Sox overwhelmed by longball, lose to Phils, 4-3

Sox overwhelmed by longball, lose to Phils, 4-3
May 29, 2013, 10:30 pm
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PHILADELPHIA -- Citizens Bank Ballpark is known as a launching pad, but only one team seemed to have the launch codes.

The Philadelphia Phillies smacked four solo homers -- two by Domonic Brown -- and held off the Red Sox 4-3 Wednesday night.

Starter John Lackey allowed the first three -- to Ryan Howard in the second; Brown's first in the fourth; followed immediately by one from Erik Kratz -- and reliever Koji Uehara yielded the final one -- to Brown, again -- in the eighth.

The Sox got a solo homer from Daniel Nava to lead off the sixth, but that was their only long ball. Boston had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Jacoby Ellsbury tripled over center fielder Ben Revere's head and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly from Dustin Pedroia.

Rallying in the ninth, the Sox made things interesting. Ellsbury's bloop double scored Stephen Drew and sent Jonny Gomes to third as the potential tying run against Jonathan Papelbon.

But Papelbon got Nava to ground out to first for the final out, notching his second save in as many nights against his former team.

Boston had threatened in the sixth after Nava homered, putting runners at first and second with no out. But Jarrod Saltalamacchia lined out to center and Mike Carp hit into an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play.

It was more of the same in the seventh when a one-out double from Jose Iglesias and a hit batsman (pinch hitter Jonny Gomes) gave the Sox two on. Ellsbury, however, took a called third strike and Nava hit into a forceout to end the inning.

Phils starter Kyle Kendrick limited the Sox to two runs over six innings for the win.

AT A GLANCE

STAR OF THE GAME: Domonic Brown
One good thing about interleague play -- the Red Sox only have to face Brown one more time this regular season. Brown has hit four homers in three games against the Sox this season, including two last night, the second of which provided the margin of victory.

HONORABLE MENTION: Kyle Kendrick
The Phils' starter wasn't overpowering by any stretch, but limited the Sox to just two runs over six innings of work. He fell behind 1-0 after three batters, but didn't allow another run the rest of the way until Daniel Nava homered off him to open the sixth.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Koji Uehara
Uehara got John Mayberry Jr. to pop up with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh, but then yielded Brown's second homer of the night to lead off the eighth. That homer spelled the difference when the Sox rallied for a run in the top of the
ninth.

TURNING POINT: The Sox seemed to have Kendrick on the ropes in the sixth after Nava's homer, thanks to an error by Ryan Howard and a walk to Mike Napoli. But neither runner advanced as Jarrod Saltalamacchia lined out and Mike Carp bounced into a rally-killing double play.

BY THE NUMBERS: Jacoby Ellsbury hit his fifth triple of the season in the first inning, the most by any Red Sox player after the first 54 games of the season since Nomar Garciaaparra had five in 2003.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "The ballpark got me a little bit, for sure, but that's where the game was played.'' John Lackey, on allowing three solo homers in a homer-friendly Citizen Bank Ballpark.