Phillies 5, Red Sox 2
Game 126 - Wednesday Night, August 21st in Boston
Record - 66-60, Tied for 3rd place, 9 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Bryce Harper hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the fifth and the suddenly reliable Phillies bullpen combined to shut down the Red Sox for 5 1/3 innings in this 5-2 victory.
What It Means: The Phillies swept the quick two-game series in Boston and they then flew to Miami for a three-game weekend set against the Marlins. The club has won six of their last eight games, and they need to keep that momentum going if they hope to play postseason baseball.
What Happened: Harper owned the big hit, but Corey Dickerson added an RBI triple in the seventh and an RBI single in the ninth to provide a few insurance runs. Jared Hughes entered the game in the fourth inning having inherited a bases loaded situation from starter Drew Smyly. He worked out of that jam and then Ranger Suarez, Mike Morin, Jose Alvarez and Hector Neris held the Red Sox to three hits for the remainder of the game.
Featured Card: I've got plenty of Harper cards at this point, so I'm always happy for an excuse to feature another one. And I've got 12 more years of this.