Surging Phillies use a patchwork pitching rotation to best Boston, 5-4. Ranger Suarez picked up his second save with a 7 batter performance. Suarez worked his way out of a bases-loaded two-out jam in the eighth. He shut down the meat of the Ref Sox order for the save.
Suarez retired JD Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, and Rafael Devers in the ninth and put the Phillies record 44-44. Scheduled starter, Aaron Nola was put on the Covid List and Joe Girard had to go by “pitcher by committee” with Brandon Kintzler, Cristopher Sanchez, Hector Neris, Jose Alvarado, Archie Bradley, and Suarez combined to limit Boston to 11 hits. 4 runs, 7 strikeouts, and four walks.
Boegaerts connected on his 15th of the year to put Boston up, 1-0. JT Realmuto followed with an RBI single with a second run scoring on a throwing error. Ronald Torreyes (3 for 4) smashed a three-run shot with Alex Verdugo singled in a run, Bobby Dalbey cut it to 5-3 with Christian Arroyo making it 5-4 on a double.
Philly has won 7 of its last nine and in the last two series, Chicago and Boston put up 60 runs and 16 home runs. Now, the All-Star break. Surging Phillies use patchwork pitching with style.