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Game 63: Can't Win 'Em All

Though it'd certainly be nice to.


Final - 6.14.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston Red Sox 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 6 11 2
Philadelphia Phillies 1 0 0 0 4 0 6 0 X 11 14 2
WP: Chan Ho Park (3 - 1)
LP: Josh Beckett (7 - 3)

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After taking game 2 of the series 11-6, the Red Sox got a taste of their own medicine as the Phillies turned the score around and avoided the sweep.

The Red Sox again got out ahead of the Phillies in the early going, scoring 4 runs in the second thanks to back-to-back homers by Rocco Baldelli and Nick Green, a sacrifice fly by Jacoby Ellsbury, and an RBI single by Jason Bay.

Josh Beckett looked dominant up until the 5th inning, allowing only 1 run off a swinging bunt, an infield single, and something of a bloop to right. In the 5th, the Phillies managed to score 4 runs off of 4 singles and a double. There wasn't a lot of hard contact against Beckett, but the Phillies managed to make it work.

Beckett returned fire in the top of the 6th with a solo shot to left field to tie the game, but was pulled in the 7th after giving up a leadoff home run to Jimmy Rollins, and a single to Shane Victorino. The Phillies managed to pull away as Daniel Bard couldn't find the strike zone, allowing 4 runs on 3 walks and 2 hits in two-thirds of an inning, throwing only 11-of-31 pitches for strikes.

The Sox had plenty of chances early, and received significant contributions from unexpected guys like Nick Green, Julio Lugo, and George Kottaras (a combined 5-10 with 4 walks, a double, and a home run) but left 11 men on base and went 1-7 with runners in scoring position.

The Red Sox have an off day tomorrow to hopefully get their bullpen back in order, and then start a series in Fenway against the Marlins on Tuesday.