MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Philadelphia1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 590
Boston2 3 4 0 1 1 0 0 x 11142
  W: G. Richards (5-5)   L: V. Velasquez (3-4)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, July 9, 2021
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 32,641

Garrett Richards, Red Sox set to battle Phillies

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Philadelphia Phillies at Boston Red Sox

  1. ● The Phils have won four of their last five games at Fenway Park dating back to July 31, 2018; prior to that date, they were 8-20 all-time in interleague games in Boston. The Red Sox lead the all-time series, 47-31.
  2. The Phillies slugged 13 home runs in taking three of four from the Cubs at Wrigley Field -- the most homers for the franchise in any series in the modern era. Eight different Phillies homered in the series, with Brad Miller going deep three times on Thursday.
  3. The Red Sox return home from a California road trip in which they started 3-1 before losing to the Angels on Tuesday and Wednesday, 5-3 and 5-4. Boston allowed first-inning runs in both games after going six straight contests allowing no runs in the opening frame.
  4. Including a five-hit effort on Tuesday, Bryce Harper had hits in all four Phillies games at Chicago, going 8-for-17 (.471) with three doubles and a home run. Harper is a .270 career hitter at Fenway Park, with six of his 10 hits going for extra bases (three doubles, three homers).
  5. With 25 homers and 21 doubles, Rafael Devers is the only MLB player with 25 or more doubles and at least 20 home runs in 2021. This month, Devers has nine RBI in seven games, hitting .355 (11-for-31). He has gone eight straight games without drawing a walk.
  6. Vince Velasquez is allowing a career-low .223 opponent batting average, including a .174 mark in night games (compared to .303 under the sun). Garrett Richards has gone eight straight starts without a win, with an 0-3 record, 6.34 ERA and .335 opponent batting in that span.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/9/2021 thru 7/11/2021

Garrett Richards will look to get the Boston Red Sox off to a strong start in their final series before the All-Star break when they open a three-game set against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.

The Red Sox are tied for the major league lead with 54 victories, but they have lost two consecutive games and three of five. Boston returns home after dropping two of three against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif.

"Every time we lose a series, we're disappointed. Now we move on, " Boston manager Alex Cora said. "We've got the Phillies for three, (so we will) try to win the series and enjoy the All-Star break."

Richards (4-5, 4.88 ERA) has been up and down through the first half of the season. In his latest outing on Saturday at Oakland, the veteran right-hander snapped a string of four straight starts in which he allowed four or more runs.

Although he did not factor into the decision, Richards kept the Red Sox competitive with five-plus innings of two-run ball. He allowed five hits and three walks while striking out two. The Athletics went on to win 7-6 in 12 innings to snap Boston's eight-game win streak.

Richards has faced the Phillies only once in his career. He tossed seven scoreless innings while allowing five hits and no walks and striking out eight in a 3-0 win as a member of the Angels on May 14, 2014.

Philadelphia has a chance to get above .500 heading into the All-Star break after winning three of four road games against the Chicago Cubs to start the week. The Phillies outscored the Cubs 28-13 in winning the first two games before falling 8-3 on Wednesday, but they bounced back with an 8-0 win Thursday.

Brad Miller hit three homers and knocked in five runs in the series finale.

Philadelphia has won five of its past seven entering the series with Boston.

"I feel (we have momentum)," Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. "You feel it in the dugout, you feel confident with the lineup we're throwing out there every day. There's a little something going."

Vince Velasquez (3-3, 4.50) gets the start for the Phillies as he attempts to bounce back from one of his worst outings of the season.

The right-hander surrendered five runs -- his second most in any start this season -- on a season-high nine hits, with three walks and four strikeouts, over six innings in an 11-1 loss at San Diego on Sunday.

In his prior outing on June 29, Velasquez turned in a gem in a 4-3 win against the Miami Marlins. He allowed only two hits over seven scoreless innings while walking none and matching a season high with seven strikeouts.

Velasquez has had only one other scoreless appearance this season. He struck out three over 1 1/3 innings in relief during Philadelphia's 11-3 home loss to the Red Sox on May 21. Boston took two of the three games at Philadelphia, May 21-23.

In four career appearances (three starts) against the Red Sox, Velasquez is 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 9, 2021

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