Red Sox - 400 001 103 - 9 14 0 Phillies - 200 000 000 - 2 6 1The Red Sox have been playing baseball for more than 112 years, and through more than 17,660* games, no Boston player had ever stolen more than four bases in a game.
Until tonight. Jacoby Ellsbury set a new franchise record with five steals. (He leads MLB with 21 SB.)
*: By my rough count, tonight's game was the 17,665th game in Red Sox history (9,010 wins, 8,420 losses, 83 ties, and 151 post-season games).
Ellsbury reached base five times in six plate appearances:
1st: single, scoredBoston sent eight men to the plate in the first inning. Ellsbury and Daniel Nava singled and Dustin Pedroia contributed an RBI groundout. David Ortiz walked and Mike Carp singled in a run. Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled home two more runs.
2nd: walk, stole second
4th: single, stole second
6th: HBP, stole second and third
8th: single, stole second
9th: grounded out 4-3
Jonny Gomes smacked a pinch-hit home run in the sixth and David Ortiz went deep in the seventh. In the ninth, Salty and Jose Iglesias both had RBI doubles.
Morales (5-4-2-2-2, 79) allowed a two-run dong to Delmon Young in the first, and got a much needed double play to escape a bases-loaded jam in the fourth. Manager John Farrell was hoping for five innings and roughly 80 pitches from Morales - and that is exactly what he got.
The Mets beat the Yankees 3-1, sweeping a four-game series and dropping the Yankees 2 GB the Red Sox in the East. Boston begins a series in the Bronx tomorrow night.
Ellsbury, CFMorales makes his 2013 debut. ... Pettibone has a 3.21 ERA in seven starts this season. ... David Ortiz is expected to start at first base tonight.