Long ball carries Phillies in impressive win over Red Sox

Bryce Harper and the Phillies beat Boston
The Phillies opened a two-game set in Boston on Tuesday night with an offensive explosion, crushing a Red Sox pitching staff that's the worst in baseball en route to a 13-6 win at Fenway Park.

The win extends the Phils' winning streak to a season-high four games and evens their record on the season at 9-9.

“We’ve got a good team and we’ve got a good lineup,” Bryce Harper said. “When we’re hitting on all cylinders, we’re a pretty tough team to get out.”

Harper finished the night 2-for-5 and highlighted a seven-run sixth inning for the Phils with a three-run homer. West Chester native Phil Gosselin started the rally with a pinch-hit RBI double. He added a solo homer in the seventh, his third of the season tying a career-high. He's now 12-for-49 on the season, hitting .429.

Rhys Hoskins also had a day at the plate, hitting his first homer of the season while scoring a pair of runs. It was his first homer since Sept. 17, 2019. Jay Bruce led the club with four-RBIs, including a three-run blast in the eighth.

Zach Eflin needed 86 pitches to get through four frames, surrendering four runs on five hits and a trio of walks. He notched eight strikeouts. Blake Parker tossed two scoreless innings in relief to collect the win.

“I think it takes everybody,” Harper said. “That’s the thing about teams that get to the postseason and really have success in the postseason. Of course, our lineup is made to make the postseason and things like that, but we’re going to need everybody.”

The Red Sox carried a three-run lead into the sixth inning before the Phils erupted for seven runs. Boston's staff ERA of 6.36 is the worst in all of baseball.

The two clubs conclude their two-game set on Wednesday with righty Jake Arrieta opposing rookie left-hander Kyle Hart. Arrieta has looked solid in 2020, posting a 4.02 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over three starts. He also has 14 strikeouts over 15 2/3 innings.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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