Red Sox - 001 101 010 - 4 8 0 Phillies - 400 010 01x - 6 6 0Daniel Bard (5-3-5-5-3, 94) walked three of the first four batters he faced tonight, and allowed four first-inning runs. He threw 32 pitches in the inning, and put the Red Sox in a deep hole.
They chipped away against Hamels (7-6-3-1-9, 113), though. Mike Aviles homered in the third, and Cody Ross doubled and scored in the fourth and then homered in the sixth. Adrian Gonzalez went deep off Chad Qualls in the eighth. But Boston was never able to get any sort of sustained rally going against the Phillies.
Trailing by two runs and facing Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning, Kelly Shoppach reached on an infield hit. He took second when Daniel Nava grounded to first and went to third on Marlon Byrd's grounder to shortstop. Bobby Valentine was ejected for arguing that Byrd was safe because Jimmy Rollins's throw pulled John Mayberry Jr.'s foot off the bag. Replays from numerous angles were inconclusive. Papelbon then struck out Nick Punto on three pitches to end the game.
Aviles, SSThe scourge of inter-league play is upon us once again, as the Red Sox visit Jonathan Papelbon and the Phillies for three games.
Bard allowed only one run in six innings in his last start, Sunday against Cleveland. When he could not command his fastball, he had to rely more heavily on his secondary pitches.
It forced me to use the changeup and use the breaking ball. That's what kept me in the game and kept them off-balance just enough.Bard has a 3.00 ERA over the first five innings of his starts and a 10.29 ERA thereafter.
Over his last six starts (42 innings), Hamels has a 1.93 ERA. His season ERA is 2.28 ERA, just barely out of the Top 10 in the National League.
Papelbon is tied for the NL lead with 11 saves. He has allowed runs in only two of his 16 appearances.