BOSTON – The Red Sox were swept away by the Phillies, losing Wednesday night 5-2 at Fenway Park and falling seven games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild card spot in the American League.
The Sox jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a first inning RBI double by Rafael Devers and a solo shot in the second from Jackie Bradley Jr., but Rick Porcello ran into trouble in the fifth, giving up three runs, including a two-run homer to Bryce Harper.
Porcello struggled with his command all night long, walking four over five innings of work. He gave up three runs on three hits and struck out three.
The Phillies would tack on two insurance runs late, one coming off Andrew Cashner in the seven and the other off Brandon Workman in the ninth.
The Red Sox and the Royals will complete their August 7 game on Thursday at Fenway Park with the game picking up in the 10th inning in a 4-4 tie. The Sox will then travel to San Diego where they begin a series with the Padres on Friday.