Betts homers twice to lift Red Sox over Phillies 7-3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Red Sox sure didn't look like a team that didn't get to bed until the sun came up Wednesday.

Mookie Betts homered twice, Xander Bogaerts had three RBIs and the bullpen continued to be lights out as the Boston Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 for their third straight win.

It would have been understandable if Boston were sluggish in this game after travel issues didn't have their plane land in Philadelphia until 4 a.m.

But the Red Sox weren't looking for excuses and came out from the first pitch and pounded the Phillies.

''It just kind of happened,'' Betts said. ''One guy follows the guy in front of them and it just kind of worked out. It feels great after all the things that went into getting here. I'm happy we did it under four hours and we can get a little rest before tomorrow.''

Betts had four hits and drove in three to lead an offensive barrage off Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson (5-5). Boston tagged him for six runs on nine hits in just five innings.

Betts led off the game with a single, had an RBI double in the second, but his biggest hit was a solo home run, his 10th of the season, in the fourth inning after the Phillies had scored three runs to close within 5-3.

He had a chance to get the cycle in the ninth inning, but instead of a triple connected for home run No. 11 to put the game out of reach. It was his eighth career multi-homer game.

''When Mookie gets a lead off base hit we were trying to create some energy because of the time we got (into town),'' said Red Sox manager John Farrell. ''We were able to string a bunch of hits together and Mookie had some big swings to get it started and we were able to build a five-run lead.''

Betts was dazzling defensively as well, and made a stellar diving catch in right field to rob Howie Kendrick of a hit in the fifth inning.

Bogaerts was also impressive, with a two-run double off Hellickson in the first and a single that scored Betts in the second. He also had a fine defensive play robbing Hellickson of an infield hit, squashing a potential Phillies rally in the fourth.

Andrew Benintendi drove in the other Red Sox run with a sacrifice fly.

Both teams had multiple highlight plays defensively. Aside from Betts and Bogaerts, Benintendi made a leaping catch in foul territory taking a ball out of the stands, Pablo Sandoval made a pair of diving plays at third, Dustin Pedroia stretched his errorless game streak to 88, which included some difficult chances and Jackie Bradley Jr. made a running, over-the-shoulder grab to end the game.

''We made a number of great defensive plays tonight,'' Farrell said.

For its part, Philadelphia did a fine job defensively as well, turning four double plays.

The Phillies scored three runs off Boston starter Brian Johnson in the third inning on a two-out single by Kendrick and a two-run home run by Aaron Altherr, his 10th of the season.

Johnson left the game with an arm injury, but the Red Sox bullpen shut the door on the Phillies, as four different relievers combined to allow just two hits over the final 6 1/3 innings. Hector Velazquez (1-1) was credited with his first major league win.

The Boston bullpen has now gone 21 1/3 consecutive innings without allowing a run.

Not much is going right for the Phillies who have the worst record in baseball. They have lost eight consecutive games as well as all eight interleague games this season, matching a franchise record for consecutive interleague losses since games between the two leagues started in 1997.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Starting pitcher Brian Johnson left the game in the third inning with what the Red Sox indicated was left shoulder discomfort. He will be reevaluated in Boston Friday. Johnson said he started to feel tightness in warmups and came out as a precaution. After two strong innings, Johnson lost a lot of velocity on his pitches, leading to the Phillies only offensive outburst of the game.

Phillies: 2B Cesar Hernandez will be out of action for at least six weeks with an oblique strain, but that doesn't mean the Phillies are going to call up red hot prospect Scott Kingery, who leads all of minor league baseball with 18 home runs at Double A Reading. Kingery isn't on the 40-man roster currently and Phillies GM Matt Klentak said before the game that Kingery isn't ready for a call-up. He did suggest, though, that Kingery will likely be moved to Triple A soon.

WELCOME BACK

Recalled prior to the game RHP Hector Velazquez was pressed into emergency duty when Johnson was injured. After getting hammered in his first major league appearance in May, Velazquez was solid against the Phillies allowing just one hit and two walks in 3 1/3 scoreless innings and earning his first big league victory.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (8-2, 2.97) has won each of his last seven decisions and leads the majors with 126 strikeouts.

