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Alfredo Aceves was solid in a spot start appearance in place of Clay Buchholz. Pedroia and Napoli each homered in the first inning as the Sox down the Phillies in the first game of this four game series.
Buchholz was scratched from Monday’s game due to collarbone and AC joint irritation. Alfredo Aceves came up big after a couple lackluster efforts with the Red Sox rotation before getting sent down to AAA. With Buchholz scratched Aceves had a chance to come in on short notice and help the Red Sox when their best starter couldn’t pitch.
Aceves went six innings, allowing just one run on seven hits and three walks to help the Red Sox secure their fourth straight victory and claim sole possession of first place in the AL East.
Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, an RBI, and a run scored. Stephen Drew knocked in two runs and scored twice for Boston. Pedrioa also drove home two runs as the Red Sox offence backed up Aceves which earned him his second win this season.
Starter Tyler Cloyd gave up six runs on nine hits in just 2 1/3 innings to take the loss, Philadelphia’s third in its last four games. The Phillies got a run back in the third inning with Kratz’s homerun to right field, but the Red Sox put up three more runs in the bottom half of the third to cushion their lead.
Ortiz smacked a leadoff double before Napoli’s fly ball down the right-field line one-hopped into the stands for a ground-rule double which drove home Ortiz from second. Drew then drove in Napoli with a single to right to extend the Red Sox lead to 5-1.
Cloyd then struck out Mike Carp before Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s single to right ended Cloyd’s night. Cloyd was replaced by Michael Stutes out of the bullpen. Stutes got Jose Iglesias to pop out for the second out, but Ellsbury drove a slicing ball into left-center field that was just out of the reach of a diving Ben Revere. Drew then scored from second which gave the Sox a 6-1 lead, but Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins gunned out Saltalamacchia at the plate for the final out of the inning.
Boston added on to their cushioned lead with a pair of runs in the fifth. Drew hit a hard a one-out single then Mike Carp followed with a double. Saltalamacchia then drove an RBI single to right which allowed both Red Sox runners to score and take an 8-1 lead..
Brown belted a two run home run in the eighth to bring Philadelphia within five, but it was not enough as the Red sox held on after a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the inning gave them a 9-3 advantage.
Aceves was sent back down to the minors on Tuesday to make room for a returning Franklin Morales.