No love in Philly

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No love in Philly

PHILADELPHIA -- The Red Sox -- or, more specifically, Daniel Bard -- made the mistake of giving the Philadelphia Phillies too much of a head start Friday night.

Bard, who walked three of the first four hitters he faced, was roughed up for four runs in the first, and though the Red Sox outscored the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 the rest of the way, the early lead proved too much to over as the Phils held off the Sox, 6-4.

Bard walked five and hit two more in his worst start in some time, dropping to 3-5 for the season.

The Sox later got solo homers from Mike Aviles (his first in May), Cody Ross (his second in as many nights) and Adrian Gonzalez (his first in more than a month) and a sacrifice fly from Daniel Nava to close to within a run.

But after Bard had followed his disastrous first with four scoreless innings and Matt Albers added two scoreless innings of his own, Franklin Morales surrendered a solo homer to Freddy Galvis in the eighth to give the Phils' a two-run cushion.

It marked the end of 23 straight scoreless appearances for Morales, dating back to June 28, also at Philadelphia.

Former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon closed out the game with his 12th save in 12 opportunities.

STAR OF THE GAME: Cole Hamels
Hamels gave up two homers to the Red Sox, but had the good sense to do so with the bases empty. He went six innings and limited the Red Sox to just three runs while fanning nine and improving to 6-1.

HONORABLE MENTION: Carlos Ruiz
With injuries to Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, Ruiz has stepped up and become an offensive force for the Phils. In the first inning, he had a two-run single and later added a single in the eighth.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Daniel Bard
Problems continue for Bard, most of them centered around his command -- or lack thereof. Bard walked three of the first four hitters he faced and all three came around to score in a four-run first. He walked five on the night, giving him 13 walks over his last three outings.

TURNING POINT: Would you believe the sixth pitch of the game? That's when, with a full count on leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins, Bard elected to throw a slider. He walked Rollins, putting himself in a funk and leading to an inning in which he unraveled.

BY THE NUMBERS: 23
When Franklin Morales allowed a solo homer to Freddy Galvis, it snapped a streak of 23 consecutive scoreless innings on the road for the lefty reliever.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "The walks...they're not acceptable. You can't leave your team out there.'' Bobby Valentine on Bard's wildness.

Quotes, notes and stars: Barnes takes the blame in loss

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Quotes, notes and stars: Barnes takes the blame in loss

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 10-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals:

QUOTES

“That one’s one me. I’ve got to do a better job of securing that lead and getting out of that inning.” - Matt Barnes on giving up the lead.

“When he tries to go down and away to right-handers, the ball’s leaking back to the middle a bit. That was the case against [Lorenzo] Cain [and Raul] Mondesi in this case tonight. It’s on the plate first pitch, bases loaded he’s trying to get a strike to get ahead. But in general, Barnes has pitched to the edge at times and missed, and then when he’s on the plate it’s probably found the middle of the plate a bit too much.” - John Farrell on Barnes’ outing.

“I think everybody in that bullpen believes in every single person down there.” - Barnes said on the bullpen.

“It was good, everything was good . . . Just the fastball command was a little out of control.” - Eduardo Rodriguez on his left hamstring and his performance.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz launched his 31st home run of the season, which also marked the 534th of his career, tying Jimmie Foxx for 18th on the all-time home run chart.

* Mookie Betts recorded his Major League-leading 56th multi-hit game of the season.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. finished 1-for-2, bumping his average to .317 (77-for-243) at Fenway this season.

* The Red Sox grounded into four double plays, tying their season high on 6/12 against Minnesota.

* Matt Barnes’ ERA jumped from 3.68 before Sunday’s game to 4.45 after giving up 5 runs without recording an out.

 

STARS

1) Raul Mondesi

Mondesi’s bases-clearing triple in the sixth opened the floodgates and gave Kansas City the lead they would continue to build off.

2) Matt Strahm

 Strahm relieved Yordano Ventura after his short 4 and 1/3-inning outing. He held the Red Sox scoreless through 2.2 innings to earn his second win of the season.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez launched his sixth home run in his last eight games against Boston. He became the Royal to homer in three-straight games at Fenway since Billy Butler did in 2011.

First impressions: Red Sox implode in 6th inning, lose to Royals, 10-4

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First impressions: Red Sox implode in 6th inning, lose to Royals, 10-4

BOSTON -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 10-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals:

 

Boston’s bullpen continues to be a roll of the dice every night.

This time Matt Barnes was the latest reliever to suffer from the plague that’s filled this bullpen all season.

Part of it was bad luck on two perfectly placed balls, the other part was Raul Mondesi lacing a triple, and Lorenzo Cain smacking a single.

Robbie Ross was better, but not by much.

No lead seems safe in the hands of any Boston reliever.

 

David Ortiz keeps putting himself in the same breath as legendary Hall of Famers.

This time it was former Red Sox great Jimmie Foxx, who Ortiz is now tied with at 534 home runs, 18th all time.

Early in the season he’d match a legendary player every so often, it was impressive. Now it’s almost to be expected every night he plays.

Next on the all-time home run list is Yankee Legend Mickey Mantle with 536.

 

The bottom of the order continues to play an important role in Boston’s run production.

Chris Young got things started in the fifth, then Sandy Leon and Jackie Bradley Jr. kept it rolling so both Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts could cash in all three runners.

Moving JBJ back to ninth Saturday proved to be a good move, and moving Leon back down with his recent scuffles seems to be the best move, too.

Not only can they knock each other in any given instance, but they also put Dustin Pedroia (or Holt) and Bogaerts in run-producing situations, as opposed to just setting the table.

 

Chris Young’s hamstring shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

He was able to leg out the soft grounder to third base in the first inning.

Young has lost a step or two with age, but it seemed like he opened it up on the play.

Hopefully that’s a sign of the end of the injuries in left field this season.

 

Junichi Tazawa looked strong.

That’s more so an observation of his fastball reaching 94 mph.

Tazawa has a long way to go before he’s back to where he was, but the righty took a step in the right direction Sunday night. He retired Kansas City’s 2-3-4 hitters in his first inning and working past a leadoff single in his second inning of work.