Making his first major league start in more than a month -- and just his second major league appearance in that span -- Alfredo Aceves limited the Philadelphia Phillies to a single run over six innings, leading the Red Sox to their fourth straight victory, a 9-3 thumping of the Phils.
Aceves allowed seven hits while walking three and fanning four to earn his second win of the season. He was helped by three double plays in the first four innings.
The Sox provided Aceves with plenty of offensive backing, banging out 14 hits, including seven extra-base hits.
Homers by Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli in the first inning accounted for a 3-0 lead. The Sox tacked on three more runs in the third by piecing together doubles from David Ortiz, Napoli and Jacoby Ellsbury and a run-scoring single by Stephen Drew.
Five different Red Sox hitters enjoyed multi-hit games, led by Ellsbury who had two doubles and a single.
Boston chased starter Tyler Cloyd in the third.
Clayton Mortensen and Anderew Miller combined for the final three innings of relief for the Red Sox.
The Phils got a solo homer from Erik Kratz in the third and a two-run homer from Domonic Brown in the eighth to account for their scoring.
STAR OF THE GAME: Alfredo Aceves
Filling in for the injured Clay Buchholz, Aceves gave the Red Sox six strong innings, limting them to just one run on seven hits to record his second win of the season. It sure was a lot better than his last start for the Sox -- when he was tagged for seven runs on 3 1/3 innings back on April 23.
HONORABLE MENTION: Jacoby Ellsbury
The center fielder followed up his game-winning walk-off double from Sunday with three more hits -- including two doubles -- and two fine plays in center field. He doubled off Ben Revere from first in the third inning, then made a fine running catch off Freddy Galvis in the sixth.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Tyler Cloyd
The Phils' young starter didn't give his team much of a chance, falling behind 3-0 in the first and then 6-1 after the third, by which time his night was over.
TURNING POINT: Leading 3-1, the Red Sox took it to Cloyd in the third, with four hits from the first five batters of the inning. By the time the inning was over, Cloyd was done for the night and the Red Sox had added on to their lead, making it a comfortable 6-1.
BY THE NUMBERS: Dustin Pedroia has reached base twice in 35 of the Red Sox' 52 games to date.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "He was attacking hitters, pitching to contact, using his defense - it's nice playing defense behind him on nights like that." - Mike Napoli on Alfredo Aceves