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.