The Red Sox slapped out 11 hits and received strong starting pitching from Justin Masterson as they beat the Phillies 6-2 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
The Red Sox did all of their damage with two outs in a 6-run third inning. Shane Victorino's bases-loaded infield single plated the first run followed by a walk to Ryan Hanigan. Xander Bogaerts (pictured) hit a soft, bases-clearing triple and Masterson drove in his first career run with an RBI single to center.
The Phillies answered back with a pair in the bottom of the inning but never really threatened after that.
Masterson pitched a solid 6 innings in making his first start since returning to Boston. He allowed just 2 runs on 3 hits; he walked a pair and struck out 7.
Craig Breslow pitched in and out of trouble in the 7th, aided by a terrific running catch by Victorino in right to end the inning. Tommy Layne pitched a clean 8th inning and Edward Mujica closed things out in the 9th.
Bogaerts was on base 5 times including 3 hits; Ramirez, Victorino and Masterson each had two hits for Boston.
The Red Sox open a 3-game weekend series against the Yankees in the Bronx on Friday night.
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