Lester, Varitek lead Red Sox to 5-2 win over Phillies

The Boston Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 on Thursday, June 30, 2011 to avoid being swept by the defending National League East champions. The afternoon contest saw four homeruns, three of which were hit by the visiting Red Sox.

Jon Lester pitched seven strong innings to record his 10th victory of the season for Boston. Lester only allowed four Phillies to reach base and struck out five batters.

The game remained scoreless until the fifth inning when Drew Sutton and Jacoby Ellsbury recorded RBI singles to put the Sox up 2-0. Both runs were scored off of Phillies pitcher David Herndon, who entered the game after starter Cole Hamels left with a wrist injury.

Hamels was hit in the left wrist by a line drive in the top of the fourth inning. After being examined by team personnel, he finished the frame but did not return for the fifth inning. He surrendered two hits and struck out two batters in his four innings of work.

The Red Sox pushed their lead to 3-0 in the sixth inning following a solo homerun by catcher Jason Varitek. That lead blossomed to 5-0 in the eighth after Dustin Pedroia and Varitek hit back-to-back homers off of Drew Carpenter.

The Phillies got on the board in the ninth after a two-run homerun by Ryan Howard but it was too little too late. The Phils only managed to get four hits on the day and saw their three-game win streak come to an end.

While many believed this series to be a World Series preview, only time will tell if the Phillies and Red Sox square off again in 2011.

Photo by Nick LaRosa (iPhone 4)

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