MLB: Philadelphia 6, Boston 4

May 18, 2012 at 10:51 PM

PHILADELPHIA, May 18 (UPI) -- Carlos Ruiz touched off a four-run first inning with a two-run single Friday, propelling Philadelphia to a 6-4 victory over Boston.

The Phillies overcame three solo homers by the Red Sox to win their sixth in a row, their longest such streak of the season.

Hunter Pence had a solo shot for the Phillies and Freddy Galvis added another in the eighth, giving support to starter Cole Hamels.

Hamels (6-1) gave up three runs on six hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out nine. Jonathan Papelbon worked around a hit in the ninth to pick up his 12th save in as many opportunities.

The Boston homers came from Mike Aviles in the third, Cody Ross in the sixth and Adrian Gonzalez in the eighth.

Daniel Bard (3-5) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on three hits with five walks in five innings.

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