John Lackey, who actually struggled in his outing against the Phillies in that series, will look to keep the two-time defending NL champs down when he gets the call for Boston.
Since Lackey's start in the opener of that series in Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia has scored an average of 2.3 runs in 17 games. The Phils have been shut out six times in that stretch, including Thursday at home against Florida.
The Sox are coming off back-to-back losses in Cleveland. Daniel Bard blew a save in Thursday's 8-7 setback.
Phillies (31-27) at Red Sox (35-27)
Friday, June 11, 7:10 p.m.
Fenway Park, Boston
The Sox have won 16 of the last 21 meetings between the teams.
LHP Jamie Moyer (6-5, 3.98 ERA) vs. RHP John Lackey (6-3, 4.72 ERA)
Lackey has won his last two decisions and five of his last seven overall. He allowed two runs in seven innings of a game the Sox eventually lost in extra innings Sunday in Baltimore.
In that outing, the big righty walked three and struck out just two, continuing a season-long pattern of rising walk totals and sinking strikeouts totals. In his last five starts, Lackey has issued 18 free passes while fanning just 14. Included in that stretch was a rocky outing in Philadelphia on May 21. In a 5-1 loss to the Phils, Lackey gave up four runs and walked five in five innings.
Moyer, on the other hand, has walked only 14 in 72 1/3 innings all year and continues to amaze at the age of 47. He is coming off the 33rd complete game of his career, a 6-2 win over San Diego six days ago.
Moyer, who pitched in 23 games for the Red Sox in 1996, is 6-12 with a 6.57 ERA against Boston, the worst mark he has against any major league team.
Lineups will be posted approximately four hours before first pitch.
Following a pair of ugly losses in Cleveland, the Sox could use some interleague play. They are 129-103 against NL teams, and while the Phillies have been considered the cream of the crop in the senior circuit, they come in searching for some offensive punch and have struggled mightily against Boston over the years.
It could offer up a great chance for the Sox to put the past two days behind them.
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