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Philadelphia0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 561
Boston0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 4113
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  W: C. Sánchez (1-0)   L: N. Pivetta (7-4)   S: R. Suárez (2)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE11:10 AM CT, July 11, 2021
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 32,586

Phillies need win over Red Sox to get back to .500

According to STATS
According to STATS

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

Less than 24 hours removed from one of their worst losses of the season, the Boston Red Sox remain primed to enter the All-Star break with the best record in the American League as they close the first half against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Sox are an AL-best 55-35 entering the contest, trailing only the National League's San Francisco Giants (56-32) in winning percentage. It's a big accomplishment for a team expected to rebuild after a poor showing during 2020's pandemic-shortened season.

"We've been doing a great job," said Red Sox left-hander Martin Perez. "I think we've been pitching good. ... If we continue to do that, we're gonna get to October. We've just got to stay healthy and stay focused."

Perez took the loss in an 11-2 rout Saturday that snapped Boston's home winning streak at nine games. The Phillies scored eight runs in the eighth inning to return the favor after falling 11-5 in Friday's series opener.

Right-hander Aaron Nola (6-5, 4.53 ERA) gets the nod for Philadelphia in the rubber match of the interleague series. Righty Nick Pivetta (7-3, 4.09) will go for Boston against his former team.

A win Sunday would get the Phillies back to .500 as they look to stay relevant in the competitive NL East. The offense has been clicking, with 10 or more runs in three of the team's last six games.

"We have everyone back, which is nice, and we had contributions from everyone up and down the lineup," manager Joe Girardi said. "Two guys can't carry a team. When you score runs, it's nice."

The Red Sox's offense went cold in the setback, as it finished with only four hits. Xander Bogaerts hit a solo shot to snap a 20-game homerless stretch.

Another streak that ended was reliever Josh Taylor's run of 26 scoreless outings. Taylor was shelled for four runs during Philadelphia's eighth-inning outburst.

"That's not really something I show up to the field worried about," he said. "Just want to go into the game and do my job. I have a job to get the outs I need, and today I didn't do that."

Pivetta was a member of the Phillies from 2017-20 before he was traded to the Red Sox. He will face his former club for the first time.

The righty shut out the Oakland Athletics over seven innings last time out, giving up just two hits and striking out 10. The performance put him back in the win column after an 0-3 June with a 5.40 ERA.

Nola was victorious in his last start, surrendering four runs over six innings against the Chicago Cubs. He struck out eight to run his total to 31 over his last 16 innings.

Nola is 1-1 with a 2.67 ERA in four career starts against Boston.

The Red Sox will send third baseman Rafael Devers, shortstop Bogaerts, designated hitter J.D. Martinez and pitchers Matt Barnes and Nathan Eovaldi to the All-Star Game in Denver on Tuesday. Catcher J.T. Realmuto and starter Zack Wheeler will represent the Phillies.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 11, 2021

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