|PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 20: Relief pitcher Alfredo Aceves #91 and Jarrod Saltalamacchia #39 of the Boston Red Sox bump chests after the final out was made against the Philadelphia Phillies in a MLB interleague baseball game on May 20, 2012 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Red Sox defeated the Phillies 5-1. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
The righty proved to his doubters again on Sunday that he can still be a frontline starter in the Sox' 5-1 win against the Phillies, putting together 7 2/3 innings of 1 run ball, with the only crooked number coming on Juan Pierre's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth.
Cliff Lee gave the Phillies 7 innings but a pair of homers put the game out of reach for the lefty. He allowed 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB and struck out 6 in picking up his second loss of the season.
For a second consecutive night, the Red Sox' shortstop, Mike Aviles, led off the game with a homer and singled in a run in the second to put the Sox up 2-0. The 31 year old now has 8 HR, just one behind David Ortiz for the team lead.
Also hitting a homer in his second consecutive game was Jarrod Saltalamacchia, with a 3-run jack in the top of the third. In the two games since having his ear split open and stitched up, the Sox catcher has hit a pair of homers and drove in four runs.
Vicente Padilla got the final out in the eighth before making way to Alfredo Aceves in the ninth for a non-save situation. The righty recorded a strikeout in a clean inning of work to give the Sox a series win in Philly.
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