WP: Cliff Lee (6-2, 2.34 ERA) LP: Ryan Dempster (2-6, 4.45 ERA) SV: Jonathan Papelbon (10)
Michael Young had been hitless for a little over twenty consecutive bats going into tonight's game. Well, he ended that horrific skid early in the top of the first with a home run that just touched the top of the Green Monster in left field before falling back down. Unfortunately for the Phillies, that early 1-0 lead evaporated in the bottom-half of the first as Dustin Pedroia singled-home Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
That would be it scoring-wise for both teams until the top of the seventh inning, where Erik Kratz singled to center field and scored John Mayberry to give Philadephia a late 2-1 lead.
Domonic Brown provided another insurance run in the top of the ninth inning with his 11th home run of the season to deep right-center field. He now has 30 RBIs on the season, which leads the team. According to NBC's John Clark, over the last month, Brown ranks second in the National League with 9 home runs and fourth with 22 RBIs.
Cliff Lee was absolutely lights-out tonight in Boston. He threw eight innings of one-run baseball, allowing just four hits, walking none, while striking out a total of eight batters. 69 of his 95 total pitches were thrown for strikes.
Jonathan Papelbon took the mound for the first time against his former club at Fenway Park tonight since signing-on with the Phillies prior to the 2012 season. He picked up his tenth save of the season, the 267th of his career.
After splitting two games up north in the historic Fenway Park, both teams will travel south to Citizens Bank Park for another two-game set. Kyle Kendrick starts tomorrow night against John Lackey, with the first pitch set for 7:05 pm ET.
Game Summary after the jump.