Phillies newcomers Wilson Ramos, Justin Bour shine in win over Red Sox

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 15: Wilson Ramos #40 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park on August 15, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 15: Wilson Ramos #40 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park on August 15, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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The Phillies broke out of their offensive slump Wednesday for a strong win over the Red Sox thanks to several recent acquisitions.

The Phillies snapped an ugly string of losses Wednesday night with a confidence-boosting 7-4 win over the historically good Red Sox. The game featured strong performances from their recent acquisitions, most notably Justin Bour and Wilson Ramos.

Ramos easily was the MVP of the game. He was activated from the disabled list Wednesday afternoon and immediately put into the starting lineup. Now it will be hard to get him out of the lineup after what he did against a familiar foe in the Red Sox.

Ramos struck out in his first at-bat as a Phillie, but from that point on he was on fire. In the fourth inning, he hit an RBI double to score the team’s first run of the game. He later came around to score on a Carlos Santana single to tie up the game at 3-3.

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Ramos then tripled to lead off the bottom of the sixth, scoring on Scott Kingery’s sacrifice fly. It was his first triple since 2011. Ramos still wasn’t done, hitting a two-run double during the team’s three-run seventh inning. His RBI turned out to be the game-winner.

Not only did Ramos make an impact at the plate, he also did behind it, catching Brock Holt stealing at second base in the first inning.

So far in his Phils career, Ramos has a .750/.750/1.750 line with a 1.018 wOBA and 564 wRC+. Hurray for small sample sizes! His line for the season now stands at .303/.351/.505 with a 135 wRC+ in 79 games with the Rays and Phils combined.

Bour got his first chance to start for Philadelphia with the righty Nathan Eovaldi on the mound for Boston. He went 2-for-5 at the plate, scoring the game-winning run on Ramos’s double. Bour also made a run-saving play at first base, making an impressive stretch to rein in a throw from Cesar Hernandez. Steve Pearce was originally ruled safe, but a replay review determined that Bour did indeed stay on the bag and record an out.

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Aaron Loup, another trade deadline acquisition, delivered a shutout inning of relief. The bullpen as a whole did a tremendous job considering Vince Velasquez lasted just 2.1 innings. Pat Neshek allowed the only run of all the relievers on a grounder that bounced off his hand. Seranthony Dominguez delivered another four-out save. He now has 13 saves and a 2.32 ERA this season.

All in all, this was a huge win for the team. Coming into Wednesday night, they had lost five of their last seven games. They were shut out twice and kept at no more than three runs in all of those losses. Hopefully, this offensive breakout isn’t just a one-time thing, but the start of a turnaround.

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They reached 66 wins in game 119 of the season, the same number of wins they had at the end of last season. Their win kept them two games back of the Braves in the division.

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