Phillies: RHP Nick Pivetta (1-3, 5.52) will be making his seventh major league start. He hasn't pitched more than five innings in any of his first six contests and the Phillies have lost five of those six games.

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BOS37-28
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PHI21-43
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  • W: H. Velazquez (1-1)L: J. Hellickson (5-5)
  • HR: BOS - M. Betts 2 (11), PHI - A. Altherr (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF54432011.280.360.500.86017.5
D. Pedroia 2B51200003.302.372.387.7593.0
X. Bogaerts SS50230001.325.377.457.8346.0
A. Benintendi LF30110001.281.345.437.7822.0
H. Ramirez 1B30000112.240.345.405.7500.5
J. Bradley CF40200002.253.349.458.8073.0
P. Sandoval 3B21100100.217.277.370.6473.0
a- J. Rutledge PH-3B10000011.247.326.294.620-0.5
S. Leon C31100103.226.276.363.6394.0
B. Johnson P20000004.000.000.000.0000.0
H. Velazquez P10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Kelly P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Young PH10000000.261.338.374.7120.0
R. Scott P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-struck out for Sandoval in the 8th
  • b-popped out for Barnes in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
O. Herrera CF50000022.248.287.402.690-1.0
H. Kendrick 2B41110001.330.388.489.8783.0
A. Altherr RF41121010.286.360.550.9106.5
T. Joseph 1B20100200.263.316.464.7804.0
M. Franco 3B40000003.223.276.354.6300.0
D. Nava LF30100111.321.434.481.9161.5
C. Rupp C40000024.206.289.348.637-1.0
F. Galvis SS31200100.240.296.404.7006.0
J. Hellickson P20000002.125.222.250.4720.0
L. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- T. Kelly PH10000001.207.250.345.5950.0
A. Morgan P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
J. Gomez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Blanco PH10000000.186.284.271.5550.0
  • a-flied out for Garcia in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Gomez in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Betts (23), X. Bogaerts (18), J. Bradley (8), S. Leon (5)
  • HR - M. Betts 2 (11)
  • SF - A. Benintendi (7)
  • RBI - M. Betts 3 (37), X. Bogaerts 3 (26), A. Benintendi (39)
  • 2-Out RBI - X. Bogaerts 2 (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Joseph (12), F. Galvis 2 (13)
  • HR - A. Altherr (11)
  • RBI - H. Kendrick (11), A. Altherr 2 (36)
  • 2-Out RBI - H. Kendrick (7), A. Altherr 2 (15)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Altherr (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Johnson2.24331114.291.38-1.5
H. Velazquez (W, 1-1)3.11001206.481.5615.0
J. Kelly (H, 6)1.00001101.271.092.5
M. Barnes (H, 10)1.01001203.261.192.0
R. Scott1.00000001.200.733.0
PITCHERSIP
B. Johnson2.2
H. Velazquez (W, 1-1)3.1
J. Kelly (H, 6)1.0
M. Barnes (H, 10)1.0
R. Scott1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson (L, 5-5)5.09663114.911.32-7.5
L. Garcia2.01000103.651.305.5
A. Morgan1.13110119.261.97-0.5
J. Gomez0.20000007.171.690.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson (L, 5-5)5.0
L. Garcia2.0
A. Morgan1.1
J. Gomez0.2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Johnson 44-28, H. Velazquez 50-29, J. Kelly 14-7, M. Barnes 27-15, R. Scott 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Johnson 3-4, H. Velazquez 7-1, J. Kelly 1-1, M. Barnes 1-0, R. Scott 1-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Johnson 13, H. Velazquez 12, J. Kelly 4, M. Barnes 5, R. Scott 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 93-51, L. Garcia 16-13, A. Morgan 24-17, J. Gomez 4-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 3-10, L. Garcia 2-2, J. Gomez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 26, L. Garcia 6, A. Morgan 6, J. Gomez
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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PHI21-43
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF54432011.280.360.500.86017.5
D. Pedroia 2B51200003.302.372.387.7593.0
X. Bogaerts SS50230001.325.377.457.8346.0
A. Benintendi LF30110001.281.345.437.7822.0
H. Ramirez 1B30000112.240.345.405.7500.5
J. Bradley CF40200002.253.349.458.8073.0
P. Sandoval 3B21100100.217.277.370.6473.0
a- J. Rutledge PH-3B10000011.247.326.294.620-0.5
S. Leon C31100103.226.276.363.6394.0
B. Johnson P20000004.000.000.000.0000.0
H. Velazquez P10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Kelly P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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R. Scott P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Sandoval in the 8th
  • b-popped out for Barnes in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
O. Herrera CF50000022.248.287.402.690-1.0
H. Kendrick 2B41110001.330.388.489.8783.0
A. Altherr RF41121010.286.360.550.9106.5
T. Joseph 1B20100200.263.316.464.7804.0
