Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Daisuke Matsuzaka had a no-hitter broken up with two outs in the eighth inning with Juan Castro's flare single to shallow left, and the Red Sox handled Philadelphia, 5-0, in the second installment of a three-game interleague set at Citizens Bank Park.
Matsuzaka (3-1) walked four, struck out five and was pulled after getting the final out of the inning with 112 pitches. It represented his third win in four starts and the Japanese import was backed by several defensive gems in the near no-no.
Dustin Pedroia made a leaping grab in the first on a humpback liner to start a double-play, Matsuzaka snagged a line shot off the bat of Jayson Werth for the final out of the seventh and Adrian Beltre came up with perhaps the most important play with nobody out in the eighth and Raul Ibanez on first.
Carlos Ruiz ripped a ball to left, which Beltre got with a diving stab to his left. He doubled off Ibanez at first, but next up was Castro, whose soft looping hit was just out of shortstop Marco Scutaro's reach with the outstretched webbing.
Beltre also did the job with the lumber, knocking in two runs. J.D. Drew picked up two hits and an RBI in the win, Boston's fourth in five games.