BOSTON – Offense was at a premium again Tuesday night at Fenway Park as the Red Sox fell to the Phillies 3-1.
The Sox and Phils split the brief two-game series in which only seven runs were scored between both teams.
Philadelphia righty Jake Arrieta kept Boston quiet over seven innings of work. He allowed one run on six hits and struck out seven.
Ian Kinsler went 1-for-4 and left four runners on base in his Red Sox debut.
Blake Swihart, fresh off his walk-off double Monday, was behind the plate and hit second Tuesday. He went 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 11 games, and scored the lone Boston run.
Drew Pomeranz went five innings and allowed two earned runs. The lefty gave up four hits, struck out three, and walked four.
How it happened:
Philadelphia got on the board first on a second inning double by Jorge Alfaro, scoring Maikel Franco.
The Phillies added on in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Scott Kingrey, with Franco scoring again.
Swihart scored on a sixth inning groundout by Xander Bogaerts, pulling Boston within one. The play moved J.D. Martinez to third, but Kinsler was unable to drive him in and lined out to right field.
Philadelphia pushed across an insurance run in the ninth thanks to a leadoff double by Rhys Hoskins and a run-scoring single by Carlos Santana.
The Sox threatened in the ninth but were unable to push across the tying runs. Phillies closer Seranthony Dominguez walked Martinez to start the inning and then hit Bogaerts in the hand or the wrist with a 99 mile-per-hour fastball. Bogaerts stayed in the game. Kinsler struck out swinging, Mookie Betts pinch-hit for Eduardo Nunez and popped to third, and Brock Holt struck out looking to end the game.
The Sox have a rare Wednesday off day and will welcome in the Yankees for a four-game series beginning Thursday. Brian Johnson (1-3. 3.45 ERA) will take Chris Sale’s spot in the rotation after Boston’s ace was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with shoulder inflammation. New York will counter with C.C. Sabathia (6-4, 3.53 ERA).