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Sox Own Lee; Take Series In Philly

Red Sox 5, Phillies 1
WP – Josh Beckett (4-4, 4.38)
LP – Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.66)

PHILADELPHIA — From the very first batter the Red Sox owned Cliff Lee and the offense, both at the plate and on the mound respectively.

A pair of big home runs and a dominant pitching performance from Josh Beckett dropped the Phillies, 5-1. The loss dropped the Phillies back to .500 and with Atlanta’s win, dropped them to five games out of first place.

Mike Aviles had an encore performance in store for Lee. Aviles, who hit a home run off Joe Blanton to lead off yesterday’s game, hit a lead-0ff home run again, giving the Sox a quick 1-0 lead.

In the 3rd inning while Boston held a 2-0 lead, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a three-run homer off Lee, opening the game wide open and giving the Red Sox a 5-0 lead. Lee managed to pitch four more scoreless innings after that homer but the damage was done.

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