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Four Get Me Not

The Phillies scored more than two runs for the first time this series. Raul Ibanez plated two runs with his fourth-inning blast, a shot into the Phillies bullpen that had the relief corps scattering as if a grenade had been tossed near them. That’s why they don’t let pitchers catch pop-ups in the field. Tim Wakefield’s fourth-inning meltdown couldn’t be overcome by Boston’s offense even though they outhit Philadelphia nine to seven. The timeless one just didn’t get timely hits. Southpaw reliever Dustin Richardson made his major league debut, taking over from Wakefield in the eighth with Placido Polanco on second with one out. The former “Knight School” contestant was brought in to take advantage of the lefty-lefty match-up and induced ground ball outs from two of the more formidable bats in the league, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Sparkplug Daniel Nava didn’t have the chance to blast another grand slam, but he took advantage of a late-innings situation to trigger a rally. Facing off against Brad Lidge in the ninth with J.D. Drew on and two men out, Nava grounded a gutshot single to center to bring his team within two runs. But there were no other Red Sox...


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