Papelbon closes door on Sox in Fenway return

Papelbon closes door on Sox in Fenway return
May 29, 2013, 12:15 am
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BOSTON -- Jonathan Papelbon now has 105 career saves at Fenway Park. But on Tuesday night, he picked up his first save at Fenway as a member of another team.

Now the closer for the Philadelphia Phillies, Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth inning against his former Red Sox club on Tuesday night.

"He was powerful, threw the occasional slider and split," said Boston manager John Farrell after his team's 3-1 loss to the Phillies. "He attacked the strike zone as he does and has for the better part of his career."

Papelbon entered the game in the ninth to a mixed reaction from the Fenway faithful, replacing the brilliant Cliff Lee, who had dominantly thrown only 95 pitches.

Jonny Gomes struck out, Dustin Pedroia grounded out to third, and David Ortiz grounded out to second, as Papelbon picked up his 10th save of the season and improved his season ERA to 0.92.

"I was trying not to look at his face, man," said Ortiz. "I tried hard, hard."

"It was different," said Pedroia. "Pap's always going to be family to me. We've been through a lot together. He did great things for us here. It was a little different. I hope he does bad the next couple of games, but saves every game for the rest of his life.

"He works, he's smart, he puts in the time," added Pedroia. "He knows how to pitch. He watches hitters, he watches the game. I know everyone thinks he's insane, but he's a pretty intelligent pitcher. And there's a reason why he's been so good."