Red Sox Wrap: Phillies’ Sixth-Inning Rally Leads To 13-6 Win Vs. Boston

Boston falls to 6-18 on the season

by Sean T. McGuire

August 18, 2020

The Boston Red Sox struggled once again Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as Boston dropped its ninth straight game in a 13-6 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway Park on Tuesday night.

The Red Sox finished with 11 hits and left 10 runners on base. The Phillies totaled 16 hits with nine runners left on base.

With the loss, the Red Sox fall to 6-18 while the Phillies get back to .500 at 9-9.

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The Red Sox haven’t held leads too often these last few weeks, but even when they built a three-run lead in the third and a two-run lead in the fifth, it never felt like enough.

— Zack Godley made a respectable start. He scattered four hits in four innings with just one earned run allowed in the fourth.

— Phillip Valdez allowed one earned run on a fifth-inning home run.

— Josh Taylor coughed up Boston’s two-run lead while pitching 2/3 of the sixth. He allowed three earned runs on two hits after hitting the first batter he faced.

— Heath Hembree relieved Taylor with two outs in the sixth and was pulled later in the same inning.

Hembree allowed an RBI single for the go-ahead run, walked the next batter and allowed a game-breaking, three-run home run to Harper.

— Colten Brewer finally got that last out of the sixth and then proceeded to give up a lead-off homer in the seventh.

— Marcus Walden allowed a three-run home run to center field in the eighth inning, giving the Phillies 13 runs on the night.

— Ryan Braiser allowed one hit in the ninth inning.

— Xander Bogaerts got Boston on the board with an RBI single in the first inning to score Rafael Devers from second base. Devers slapped a one-out single off the left-field wall earlier in the inning.

— The Red Sox extended their one-run lead with a three-hit third inning.

Three consecutive doubles from Alex Verdugo, Devers and J.D. Martinez led to two more runs in the frame.

— Bogaerts recorded his second RBI of the contest on a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Verdugo scored from third base after a Devers single.

— Mitch Moreland drove in a run himself in the seventh. Jonathan Arauz scored from second base after a Bogaerts two-out single.

— Moreland drove in Jose Peraza with a double off the left-field wall in the ninth to make it 13-6.

— Verdugo is amid of a nine-game hit streak.


The Red Sox will return to Fenway Park on Wednesday as they host the Phillies for the second and final game of their series. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m. ET.

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