Phillies 2, Red Sox 5: Phils Drop Series Finale After Cole Hamels Leaves Injured

Cole Hamels left after 4 scoreless innings when he was hit on his non-pitching hand with a line drive. X-rays taken later were negative.

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Phillies 2, Red Sox 5: Phils Drop Series Finale After Cole Hamels Leaves Injured

The Phillies dropped the finale of their three game set with the Red Sox 5-2, but still send Boston packing with a series loss. That said, more important than the outcome of the game is the health of Cole Hamels, who left the game in the fourth inning after taking an Adrian Gonzalez line drive off his non pitching hand.

X-rays taken later were negative and Hamels is expected to make his next start. Unfortunately, Hamels exit signaled the end for the Phillies this afternoon. David Herndon came on in relief and immediately gave up two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth. Andrew Carpenter relieved him and served up another two in the 8th with a pair of homers from Jason Varitek and Dustin Pedroia. Varitek actually went yard twice on the afternoon.

Meanwhile, Sox starter Jon Lester mowed through the Phillies lineup going seven shutout innings and allowing just two hits. The Phils would get on the board in the ninth when Ryan Howard hit a 2-run shot off Bobby Jenks, but that would do it for an afternoon where the Phillies managed just four hits.

Although his start was abbreviated, Hamels left the game having not surrendered a run meaning that Phillies starers ended June with a 1.96 ERA. They are the first team since 1992 to have their starters combine for a sub 2.00 ERA over a full month.

Next up for the Phillies is a trip to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays.


Cole Hamels Looks To Complete Sweep Of Red Sox This Afternoon

(Sports Network) – The Boston Red Sox came into their big interleague series with the Philadelphia Phillies leading the majors in runs scored.

That is no longer the case after adding just one run to that total in this series.

The Red Sox will try to find some offense and avoid a three-game sweep today in Philadelphia as a pair of aces in Jon Lester and Cole Hamels both go after their 10th victory of the season.

Heading into play on Tuesday, Boston led all teams with 409 runs scored, but were shut out in the opener, 5-0, by Cliff Lee before managing just a single run in last night’s 2-1 setback.

The Phillies, meanwhile, have lowered their major-league leading team earned run average to 2.98.

While it wasn’t a surprise that the former Cy Young Award-winning Lee was able to stymie the Boston offense, the Red Sox have to be a bit concerned that they managed just one run off of unknown hurler Vance Worley, who pitched a career- high seven innings to get the win.

The lone run Worley allowed was on a RBI double to counterpart John Lackey in the fifth inning.

“I think a game like tonight is great for his confidence,” Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said of Worley.

Lackey’s hit tied the game, but the Red Sox hurler later served up a tiebreaking homer to Raul Ibanez in the seventh inning. Ibanez’s shot sent the Phillies to their third straight victory and sixth in eight games while highlighting a 3-for-3 night at the plate.

It also secured Philadelphia’s first series victory over Boston since 2003 after it had lost 17 of the past 22 to the Red Sox.

Lackey came into the game with a 7.36 ERA and allowed just the two runs over 7 2/3 innings, but got little support from his offense.

“I thought he threw about as good a breaking ball or better than we’ve seen,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “I think he felt the same way, got us deep in the game, helped us with his bat. We scored one run. That’s a hard way to win.”

Boston, which now trails the New York Yankees by 2 1/2 games for first place in the American League East, has scored just one run in four of its last past six and has lost six of seven since a 14-2 stretch. Francona tried to shake things up by giving Adrian Gonzalez his second career start in right field to get designated hitter David Ortiz into the lineup at first base. Ortiz, though, went 0-for-4.

The lack of offense could put added pressure on Lester, who has lost consecutive starts for the first time since a string of four straight defeats from July 18-Aug. 4 of last year. Boston has scored just three runs over his current slide.

The 27-year-old lefty gave up four runs — three earned — over eight innings of a loss to the Brewers on June 18, then limited the Pirates to three runs — two earned — on eight hits in six innings on Friday to fall to 9-4 with a 3.66 ERA this season.

Though just 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in three interleague starts this season, Lester is 1-0 in two career games versus the Phillies, yielding just one run and striking out 16 over 14 innings.

Things have been similar for Hamels, who has also lost two straight games for the first time this season, getting just one run of support in that span.

The southpaw yielded two runs over 6 1/3 frames of a 2-0 loss at Seattle on June 19 before getting charged with two runs over eight innings of a 4-1 setback to the Athletics on Saturday.

“It’s nice to go eight innings, but I wish I could be more precise,” Hamels said after dropping to 9-4 in 16 starts with a 2.49 ERA that ranks third in the NL.

Hamels, 27, has won all three of his career starts against Boston, posting a 1.71 ERA in that span.


Phillies 2, Red Sox 1: Vance Worley Takes His Turn Shutting Down Sox

The Red Sox came into Philadelphia with the highest scoring offense in baseball, however through two games against the Phils they’ve managed just one run with Cole Hamels looming in the series finale.

One night after Cliff Lee two-hit the Sox, Vance Worley turned in a very impressive seven inning effort giving up just five hits and one run for the win. Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo each pitched a perfect inning to close it out. All three pitchers are 25 or younger.

Sox starter John Lackey turned in a solid performance himself, but was victimized by an old nemesis in Raul Ibanez, who has absolutely owned Lackey in his career (.352). Raul was 3-3 tonight, knocking in the Phillies only two runs, including what proved to be the game winning homer in the 7th.

Tonight seals the series win for the Phils, which marks the first time they’ve taken a series from the Sox since 2003. Cole Hamels takes the hill tomorrow afternoon looking for the sweep.

Final - 6.29.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston Red Sox 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Philadelphia Phillies 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 2 8 0
WP: Vance Worley (3 - 1)
SV: Antonio Bastardo (3)
LP: John Lackey (5 - 7)

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Cliff Lee Throws Third Straight Complete Game Shutout As Phillies Beat Red Sox 5-0

There was history made down at Citizens Bank Park tonight as Cliff Lee spun his third straight complete game shutout, become the first Phillie to do that since hall of famer Robin Roberts in 1950. In doing so, he also extended his scoreless innings streak to 32. In fact, he's allowed just one earned run over his last 42 innings.

Perhaps the most impressive part of this feat was that he did this against the Boston Red Sox, who currently have the highest scoring offense in the majors. Tonight, Lee allowed just two hits while striking out five. Only one baserunner even reached second base. Boston's previous lowest hit total this year was four.

Lee's counterpart, Josh Beckett, entered the evening with the lowest ERA in the AL at 1.86. Suffice to say, that's going to rise a bit after this evening. Both Domonic Brown and Shane Victorino hit 2-run homers while Lee himself knocked in a run with a sac fly.

Tonight marks the Phillies 50th win, making them the first team to fifty this year. Cliff Lee improves to 5-0 in June with an ERA of 0.21. Tonight was Lee's fourth shutout of the season and as Jayson Stark points out, that's more than 7 teams have thrown this year.

Vance Worley will take the hill tomorrow night against John Lackey.

Final - 6.28.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston Red Sox 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Philadelphia Phillies 0 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 X 5 6 0
WP: Cliff Lee (9 - 5)
LP: Josh Beckett (6 - 3)

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