Boston Red Sox

Seven-run sixth for Phillies extends Red Sox skid to nine

⋅ On Tuesday, it wasn’t Zack Godley’s start — the Red Sox built him a 3-0 lead after three innings, and he allowed just a run in four.

Lefthander Josh Taylor, pitching for a second straight night after missing the season’s first 22 games following a COVID-19 diagnosis, allowed three runs and recorded just two outs.

Heath Hembree took over in a tie game and yielded four runs to five batters without recording an out, the worst of the four hits a 409-foot, three-run homer by Bryce Harper.

The seven-run inning put Philadelphia up, 9-4, and made Tuesday the ninth time this season — and seventh in this nine-game losing streak — Boston pitching allowed at least eight runs.

Out of the seven hits the Sox allowed that inning, just one — Didi Gregorius’s RBI single to plate the final run — came on a breaking ball/offspeed pitch.

Realmuto wanted a sinker low and in, but Eflin left it high and outside — a mistake, but not necessarily a bad one against Devers in 2020.

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