Phillies 5, Red Sox 3
Cole Hamels was at his best after losing a lengthy at-bat.
Hamels cooled off Boston’s surging lineup with seven strong
innings, helping the Phillies beat the Red Sox 5-3 on Sunday to
salvage the finale of the weekend series.
Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer for the Phillies, who snapped a
six-game road losing streak with just their eighth win in their
last 24 games overall.
Adrian Beltre hit his ninth homer for Boston, which plated
double digits in each of the first two games of the series, winning
by a combined score of 22-4.
Hamels (6-5) allowed one run and five hits, struck out eight and
walked two, stopping a personal three-game skid. The left-hander
has yielded three runs or less in each of his last eight
It was an interesting contrast of pitchers between the
hard-throwing Hamels and knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.
“When he’s got a good fastball, that’s when he’s good. He was
good today, man. He beat a good team,” Phillies manager Charlie
Manuel said. “They really work the count on you, and they’ll take
the ball the other way. They’re a good team. They’re very
Hamels’ best inning may have been the sixth. He walked Victor
Martinez on the 15th pitch of the at-bat, putting runners on first
and third, but he got Beltre to bounce into an inning-ending double
“I probably should have drilled him on the first pitch. I’m
just kidding,” Hamels said. “He’s a tough hitter and after a few
pitches you just don’t want to give in. You keep going after him
and you’re hoping that all of a sudden he starts sitting on a
different pitch. I didn’t want to make it easy, and after that it’s
just grinding away. It’s going after the next guy.”
Boston manager Terry Francona was impressed with how Hamels
responded after Martinez’s walk.
“For him to do what he did after that shows what kind of
pitcher he is,” he said. “That can take a lot out of a
Wakefield (2-5) tossed 7 1-3 innings for Boston, allowing four
runs and five hits. The 43-year-old right-hander also became the
third active pitcher to reach 3,000 innings.
“That’s pretty special,” he said. “Unfortunately we lost
today. We were facing a tough guy over there in Cole Hamels.
Reaching 3,000 is pretty cool. There’s not many guys that can say
Jose Contreras relieved Hamels and pitched a scoreless eighth.
J.C. Romero was charged with two runs in the ninth, but Brad Lidge
got the final two outs for his fourth save.
Philadelphia, which had lost its last six games at Fenway Park,
strung together five consecutive hits during its four-run
“I know this: I know we can hit,” Manuel said. “We’ve been
hitting for five or six years, I know that. We hadn’t been hitting,
but we’re going to. I’ve got a lot of faith and confidence in our
Jayson Werth hit a tying RBI single and Ibanez belted the next
pitch into the Phillies’ bullpen in right to make it 3-1. Ben
Francisco doubled and Juan Castro added an RBI single.
It was a welcome sight for Philadelphia, which has had trouble
scoring the past few weeks.
Castro also hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth to make it 5-1.
Wakefield reached 3,000 innings when Shane Victorino flied out
in the third, joining Philadelphia’s Jamie Moyer and the New York
Yankees’ Andy Pettitte as the only active pitchers to reach the
mark. Pettitte accomplished the feat on Friday night.
NOTES: Red Sox OF Daniel Nava almost wasn’t in the lineup one
day after he became the second player ever to hit a grand slam on
the first pitch of his initial major league plate appearance. But
Francona elected to rest OF Mike Cameron, bothered by an abdominal
strain. … Nava still didn’t have a name plate above his locker
Sunday morning. … The Phillies went 2-4 against the Red Sox this
season, with Hamels getting both wins. … Boston 1B Kevin
Youkilis, hit on the right arm by a pitch Saturday, was given the
day off. “He’s a little sore,” Francona said. … The Phillies
have Monday off before Roy Halladay faces New York ace CC Sabathia
at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. “That’s going to be a pretty good
matchup,” Manuel said. “That’ll be real good.”