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The Philadelphia Phillies lineup has been called American League caliber and they showed what they can do against John Lackey, beating the Red Sox 5-1. The struggling righty allowed four runs in five innings taking the loss and bringing his record to 4-3 on the season. Giving up six hits and five walks in just five innings of work, Lackey struggled mightily against the potent Phillies lineup.
The game started off well enough with a home run by suddenly re-hot Victor Martinez to put the Sox up 1-0 in the first inning. Cole Hamels threw 44 pitches over the first two innings but collected himself after that and pitched into the eighth inning without giving up another run.
This isn’t to say the Sox were punchless all night. In the ninth inning the Red Sox had the bases loaded, and pinch hitter David Ortiz attempted a game tying grand slam, which fell just short of the fence and into the glove of Shane Victorino.
Martinez hit his sixth home run in the first inning, his third of the week. The catcher now has three multi-hit games in a row and has had multiple hits in for of his last five games.
Lackey has fallen on hard times since facing his former team, the Angels, on May 5th. In the following three starts Lackey has allowed 15 runs in 18 innings of work and has struck out 13 batters while walking 12. With Josh Beckett struggling and now on the disabled list the Red Sox need Lackey to come through and pitch well.
W: Cole Hamels (5-2)
L: John Lackey (4-3)
SV: J.C. Romero (2)