The Red Sox fell 11-2 Saturday, after a dreadful eighth inning where the Phillies scored eight runs to propel them to victory.
Jean Segura blasted a leadoff homer for the Phillies, and Alec Bohm made it 3-0 with a two-run shot in the top of the second.
Xander Bogaerts would crush a 1-0 delivery over the monster in the bottom of the second, for his 14th big fly of the year in order to make it a 3-1 game.
Boston would tie it the following inning, as Christian Vázquez scored after a throwing error on a pickoff attempt from Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp.
Martin Perez ended his day throwing just 3 2/3, while allowing three runs on six hits, striking out four. He threw 73 pitches, 47 strikes, 27 cutters, 24 sinkers, nine changeups, eight curveballs, and five four-seam fastballs, as registered by Baseball Savant.
Hirokazu Sawamura and Garrett Whitlock would combine for three scoreless innings, but the Red Sox would find themselves in some trouble in the eighth inning. After Josh Taylor recorded the final out in the top half of the seventh, he would start the top half of the eighth.
He gave up a single to Bryce Harper and walked Andrew McCutchen, as Rhys Hoskins drove in both with a two-RBI double to make it 5-2. He would hit Didi Gregorious with a pitch, before getting replaced by Brandon Workman.
Workman wasn’t able to stop the bleeding though. After Luke Williams walked, Ronald Torreyes delivered an RBI single, and Workman would walk home another run to make it 7-2.
The recently called up Austin Brice came on to try and get out of it, but things would only get worse. Segura would pick up a two-RBI single, and Bryce Harper would blast a two-RBI double before Brice finally got out of it with the score sitting at 11-2.
Boston would get a bases loaded chance in the bottom of the eighth, but would come up short as Michael Chavis (who confusingly pinch-hit for Xander Bogaerts), Rafael Devers, and Hunter Renfroe would be set down as it would remain 11-2.
Austin Brice would hurl a 1-2-3 ninth, but JD Hammer would set the Red Sox down 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the ninth as Boston falls to 55-35 on the season.
- Josh Taylor’s mark of 26 straight scoreless appearances ended
(Photo of Xander Bogaerts and J.T. Realmuto/Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)