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Papelbon Closes Door On Former Team

Phillies C Carlos Ruiz steals second base in the 1st inning. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

Phillies 6, Red Sox 4
WP: Cole Hamels (6-1, 2.48)
LP: Daniel Bard (3-5, 4.85)
SV: Jonathan Papelbon (12)

PHILADELPHIA — Boston is used to the look in Jonathan Papelbon’s eyes.

They know it all too well, usually meaning a win is in sight. But now, they have to associate the look with a loss when playing the Phillies.

Papelbon nailed the door shut in the 9th inning and the Phillies extended their winning streak to six games, beating Boston, 6-4, Friday night. The win was Papelbon’s first save against his former team, a statement he was hoping to make this series at least once.

The bullpen nearly erased the save opportunity in the 8th. Chad Qualls gave up a run in the 8th, cutting the Phillies lead to 5-4 before Antonio Bastardo came to the rescue and cleaned up his mess.

Freddy Galvis then hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the bottom of the 8th to make it a 6-4 game, enough cushion for Papelbon’s 12th save of the season.

It solidified Cole Hamels’ sixth win of the season, a team high. Hamels went seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk, striking out nine.

The Phillies jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the 1st inning. With the bases loaded, Carlos Ruiz added onto his team-leading RBI total with a two-run single to give the Phils a 2-0 lead. Ruiz finished the night 2-for-3 with two RBIs (29 on the season) and a run scored.

Ty Wigginton’s sacrifice fly and John Mayberry’s RBI double gave the Phils a quick 4-0 lead off Bard.

Hunter Pence hit his team-high 10th home run of the season, a solo shot in the 5th inning to make it a 5-2 game.

2B: Mayberry (6). HR: Pence (10), Galvis (2).

Boxscore.

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