Cliff Lee was in top shape against the Red Sox, pitching his third straight complete game shutout en route to a 5-0 win.
The Red Sox were helpless all night against Lee, who utilized mostly fastballs against the Sox. Through the first five frames of the game, Lee was flirting with a no-hitter, only having the attempt broken up by a fly ball from Marco Scutaro that found a gap in the outfield.
This doesn't mean the Red Sox were completely incapable of putting the bat on the ball--they had a number of very hard hit balls, but every time it seemed to find a glove in the infield. Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Beckett each rocketed one directly at Ryan Howard, while Placido Polanco and Jimmy Rollins were busy snagging liners and hot shots all night.
Still, the only difference a few feet left or right would have made would be to maybe change the game into an eight inning four-hitter. There's no denying that Cliff Lee was at his best today, and the Red Sox simply couldn't handle it.
Josh Beckett, on the other hand, was entirely rusty. While he still had his off-speed pitches working, his fastball was all over the place. When he wanted to throw strikes, he couldn't find the zone, and when he wanted to avoid the zone, he occasionally left it right over the plate. Such was the issue when he allowed a two-run homer to Dominic Brown in the second inning, and then again to Shane Victorino. Beckett made a couple truly terrible pitches, and the Phillies took advantage.
The Sox will try to put themselves back in the series tomorrow with John Lackey on the mound, and David Ortiz making his first start in a National League park this year.