Philadelphia Phillies defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-3
BOSTON—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 t...
The two-strike pitches kept coming from Cole Hamels and Victor Martinez stubbornly fouled them off. A curveball sent off to the right, a fastball deflected to the left, a changeup rifled straight back; all good pitches that were spoiled as Martinez tried to find his way on base.
There were nine foul balls before Martinez drew the toughest walk of his career.
“I can never remember an at-bat like that,’’ he said. “I was getting tired.’’
As Martinez trotted to first,...