The Phils won the opener of their series with the Red Sox, their sixth win in a row, but dropped the next two games of the set, putting them back at .500 for the season.
After the first game of the series, the rotation for the Phillies had made quality starts in nine games in a row. Game two featured Blanton’s worst start of the season and Cliff Lee followed that up with his worst outing of the year in game three.
Lee still doesn’t have a win on the year, but that has a whole lot more to do with the 14 runs the Phillies have scored in his six starts and the 7.62 ERA and 1.92 ratio the bullpen has thrown to in his games than it does with his 2.66 ERA or 0.86 ratio.
Yesterday, Lee allowed five runs in the first three innings and the Phils dropped game three 5-1.
The Phillies are 21-21 on the year after losing 5-1 to the Boston Red Sox yesterday afternoon. Boston takes the series two games to one.
Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and two home runs. He struck out six.
Mike Aviles was the first batter of the game and hit a 1-1 pitch from Lee out to left. 1-0. Lee struck out Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz before Adrian Gonzalez singled into center. Will Middlebrooks struck out swinging to leave Gonzalez at first.
Daniel Nava walked with one out in the second and moved to second when Marlon Byrd followed with a single into left. The pitcher Josh Beckett was next and bunted. Lee fielded the bunt and threw to third, forcing Nava for the second out. It left runners on first and second with two down for Aviles and he singled to left, scoring Byrd (2-0) and moving Beckett up to second. Pedroia grounded to third for the third out.
Gonzalez singled to left with one out in the third and moved to third when Middlebrooks followed with a double to center. Jarrod Saltalamacchia was next and he hit a 2-0 pitch out to center for a three-run homer, putting the Red Sox up 5-0. Lee got Nava and Byrd on a fly ball to center and a line drive handled by Galvis to end the frame.
Lee allows five runs overall and two home runs in the first three innings of the game.
He set Boston down in order in the fourth, fifth and sixth.
Beckett led off the seventh with a single into center, but Lee got Aviles to ground into a double-play behind him. Pedroia singled to center before Ortiz flew to center to leave him at first.
Diekman pitched the eighth and set the Red Sox down in order, striking out Gonzalez, Middlebrooks and Saltalamacchia to drop his ERA for the year to 12.00.
Qualls pitched the ninth with the Phils down 5-1. He got Nava on a fly ball to left for the first out and struck out Byrd for the second. Switch-hitter Nick Punto hit for the pitcher Vicente Padilla and Qualls walked him, but Aviles went down on a ground ball to second to turn Boston away.
First time in three outings that Qualls is not charged with a run.
Two scoreless innings for the pen in the game in which they allow a walk but no hits. Qualls threw 21 pitches in the game and Diekman 11.
The Phillies lineup against righty Josh Beckett went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Victorino (4) Pence (5) Wigginton (6) Mayberry (7) Galvis (8) Schneider. Polanco continues to sit with a sprained left ankle. Wigginton at third and Mayberry at first — both those guys should be on the bench against a lefty. Schneider catches with Ruiz on the bench.
Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the bottom of the first.
They were down 2-0 when Pence led off the second with a single, but Wigginton hit into a double-play behind him. Mayberry struck out swinging to end the inning.
Down 5-0, Galvis reached on an infield single to start the third. Schneider popped up to Beckett in foul territory for the first out before Lee moved Galvis up to third with a double. Rollins grounded to third for the second out with the runners holding. Pierre lined to first to leave them stranded.
No run for the Phillies after putting runners on second and third with one out. No RBI for Rollins as he grounds to third for the second out.
Victorino led off the fourth with a single and stole second before Pence lined to first for the first out. Wigginton grounded to third and Mayberry lined to right.
No run for the Phils after putting a runner on second with nobody out.
They went in order in the fifth.
Rollins walked to start the sixth, but Pierre hit into a double-play behind him. Victorino popped to short for the third out.
Pence singled to start the seventh, but the Phils went in order behind him.
With one out in the eighth, Orr hit for Diekman and doubled to right. Rollins followed with a single that moved Orr up to third. Pierre was next and flew to left for the second out/ Orr tagged and scored, cutting the lead to 5-1 and a throwing error by Nava allowing Rollins to move up to second. Beckett walked Victorino to put two men on and righty Vicente Padilla walked Pence to load the bases. It brought Wigginton to the plate at the tying run, but he grounded to second to set the Phillies down.
One run in the frame for the Phils on a double, a single, an error and two walks.
Righty Alfredo Aceves set Galvis and Mayberry down for the first two outs in the ninth. Ruiz hit for Schneider and grounded to second to end the game.
Rollins was 1-for-3 with a walk in the game and 2-for-11 with three walks in the series. He’s hitting 229/295/283 for the season.
Pierre 0-for-3 with an RBI. 0-for-8 in the series. 4-for-his-last-22 and hitting 319/360/353 for the year.
Victorino 1-for-3 with a walk in the series. 4-for-10 with a double and three walks in the set. 253/317/400 for the year.
Pence 2-for-3 with a walk in the series. 5-for-10 with three walks and a home run in the series. 268/324/506 for the season. 286/356/636 in May with seven home runs in 87 plate appearances.
Wigginton 0-for-4 and left six men on base. 2-for-11 in the series. 179/299/179 over his last 67 plate appearances. Batting .179 and slugging .179 means no extra-base hits — 10-for-his-last-56 with ten singles and 19 strikeouts. 250/336/333 for the season.
Mayberry 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 4-for-11 with two walks and a double in the series. 310/370/452 over his last 46 plate appearances. 248/279/333 for the year. 215/271/262 for the year against right-handed pitching.
Galvis 1-for-4 and struck out twice. 4-for-12 with two home runs in the series. 242/275/409 for the year. His isolated power for the season of .167 is better than the isolated power for Victorino, Mayberry, Wigginton or Rollins.
Schneider 0-for-3 in his only action of the series, dropping his line for the year to 278/297/389.
In Saturday’s game, Blanton was charged with seven runs over 4 1/3 innings as the Red Sox topped the Phils 7-5. Boston jumped out to an early 5-1 lead in the game and the Phillie comeback fell short. Galvis hit his second homer in two games for the Phils and Mayberry, Luna and Victorino all had three hits. Valdes, Savery and Contreras combined to provide 4 2/3 innings of shutout relief in the game after Blanton exited in the fifth. Boston hit four home runs off of Blanton in his 4 1/3 frames.
Friday the Phils won the opener 6-4 behind Hamels, who allowed three runs over seven innings. The Phils jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first on RBI by Wigginton and Mayberry and a two-run single by Ruiz. Qualls gave up yet another homer to a lefty in the eighth, this time Adrian Gonzalez, to cut the lead to 5-4, but Galvis hit one out in the bottom of the eighth to extend the lead to 6-4. Papelbon closed the door in the ninth for his twelfth save.
Kendrick (0-3, 5.96) faces righty Gio Gonzalez (5-1, 2.22) tonight. Kendrick hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last three starts. Gonzalez faced the Phils on May 5 and held them to a run over seven innings.