Apparently the Red Sox and Alfredo Aceves didn't get the memo.
It seemed like the Phillies dodged a bullet by missing Boston ace Clay Buchholz (scratched with collarbone soreness) on Monday. Instead, they couldn't take advantage as spot starter Aceves received a healthy lead from the Boston (32-20) offense and made things look easy as the Phillies (24-27) lost badly, 9-3, at Fenway Park.
Buchholz is 7-0 this season with an AL-best 1.73 ERA. Aceves? He came into Monday with an 8.20 ERA and three 2013 starts under his belt. However, the switch made little difference. The 30-year-old Aceves went six innings in 93 pitches, holding the Phillies' up-and-down offense to one run, while scattering seven hits for his second win.
Tyler Cloyd made his third start this season and it quickly turned into his worst one yet. He lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up nine hits and six runs. Dustin Pedroia snuck a two-run 324-foot homer just inside Fenway Park's Pesky Pole in right field to hand the Red Sox a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Mike Napoli added to it with a solo home run one batter later.
Another three-spot in the third frame chased Cloyd from the game. The Phillies needed five relievers (Michael Stutes, Jeremy Horst, Antonio Bastardo, Mike Adams and Justin De Fratus) to finish Monday night.
The Phillies had 11 base knocks, but hit into three double plays, left 10 stranded and went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.
A silver lining: Domonic Brown hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning. The 25-year-old now leads the club in both home runs (10) and RBIs (29).
Fortunately for the Phillies, Cliff Lee (5-2, 2.48) takes the bump on Tuesday. He faces Ryan Dempster (2-5, 4.69).