Kiké Hernández, J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers all homer as Red Sox power their way to 11-5 win over Phillies

After a 3-3 West Coast road trip, it’s safe to say the Red Sox enjoyed being back at Fenway Park on Friday night.

Boston tallied 11 runs on 14 hits en route to an 11-5 victory over the Phillies to kick off their final series before the All-Star break.

With the win, their ninth straight at Fenway going back to June 14, the Sox improve to 55-34 (28-17 at home) on the season. They remain 2 1/2 games up on the Rays for first place in the American League East.

Garrett Richards made his 18th start of the season for Boston on Friday, and it initially looked as though he would not be long for this one.

That being the case because the right-hander got rocked by the Phillies out of the gate, with Jean Segura and J.T. Realmuto leading things off in their half of the first with a hard-hit triple and double to put the Sox in an early 1-0 hole.

The Red Sox were able to counter that early barrage, however, as Enrique Hernandez came through with a towering solo home run off Phillies starter Vince Velasquez to lead off the bottom half of the first while Hunter Renfroe plated in another run with an RBI groundout later in the inning.

Even with that brand new one-run lead, though, Richards again got knocked around in the second, this time yielding back-to-back singles with no outs to Rhys Hoskins and Didi Gregorius before serving up a two-run base hit to Alec Bohm to make it a 3-2 contest in favor of Philadelphia.

Again, the Boston bats showed just how resilient they can be a half-inning later, as Bobby Dalbec laced a one-out doube off Velasquez, Alex Verdugo followed by drawing a two-out walk, and a red-hot J.D. Martinez drove in both runners by crushing a 400-foot three-run home run to right-center field.

Martinez’s 18th big fly of the year gave the Red Sox a 5-3 lead, but they added even more on to that in their half of the third.

There, Rafael Devers followed Martinez’s example by clubbing his 22nd homer of the season to lead off the frame, while a double off the bat of Renfroe and run-scoring single off the bat of Christian Vazquez increased the Sox’ advantage to four runs.

Following a pitching change that saw Enyel De Los Santos take over for Velasquez, the Red Sox did not let up, as Dalbec advanced Vazquez into scoring position with a single of his own and back-to-back two-out hits from Verdugo and Martinez resulted in two more Boston runs coming in to score, making it a 9-3 game all of the sudden.

With that sizable six-run cushion, Richards was able to settle in and finish his outing on a more positive note by sitting down eight of the final 11 hitters he faced over three scoreless innings from the third through the middle of the fifth, at which point his nigh came to a close.

Finishing with a final pitch count of 85 (57 pitches), the 33-year-old hurler wraps up his first half having allowed three runs — all of which were earned — on seven hits and one walk to go along with four strikeouts in the process of picking up his fifth win of the year. His ERA on the season now sits at 4.91.

After Richards recorded the final out of the top half of the fifth, his catcher — Vazquez — led off the bottom half by drawing a four-pitch walk off Phillies reliever Brandon Kintzler.

That would later prove to be costly for Philadelphia, as Hernandez drove in Vazquez on a hard-hit RBI double later in the inning to give his side a commanding 10-3 lead.

Vazquez struck once more in the sixth, this time greeting newly-inserted reliever Connor Brogdon by ripping a run-scoring single to right field that brought in Xander Bogaerts from second, making it an 11-3 game.

In relief of Richards, Yacksel Rios got the first call out of the Red Sox bullpen for the sixth inning and sat down the only three Phillies he faced in order.

Matt Andriese, however, saw his recent struggles continue, as he surrendered two runs on two hits and a walk in the top half of the seventh to trim Boston’s lead down to six runs at 11-5.

From there, though, left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez punched out a pair over the course of a scoreless eighth inning, while Brandon Workman shut the door on his former team in the ninth to preserve the 11-5 victory for the Red Sox.

Some notes from this win:

From Red Sox Notes:

Next up: Moore vs. Perez

Saturday’s starting pitching matchup between the Phillies and Red Sox will feature a pair of veteran southpaws and former Texas Rangers rotation-mates going at it, with left-hander Matt Moore getting the ball for Philadelphia and fellow lefty Martin Perez doing the same for Boston.

First pitch Saturday is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. eastern time on NESN.

(Picture of J.D. Martinez: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Author: Brendan Campbell

Blogging about the Boston Red Sox since April '17. Also support Tottenham Hotspur.

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