The Boston Red Sox (19-21) and Philadelphia Phillies (21-20) will close out a three-game interleague series on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:35 p.m. ET
Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies
Boston came away with a 7-5 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park, hitting four home runs in the contest, which has moved their total to seven in the first two games of the series. “We’re a good-hitting team,” commented Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The club came into last night’s contest leading the majors with 160 extra-base hits, which was 19 ahead of the next team in all of baseball. Boston is now an even 10-10 on the road, while improving its record to a major-league best 106-58 in interleague action since 2003.
Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett (3-4, 4.97 ERA) snapped a two-game losing streak by picking up a 5-0 home win over the Seattle Mariners, tossing seven shutout innings and allowing just four hits. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 6.23 ERA in three road outings, serving up six home runs in just 17.1 innings of action. In 20 career games (18 starts) versus the Phillies, Beckett enters with a winning 8-5 mark and 4.18 ERA, but is 2-4 with a 5.17 ERA in nine games (eight starts) in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia had its six-game win streak snapped in last night’s setback, as the club was 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position. “I felt like we had chances,” commented Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. “Although we had guys on base, we couldn’t catch up.” The club is 116-136 all-time in interleague play, including a 34-40 mark inside its current home ball park. Coming into the middle game of this series, Philadelphia was hitting .278 with 122 runs scored over its last 24 contests.
Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (0-1, 1.95 ERA) has led the club to just a single victory in his five starts, as he didn’t record a decision in a 4-3 home win over the Houston Astros last time out. He allowed just one run and five hits over eight frames in that effort, while striking out a season-high 10 batters. The left-hander is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three home outings, issuing just two walks and striking out 23 in 21 combined frames. In 11 career games versus the Red Sox, Lee has compiled a 3-4 record and 3.56 ERA, but earned a 5-0 home shutout on June 28 of last year.
Bettors will likely back the Phillies due to their 7-0 record in Lee’s last seven starts as a favorite of -110 to -150, while the Red Sox are 1-4 in Beckett’s last five road outings.
Pick: Philadelphia Phillies -140
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