M. Franco 3B40000003.223.276.354.6300.0
D. Nava LF30100111.321.434.481.9161.5
C. Rupp C40000024.206.289.348.637-1.0
F. Galvis SS31200100.240.296.404.7006.0
J. Hellickson P20000002.125.222.250.4720.0
L. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- T. Kelly PH10000001.207.250.345.5950.0
A. Morgan P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
J. Gomez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Blanco PH10000000.186.284.271.5550.0
Total3336314614-----
  • a-flied out for Garcia in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Gomez in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Betts (23), X. Bogaerts (18), J. Bradley (8), S. Leon (5)
  • HR - M. Betts 2 (11)
  • SF - A. Benintendi (7)
  • RBI - M. Betts 3 (37), X. Bogaerts 3 (26), A. Benintendi (39)
  • 2-Out RBI - X. Bogaerts 2 (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Joseph (12), F. Galvis 2 (13)
  • HR - A. Altherr (11)
  • RBI - H. Kendrick (11), A. Altherr 2 (36)
  • 2-Out RBI - H. Kendrick (7), A. Altherr 2 (15)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Altherr (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Johnson2.24331114.291.38-1.5
H. Velazquez (W, 1-1)3.11001206.481.5615.0
J. Kelly (H, 6)1.00001101.271.092.5
M. Barnes (H, 10)1.01001203.261.192.0
R. Scott1.00000001.200.733.0
Total10.0633461---
PITCHERSIP
B. Johnson2.2
H. Velazquez (W, 1-1)3.1
J. Kelly (H, 6)1.0
M. Barnes (H, 10)1.0
R. Scott1.0
Total10.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson (L, 5-5)5.09663114.911.32-7.5
L. Garcia2.01000103.651.305.5
A. Morgan1.13110119.261.97-0.5
J. Gomez0.20000007.171.690.0
Total9.01377332---
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson (L, 5-5)5.0
L. Garcia2.0
A. Morgan1.1
J. Gomez0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Johnson 44-28, H. Velazquez 50-29, J. Kelly 14-7, M. Barnes 27-15, R. Scott 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Johnson 3-4, H. Velazquez 7-1, J. Kelly 1-1, M. Barnes 1-0, R. Scott 1-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Johnson 13, H. Velazquez 12, J. Kelly 4, M. Barnes 5, R. Scott 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 93-51, L. Garcia 16-13, A. Morgan 24-17, J. Gomez 4-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 3-10, L. Garcia 2-2, J. Gomez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 26, L. Garcia 6, A. Morgan 6, J. Gomez
  • 9TH INNING
    Betts homered to left73
  • 4TH INNING
    Betts homered to center63
  • 3RD INNING
    Altherr homered to left, Kendrick scored53
    Kendrick singled to shallow left, Galvis scored51
  • 2ND INNING
    Bogaerts singled to center, Leon and Betts scored50
    Betts doubled to deep left, Sandoval scored, Leon to third30
  • 1ST INNING
    Benintendi hit sacrifice fly to left, Pedroia scored20
    Bogaerts doubled to deep left, Betts scored, Pedroia to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Chris Young hit for Matt Barnes
    • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Young popped out to second
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Betts homered to left
    • D. Pedroia: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt
    • Pedroia grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Pedroia out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Robby Scott pitching
    • F. Galvis: Galvis fouled out to left
    • Andres Blanco hit for Jeanmar Gomez
    • A. Blanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Blanco grounded out to pitcher
    • O. Herrera: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Herrera lined out to center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Adam Morgan pitching
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Bradley doubled to deep center
    • Josh Rutledge hit for Pablo Sandoval
    • J. Rutledge: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Rutledge struck out looking
    • S. Leon: Foul, Leon popped into double play first, Bradley out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Josh Rutledge at third
    • Matt Barnes relieved Joe Kelly
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
    • T. Joseph: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Joseph walked
    • M. Franco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Franco reached on fielder's choice to third, Joseph out at second
    • D. Nava: Foul, Ball, Nava singled to left, Franco to second
    • C. Rupp: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rupp struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • L. Garcia Pitching:
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts fouled out to shortstop
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Benintendi singled to center
    • H. Ramirez: Ramirez flied into double play right to first, Benintendi out at first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Joe Kelly relieved Hector Velazquez
