Jon Pettibone had a predictably rough, four-run first inning and the Phillies faltered late in a 9-2 loss to the Red Sox in a game they really needed to have.
The tack-on runs killed the Phils in this one. Jeremy Horst looked awful for two innings and allowed a pair of solo homers. Chad Durbin served up three more runs in the ninth. Pretty sad when you can't even trust your middle relievers to hold multi-run deficits.
The Phillies mustered just six hits total against Franklin Morales, Craig Breslow, Clayton Mortensen, Junichi Tazawa and Andrew Bailey. Two of those belonged to Dom Brown, who is up to .267. He hasn't finished a game at .270 or higher since the Phillies' sixth game of the season.
Brown had another walkless game, giving him 105 plate appearances in May without a walk. If he doesn't walk Friday night he'll become the first player in major-league history with double-digit home runs but no walks in any month.
Cesar Hernandez collected the first two hits of his big-league career and scored on Delmon Young's first-inning homer.
Jacoby Ellsbury had a historic night for the Red Sox, stealing a franchise record five bases. As we pointed out at the beginning of the week, Boston averages close to 6.0 runs per game when Ellsbury reaches base multiple times in a game, compared to just 3.2 when he reaches once or not at all.
The Phils are back at it tomorrow night against the Brewers. Milwaukee's pitching staff is just as bad as the Phillies' offense, so this should be an interesting weekend. The Phils are 26-28 and have 13 straight games coming up against last-place teams.