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Coming into Thursday afternoon, the Sox needed to salvage this three-game series with the Phillies and leave the city of Brotherly Love in style. A stellar performance by Jon Lester let Boston do just that as the Sox departed Philadelphia with a 5-2 victory earlier today.
Jon Lester was the star of this game as he pitched seven shutout innings en route to his 10th win of the season. There was a scare in the bottom of the 9th as Bobby Jenks allowed a two-run homer to Phillies 1B Ryan Howard, but Jenks was pulled in favor of Jonathan Papelbon, who picked up his 15th save in the process.
Offensively, Jason Varitek had more home runs in Thursday’s game than he had all season with two roundtrippers as part of a 2-4 day. Dustin Pedroia added a HR of his own and the hot-hitting Josh Reddick put up two more hits to give himself a .444 avg in 14 games.
A scary moment for Philadelphia had Phillies fans holding their breath. SP Cole Hamels took an Adrian Gonzalez line drive off his glove in the 4th inning and appeared to be in considerable pain afterwards. Hamels finished the innings and x-rays after the game were negative. He will not miss his next start.
The Sox remain 2.5 games behind the Yankees thanks to the Bronx Bombers 5-0 win over Milwaukee earlier today. Boston begins a weekend series in Houston starting tomorrow night.