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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.

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Game 40: Boston Tea Party

Phillies SP Cole Hamels (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA — Interleague play is here!

It’s a weekend series in Philly between the Phillies and Red Sox. A year ago when the two teams met up, it was dubbed a World Series preview.

A year later, the two teams fell up short in the post season (Boston missed the playoffs on the last day) and both teams find themselves currently in the cellar of their respective divisions. (Boston is the only team in either East division under .500.)

Though they are both in the cellar, both teams have a different outlook on this series.

For the Sox, they want to get out of the cellar as bad as anyone (Phillies too). But they have a National spotlight thrust on them every day of the season, a burden they’ve been carrying for over a decade.

The Phillies carry the same burden, but they are hoping to continue riding the huge wave of success that has greeted them this past week. With a five-game winning streak and their first trip over .500 since being 1-0, the Phillies have their eyes set again on first place, which is only four games out of reach.

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