Close But No Win for Red Sox
By ROB MAADDI AP Sports Writer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ John Lackey had his best outing in two
months and chipped in at the plate.
The rest of the Boston Red Sox couldn’t do anything.
Raul Ibanez hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh, Vance
Worley pitched seven strong innings and the Philadelphia Phillies
beat Boston 2-1 on Wednesday night.
Lackey (5-7) gave up two runs and eight hits in 7 2-3 innings.
It was his first quality start since April 30 and his finest effort
since tossing eight scoreless innings on April 24.
“I thought he was tremendous, he had good breaking balls,
better than I’ve ever seen, I think,” Red Sox manager Terry
Francona said. “We scored one run for him. That’s all there is to
it. But, I thought he was terrific.
“And he took our best swing of the night, too.”
Lackey lowered his ERA from 7.36 to 6.81. He hit a game-tying
RBI double in the fifth.
“Over 162 games, it runs both directions,” Lackey said of the
lack of run support. “We have a great offensive team.”
In a series billed as a World Series preview, the major
league-leading Phillies (51-30) have taken two straight and go for
a sweep Thursday.
Worley (3-1) allowed one run, five hits and struck out five. The
rookie right-hander has filled in nicely for injured starters Roy
Oswalt and Joe Blanton.
Michael Stutes pitched a perfect eighth and Antonio Bastardo
finished for his third save and first filling in for Ryan Madson.
The Phillies are down to their fourth closer with Madson, Jose
Contreras and Brad Lidge on the disabled list.
Ibanez was 3 for 3 with two RBIs, falling a triple short of the
cycle. He came in 5 for 44. But he’s now 22 for 57 off Lackey.
“He’s seen me in the AL West,” Lackey said. “There’s not many
pitches he hasn’t seen.”
The Red Sox have lost six of seven since going 14-2.
Desperate to wake up a slumping offense, Francona gave Adrian
Gonzalez his second career start in right field so David Ortiz
could play first base. Ortiz hadn’t started the previous four games
because there is no designated hitter in NL parks.
It didn’t work. Big Papi was 0 for 4.
“I felt a little off, sure,” Ortiz said. “In the first
at-bat, I just couldn’t pull the trigger. After that, I felt a
little more comfortable. But not enough.”
Gonzalez didn’t have any putouts in his first game in right
since 2005. He went back to the wall and leaped for a ball hit by
Chase Utley in the eighth, but it bounced high off the railing and
went for a triple.
Ibanez put the Phillies up 2-1 when he led off the bottom of the
seventh with a drive to the seats in right. It was his first homer
since May 30, and snapped a streak of 90 at-bats without one.
The Red Sox tied it at 1 in the fifth on Lackey’s fourth career
hit. Josh Reddick singled with one out and scored on Lackey’s
two-out double. Lackey was 3 for 36 with one double and one RBI in
his career before hitting a 3-2 pitch to deep left-center.
Ibanez gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the second with an RBI
single. Shane Victorino led off the inning with a double down the
left-field line. He scored when Ibanez hit a hard liner to
Notes: Red Sox RHP Clay Buchholz said he’s unlikely to pitch
before the All-Star break. Buchholz has been sidelined by a lower
back strain. … Bernard Hopkins, the oldest boxer to win a major
world championship, talked to the Phillies before the game. … A
crowd of 45,612 was the 181st straight sellout at Citizens Bank
Park, including postseason play.
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