PHILADELPHIA — Tim Wakefield pitched eight shutout innings for his first victory in nearly a year, and the Boston Red Sox roughed up Roy Halladay in an 8-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Kevin Youkilis tripled, homered and scored three runs for Boston.
Wakefield’s knuckleball, which averaged in the mid-60s, flustered the Phillies. He allowed five hits and two walks in earning his first win since July 8, 2009, against Oakland. Wakefield (1-2) earned his 190th career win as the Red Sox took two of three from the Phillies.
Ramon Ramirez allowed three runs in the ninth — Raul Ibanez‘s RBI double and pinch-hitter Ross Gload later connected on a two-run homer.
Youkilis aided the Boston offense with a triple to open the second and a towering homer to left in the sixth off Halladay, giving the Red Sox a 4-0 lead. Youkilis is 21-for-58 in his career against Halladay.
Halladay (6-3) was hit hard a start after he didn’t appear to have his best stuff in a 132-pitch complete game effort against Pittsburgh on Tuesday, a 2-1 loss. On Sunday, Halladay, who has a major league-leading four complete games, saw his ERA jump from 1.64 to 2.22 after allowing eight hits and seven runs six earned in 5 2/3 innings.
Halladay appeared to have an inning-ending double play in the fourth, but Adrian Beltre‘s soft grounder went straight through third baseman Greg Dobbs‘ legs, allowing two runs to score for a 3-0 advantage.
Youkilis led off the second with a triple to deep center field, which bounced out of Shane Victorino‘s glove as he jumped for the ball. J.D. Drew followed with an RBI grounder to first, scoring Youkilis for a 1-0 lead.
The sellout was the 65th in a row at Citizens Bank Park. In the process, the Phillies became the first team in majors to surpass one million in attendance this season. … Red Sox OF Mike Cameron, who has been on the disabled list since April 20 with a lower abdominal strain, played in a rehab assignment with Double-A Portland on Sunday. He doubled in his first at-bat. … Drew was in the starting lineup despite a nagging hip flexor. … Wakefield was on the verge of registering his first shutout since July 29, 1997, against Seattle a 4-0 win over Randy Johnson. … Gload’s pinch-hit homer was his second of the season and seventh of his career.
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