By Sean McAdam
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PHILADELPHIA -- The new less-than-perfect defensive alignment didn't do in the Red Sox Wednesday night, and unlike last week, neither did John Lackey.
Instead, the same thing that has dogged the club for the last week -- a punchless offense -- led to their sixth loss in their last seven tries, a 2-1 setback to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Lackey, who couldn't get out of the fourth inning at rain-soaked Fenway last week, allowed just two runs in 7 23 innings and knocked in the only run of night for the Sox with a booming two-out double to dead center in the fifth inning.
Other than that, however, the Sox managed just four other hits -- all singles -- and have scored just one run in their last 20 innings.
Raul Ibanez smoked a ball into the right field seats in the seventh to snap a 1-1 tie as the Phils improved their Major League Baseball-best record to 51-30.
The Phils grabbed a 1-0 lead off Lackey in the second when Shane Victorino doubled down the left field line and scored on a single by Ibanez.
The Sox could do little against rookie Vance Worley. Their only run came in the fifth when Josh Reddick singled to right with one out and rode home on Lackey's 400-foot double.
That inning marked the only time the Sox had runners in scoring position all night.
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"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."
The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.
"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."
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