Red Sox beat Phillies in interleague play, 5 - 2 in game 61 of season
The Interleague series opener at Citizens Bank Park was all about Jon Lester's dominance -- until the ninth, with the southpaw out and the 'pen up against Ryan Howard.
The slugger sent it to extras with a mighty swing, but the Red Sox made their own luck in the 13th inning with a three-run rally to spoil their host's fun.
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With one out in the 13th, the Red Sox offense came alive.
Boston had not had a hit since the eighth when Jason Bay singled to left-center off Kyle Kendrick. Pinch-hitter Julio Lugo lined a 1-0 pitch (a fastball low in the zone) to left for a hit. Jason Varitek walked on five pitches to load the bases. There was a meeting at the mound, but there would be no relief help. This was Kendrick's responsibility.
I watched the Sox game computer-free tonight, and for some reason NESN decided to ignore the Yanks instead of giving us updates. So I didn't find out about that horrible finish until after our game. And that's good, as I got to enjoy our finish without knowing about the Yankee crap. The Bard of Savon gave us a scare, but got it done. What a job by Lester again tonight, too bad he couldn't get the W. Nick Green has been huge for us lately. Even Lugo came in and got a key hit. Despite Ram-Ram giving up a ninth inning, game tying dong, we score three in the 13th for the 5-2 win.