The Sox bats finally come alive as they salvage a game in Philly with a 5-2 victory. It was also Terry Francona's 700th victory as manager of the Boston Red Sox. This was one hell of a pitcher's duel until Hamels had to leave the game after the 4th inning following a couple of line drives to his glove hand. Hamels had only given up 2 hits in his outing and it turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to the Red Sox.
The bats suddenly caught fire when the Phillies bullpen was introduced to the game in the 5th when Ellsbury and Sutton each drove in runs. Drew Sutton had a great 28th birthday, going 2-for-4 with 2 singles and an RBI. Jason Varitek was a beast, hitting a solo shot in the 6th, then going back-to-back with Pedroia by following his solo shot with one of the 2-run variety. Those two homers were his 500th and 501st extra-base hits in his career.
Varitek, Sutton, Scutaro, and Reddick all recorded 2 hit games, and Ellsbury did them one better by recording a 3-hit game. Josh Reddick has been awesome in the outfield and his triple and single give him a .444 batting average and .722 SLG %.
Now we get to Jon Lester. Jon Lester came through when the Red Sox needed him the most. Lester threw 120 pitches over 7 shutout innings, giving up only 2 hits, 2 walks and striking out 5. Lester may have caught a break with the exit of Hamels, but he did everything he had to do and got his 10th win of the season. Bobby Jenks continued to struggle, giving up 2 hits, one of them a home run to Howard, and a walk in 1/3 of an inning. Pap came in to clean up the mess to grab his 15th save.
The Sox will have a golden opportunity to get back on track against the Astros this weekend.