Just when you thought you were out on the Phillies, they pull you back in.
The Phils completed a two-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox with a 5-2 win at Fenway Park, making it their first series win in Boston since 1999.
It wasn’t a good start early as Drew Smyly gave up two runs off five hits in 3 2/3 innings. He threw 84 pitches. That ain’t a good line. But a combined bullpen effort from Jared Hughes, Ranger Suarez, Mike Morin, Jose Alvarez, and Hector Neris pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings and allowed only three hits with six strikeouts.
As for the bats, it took them some time but things looked better in the fifth. Bryce Harper hit a go-ahead two-run homer over the Green Monster. Corey Dickerson brought home two more runs in two at-bats in the seventh and ninth innings to add some insurance runs for the Phils.
They didn’t gain a ton of ground in the wild card hunt as they’re now a game and a half back of that second spot. But it could have been much worse if the team dropped both games of the series.
An off-day for the Phillies as they travel down south to Miami to take on the Marlins for a weekend series that begins Friday. 56 games left in the regular season. It ain’t over yet.
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