April 8, 2015

G2: Phillies 4, Red Sox 2

Red Sox  - 000 000 020 - 2  3  2
Phillies - 000 003 10x - 4  6  2
Jeff Francoeur's three-run home run snapped a scoreless tie on a cold, windy, misty night in Philadelphia.

Porcello (6-6-3-2-4, 101) did not have a 1-2-3 inning all night. He allowed a single in each of the first three inning, though the baserunner never advanced. There was a fielding error in the fourth, and a two-out single and walk in the fifth. In the sixth, with one out, Porcello walked Darin Ruf and Cody Asche ground a single through the infield to right. Francoeur then blasted a 1-1 pitch to left-center.

Philadelphia added a run in the seventh on a three-base throwing error by Pablo Sandoval and a sacrifice fly from Chase Utley.

Phillies reliever Ken Giles tried mightily to give the gave to the Red Sox in the eighth. After Ruf, who had moved from left field to first base, committed an error, Giles walked Ryan Hanigan and gave up a line-drive single to Xander Bogaerts. Pinch-hitter David Ortiz struck out and Mookie Betts flied to right, but then Giles was nowhere near the plate as he walked Dustin Pedroia, loading the bases, and Sandoval, forcing in Boston's second run. Philadelphia was forced to call on closer Jonathan Paplebon for four outs. Hanley Ramirez made a strong bid for his second grand slam in as many games, but he hit the ball straight into the wind and it died on the left field warning track.

The Red Sox received a two-out baserunner thanks to catcher's interference, but Bogaerts fanned to end the game.

Harang (6.1-2-0-1-8, 105) retired the first 11 Red Sox batters before Sandoval singled in the fourth. K.F. Panda finished the night with two singles and a walk. Pedroia walked twice.
Rick Porcello / Aaron Harang
Betts, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Sandoval, 3B
Ramirez, LF
Napoli, 1B
Nava, RF
Hanigan, C
Bogaerts, SS
Porcello, P

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