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Red Sox get jump on Phillies, move back into first place wire reports

BOSTON -- Alfredo Aceves got another chance to start for the Red Sox only because Clay Buchholz woke up feeling soreness in his shoulder.

He might have earned himself another turn in the rotation.

Aceves (2-1) held the Phillies to one run in six innings in his best outing of the year, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-3 on Monday night.

"He took tonight as an opportunity to make an impression," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "He made a solid one. It's a night-and-day difference."

Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli hit home runs in the first inning as Boston jumped out to an early lead off Tyler Cloyd (1-1) and coasted to victory. Jacoby Ellsbury had hits in each of the first three innings to help the Red Sox earn their fourth consecutive victory and their 10th in the past 13 games.

Ellsbury also chased down Freddy Galvis' line drive to deep center field with the bases loaded in the sixth to end the inning and protect an 8-1 lead

"In this ballpark, when you're down four, maybe five runs, there's still a chance. But when it's 8-1, it's in another zone," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "The ball Freddy hit when it was 8-1 might have gotten us close, but the guy made a pretty nice play on it."

Aceves was sent to the minors after allowing seven runs in an April 23 start against Oakland that ballooned his ERA to 8.66. But he was sent back to the mound on Monday because Buchholz had irritation in his shoulder and collar bone from sleeping awkwardly on his side.

Farrell would not say whether Aceves will get another turn in the rotation, but Buchholz is expected to miss only a few days and Franklin Morales is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday.

Aceves, who left the ballpark without speaking to reporters, gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out four.

"He looked like he was out there with a purpose," catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said.

Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, John Mayberry and Ben Revere each had two hits for the Phillies. Erik Kratz's solo home run in the third and Domonic Brown's two-run shot in the eighth both curled around the Pesky Pole.

Cloyd allowed three runs in the first inning and was charged with three more in the third. He lasted only 2 1/3 innings, giving up nine hits and a walk while striking out two.

"When you really think about it, a loss is a loss," Manuel said. "We come back out tomorrow and it's still 0-0."

The Phillies made their first visit to Fenway since 2010, bringing along closer Jonathan Papelbon for his first trip to Boston since he left the team that he helped win the 2007 World Series. The Red Sox played a video on the scoreboard with highlights of Papelbon's career in Boston, but with the outcome long-decided by the ninth inning he did not get into the game.

Instead, the Red Sox largely put it out of reach early, getting Pedroia's two-run homer that also curled around the foul pole in short right field followed one out later by Napoli's long drive that cleared the Red Sox bullpen in right field by a dozen rows.

Boston made it 6-1 in the third. David Ortiz and Napoli doubled to lead off the inning, Stephen Drew singled in another run and, one out later, Saltalamacchia singled. With two outs, Jacoby Ellsbury doubled past a diving Revere in center field to score one run but Saltalamacchia was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.


  • Ellsbury, who hit a double to end Sunday's game, singled in the first and doubled in the second and third, giving him hits in four consecutive innings.
  • Revere crashed into an unpadded part of the wall while catching Ortiz's deep drive to end the fourth. He stayed down and the trainer ran out to help him, but he remained in the game and singled in the top of the fifth.
  • Cloyd had allowed three runs or fewer in six of his eight career starts, including all five on the road, before Monday.
  • Daniel Nava was the only player in the Red Sox starting lineup who did not get a hit.
  • The teams wore special camouflage uniforms and caps in honor of Memorial Day.
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In only his second major-league outing since April 23, Alfredo Aceves fares well in filling in for Clay Buchholz.  (USATSI)
In only his second major-league outing since April 23, Alfredo Aceves fares well in filling in for Clay Buchholz. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

M. Napoli
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

D. Brown
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Philadelphia Phillies
Ben Revere, CF4020101 .258
Michael Young, 3B5000005 .260
Jimmy Rollins, SS4020112 .261
Ryan Howard, 1B5020023 .259
Delmon Young, DH4110012 .213
Domonic Brown, LF4112003 .257
John Mayberry Jr., RF3020101 .262
Freddy Galvis, 2B4000015 .247
Erik Kratz, C3111122 .218
2B - Jimmy Rollins (15, Aceves), Ryan Howard (13, Mortensen)
HR - Domonic Brown (10, Miller), Erik Kratz (5, Aceves)
RBI - Domonic Brown 2 (29), Erik Kratz (12)
Team LOB - 10
Outfield Assists - Domonic Brown 1
E - John Mayberry Jr. (1, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Tyler Cloyd (L,1-1) 2.1966122 5.74
Michael Stutes 2.1421020 2.08
Jeremy Horst 1.1100130 4.50
Antonio Bastardo 1000000 2.12
Mike Adams 0.2111310 3.45
Justin De Fratus 0.1000000 2.08
WP - Tyler Cloyd (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Cloyd 68-41, Michael Stutes 35-24, Jeremy Horst 35-22, Antonio Bastardo 7-6, Mike Adams 30-15, Justin De Fratus 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Cloyd 1-4, Michael Stutes 2-2, Jeremy Horst 1-0, Mike Adams 1-0, Justin De Fratus 1-0
Batters Faced - Tyler Cloyd 17, Michael Stutes 10, Jeremy Horst 6, Antonio Bastardo 3, Mike Adams 6, Justin De Fratus 1
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5131001 .257
Daniel Nava, RF5000022 .289
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3112102 .333
    Pedro Ciriaco, PR-2B1110000 .244
David Ortiz, DH4120110 .346
Mike Napoli, 1B4222122 .262
Stephen Drew, SS3222212 .233
Mike Carp, LF5110015 .281
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4021000 .260
Jose Iglesias, 3B4010013 .438
2B - Jacoby Ellsbury 2 (10, Cloyd, Stutes), David Ortiz (11, Cloyd), Mike Napoli (19, Cloyd), Mike Carp (7, Stutes)
HR - Dustin Pedroia (3, Cloyd), Mike Napoli (8, Cloyd)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (19), Dustin Pedroia 2 (27), Mike Napoli 2 (39), Stephen Drew 2 (20), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (15)
2-OUT RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (8), Mike Napoli (10), Stephen Drew (15)
Team LOB - 10
Outfield Assists - Jacoby Ellsbury 1
DP - Pedroia-Drew-Napoli, Ellsbury-Napoli, Pedroia-Drew-Napoli
E - Alfredo Aceves (2, Missed catch of throw)
Boston Red Sox
Alfredo Aceves (W,2-1) 6711341 6.57
Clayton Mortensen 1.1111100 5.33
Andrew Miller 1.2311031 3.71
Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Aceves 93-58, Clayton Mortensen 35-21, Andrew Miller 35-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Aceves 6-6, Clayton Mortensen 2-2, Andrew Miller 1-1
Batters Faced - Alfredo Aceves 26, Clayton Mortensen 6, Andrew Miller 8
Game Information
Attendance - 33627
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Bill Miller