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Galvis walked
    • Ty Kelly hit for Luis Garcia
    • T. Kelly: Strike looking, Kelly flied out to left
    • O. Herrera: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Kendrick grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Leon doubled to deep right
    • Luis Garcia relieved Jeremy Hellickson
    • H. Velazquez: Strike swinging, Velazquez grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Velazquez Pitching:
    • T. Joseph: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Joseph grounded out to third
    • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Franco grounded out to third
    • D. Nava: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Nava walked
    • C. Rupp: Strike looking, Ball, Rupp grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley grounded into double play shortstop to first, Ramirez out at second
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Sandoval lined out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Velazquez Pitching:
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Herrera struck out on foul tip
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Kendrick lined out to right
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Foul, Altherr grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Betts homered to center
    • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pedroia flied out to right
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts fouled out to first
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Velazquez Pitching:
    • D. Nava: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nava struck out swinging
    • C. Rupp: Strike swinging, Rupp grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Galvis doubled to deep right center
    • J. Hellickson: Ball, Hellickson grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez fouled out to first
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley singled to deep right
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sandoval walked, Bradley to second
    • S. Leon: Strike swinging, Ball, Leon popped out to shortstop
    • B. Johnson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Johnson grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Johnson Pitching:
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Foul, Galvis doubled to deep right
    • J. Hellickson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Hellickson grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Herrera fouled out to first
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kendrick singled to shallow left, Galvis scored
    • A. Altherr: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Altherr homered to left, Kendrick scored
    • T. Joseph: Ball, Joseph doubled to deep center
    • Hector Velazquez relieved Brian Johnson
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Franco grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • P. Sandoval: Strike swinging, Ball, Sandoval singled to center
    • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Leon walked, Sandoval to second
    • B. Johnson: Johnson fouled out to first
    • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Betts doubled to deep left, Sandoval scored, Leon to third
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Pedroia popped out to second
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to center, Leon and Betts scored
    • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Benintendi flied out to center
    • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Johnson Pitching:
    • T. Joseph: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Joseph walked
    • M. Franco: Ball, Foul, Franco lined out to right
    • D. Nava: Ball, Strike looking, Nava reached on fielder's choice to third, Joseph out at second
    • C. Rupp: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rupp struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Ball, Betts singled to left
    • D. Pedroia: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pedroia singled to left, Betts to third
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts doubled to deep left, Betts scored, Pedroia to third
    • A. Benintendi: Benintendi hit sacrifice fly to left, Pedroia scored
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
    • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bradley lined out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Johnson Pitching:
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Herrera grounded out to pitcher
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kendrick lined out to left
    • A. Altherr: Altherr flied out to deep right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)