Phillies - 100 000 101 - 3 9 0 Red Sox - 100 000 000 - 1 4 0I began the day in Madrid, Spain, took a detour through Charlotte, North Carolina, and ended it in my chair in Mississauga, Ontario, watching the Red Sox drop a pitchers duel to the Phillies. (Actually, jet lag limited my viewing to seven innings.)
Cliff Lee (8-4-1-0-8, 95) shut down the Red Sox in an impressive outing. He allowed a run in the first inning - Jacoby Ellsbury singled to left, stole second, and scored on Dustin Pedroia's hard grounder to right - but then retired 11 in a row and 22 of the next 23 batters. He also got ahead 0-2 on Red Sox hitters 11 times.
Boston's other hits were Daniel Nava's fifth-inning single and an infield hit from Jose Iglesias in the eighth. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth, striking out Jonny Gomes and retiring Pedroia and David Ortiz on ground balls.
Ryan Dempster (7-6-2-3-4, 98) bounced back from some disappointing starts with a strong showing. Michael Young homered in the first inning, but Dempster kept the Phillies off the board until the bottom of the order pushed across a run in the seventhm snapping the 1-1 tie. John Mayberry singled, was bunted to second, and scored the go-ahead run on Erik Kratz's single. Junichi Tazawa gave up a solo dong to Domonic Brown in the ninth.
Also: The Mets scored two runs off Yankees' closer Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning in Queens, so the Red Sox (32-21) stayed 1 GA in the AL East.