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We all know the Red Sox lost to the Cleveland Indians on a walk-off blooper on Thursday, but we also knew that wasn’t the last we’d hear from Boston. They made their mark against the Phillies in Boston on Friday night, building a 12-0 lead after the first three innings, with five in the first alone.
Phillies starter Jamie Moyer had his worst career start, giving up nine runs on nine hits in just one inning. The 47-year-old Moyer threw a total of 61 pitches into the second inning, where he failed to record an out. His performance Friday was in stark contrast to his previous outing against the Padres, when he went the distance in a 6-2 victory.
As bad as Moyer was, John Lackey was that much better, going seven innings while allowing just two runs on six hits and no walks. With the win, Lackey improved to 7-3 so far this season.
The Sox scored the five first-inning runs on three RBI doubles and a two-run HR off the bat of Mike Lowell, who started at first base in place of the injured Kevin Youkilis (who was out with back spasms). Boston got four more runs in the second off three more RBI doubles, and finished with eight doubles in all.
David Ortiz led the way with his 3-5 effort and four RBIs. He finished with two doubles of his own as he broke out of a recent slump that saw him go hitless in seven of his previous eight games.
The Red Sox now sit at 36-27, ranking third in the American League East. The team is currently three games behind the New York Yankees and four games behind the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Phillies, meanwhile, continued their tailspin, and have now lost 15 of their last 22 games.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (5-2) will be going up against Joe Blanton (1-4) in the second game of the series on Saturday at 4:10 p.m.