The Boston Red Sox dug themselves an early hole and almost climbed out of it, but 2 big base running mistakes in the bottom of the 9th inning cost them the game, as they fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 on Tuesday, August 20th.The loss snapped their 5 game winning streak.

In the 9th inning Xander Bogaerts started off the inning with a double. With 1 out JD Martinez hit a hard grounder to short, and Bogaerts was thrown out at 3rd. Martinez was replace by Henry Owens at 1st base and then Andrew Benintendi hit a line drive and Owens was picked off at 1st for the double play to end the game.

The Phillies took a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning, as Brian Johnson was hit hard. Johnson lasted 3.2 innings allowing 3 runs on 6 hits striking out 4 and walking 2. The bullpen was fantastic as Marcus Walden, Josh Taylor, Ryan Brasier, Darwinzon Hernandez, and Matt Barnes held the Phillies to just 1 hit over the final 5.1 innings. Combined they struck out 7 and walked 1

Jackie Bradley Jr. was responsible for Boston's runs, as he was 2-3 with a 2 run homer, his 15th of the season in the 3rd inning.

The Red Sox are 6 games out of the final wild card playoff spot. Their magic number to being eliminated from playoff contention is 20.

The Red Sox and Phillies will play the final game of their quick 2 game series Wednesday night. Rick Porcello is scheduled to pitch for Boston. The pregame starts at 6:10 with the 1st pitch at 7:10. Hear this and every Red Sox  game on  AM 1370 WDEA in the Ellsworth and Bar Harbor area and The Rock 101.9 FM, WOZI in Presque Isle.