Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
BOS 44-28 371 5.15 X 806 (x) 64 12
PHI 41-30 381 5.37 2 795 (2) 48 7

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
BOS 44-28 301 4.18 X 3.77 (x) 3.95 (x)
PHI 41-30 291 4.10 3 4.40 (8) 2.62 (1)

Ryan Howard is going to have to hit for a while to get some of his numbers for the season up to where everyone expects them to be. That doesn’t look like it’s going to be a problem. Howard’s 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs and four RBI paced the Phillies to a win against the Red Sox last night. He’s 9-for-his-last-18 with a double, a triple, two home runs and 13 RBI.

Despite his .224 average, Howard is tied for the league lead in RBI and tied for second in home runs.

The talk of a possible World Series matchup is way premature, but it doesn’t change the fact that last night’s game also saw Cole Hamels shut down one of the better offenses in baseball. Hamels held Boston to two runs over seven innings and the Phillies won for the eighth time in the last ten games he has started.

The Phillies beat the Boston Red Sox last night, winning 8-2 to improve to 42-30 on the season.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and two home runs. He struck out five.

Dustin Pedroia doubled with one out in the first, but Hamels struck out JD Drew and Manny Ramirez to leave him stranded.

Sean Casey doubled to right with one out in the second and Julio Lugo followed with a walk. Hamels struck out pitcher Bartolo Colon for the third out.

Pedroia singled with one out in the third, but Hamels got Drew to pop to short and Manny on a ground ball to second for the third out.

Casey singled with one out in the fourth and moved to third when Lugo followed with a double. Hamels again struck out Colon to end the frame.

With one out in the fifth, Pedroia got ahead 3-1 and hit one way out to left to cut the Phillies’ lead to 4-1. Drew followed and hit a 1-1 pitch out to right-center. Hamels got Ramirez and Mike Lowell on ground balls to set Boston down.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 sixth and a 1-2-3 seventh.

Hamels started the eighth up 8-2 having thrown 102 pitches. He got ahead of Drew 0-2 before throwing four straight balls. Durbin came in to pitch to the righty Manny and got him to hit into a double-play. Lowell popped to short for the third out.

Durbin returned for the ninth and gave up a two-out double to Brandon Moss, but struck out Alex Cora to end the game.

Durbin seemed like an odd choice with a six-run lead after he threw an inning on Sunday. Condrey or Seanez would have been my guess. Durbin threw 17 pitches and lowered his ERA to 1.55 for the year with two scoreless innings.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Bartolo Colon went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right against the righty. Ruiz catches Hamels.

Rollins led off the first and got ahead 1-0 before he ripped a ball down the right field line. 1-0. Victorino followed with a double before Utley struck out for the first out. Howard got ahead 1-0 and then he hit one out to the opposite field. 3-0. Burrell walked, but Jenkins grounded out and Feliz struck out.

Rollins singled with two outs in the second and Rollins moved him to second with a walk. Utley popped to first to leave both runners stranded.

Howard started the first and pounded one out to left-center to put the Phils up 4-0. Burrell followed with a single, but Jenkins, Feliz and Ruiz all went down behind him. Jacoby Ellsbury made a nice diving play in center to take a hit away from Ruiz for the third out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth.

With two outs in the fifth, Burrell hit one high off the wall in center. The ball rolled a long way — long enough for Burrell to wind up at third with his first triple since August 11, 2006. Jenkins struck out to leave him stranded.

Feliz walked to start the sixth and moved to second when Ruiz followed with a single. Hamels bunted the runners to second and third. Rollins ripped a single into right-center and both runners scored, putting the Phils up 6-2. Victorino singled and Rollins went to third. Utley was next and he hit a check swing ground ball to short. It wasn’t hit hard enough for Boston to turn two. Rollins scored and it was 7-2 with Utley on first and two down. Howard hammered the first pitch of his at-bat into right-center. Ellsbury dove for it at the warning track and the ball went off his glove. Howard had a triple and Utley scored to put the Phils up 8-2. Burrell walked and Taguchi ran for him. Jenkins grounded out for the third out.

If you thought that Howard and Burrell were both going to triple in the game you could have gotten some pretty nice odds.

Hamels singled with two outs in the seventh, but Rollins flew to right for the third out.

1-2-3 in the eighth.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. Just his sixth of the year.

Victorino 2-for-4 with a double.

Utley 0-for-5 with an RBI. He’s 0-for-his-last-12.

Howard was 3-for-5 with a triple, two home runs and four RBI.

Burrell 2-for-2 with two walks.

Jenkins 0-for-4 and left five men on base. He’s 2-for-his-last-28.

Feliz 0-for-3.

Ruiz 1-for-4.

Jamie Moyer (7-3, 4.12) faces lefty Jon Lester (5-3, 3.43) tonight. Lester hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last nine starts. Lefties and righties are hitting about the same against him (.253 for righties and .240 for lefties), but his walk rate for righties is much higher. Righties are on-basing .338 against him this season compared to .301 for lefties. Moyer comes off of eight shutout innings against the Marlins in which he allowed two hits. The Phillies have won the last six games he has started.