Betts is one-man wrecking crew for Red Sox

Starting for the Red Sox on Wednesday evening against the Philadelphia Phillies, the 26-year-old Johnson exited the outing prematurely after just 2.2 innings of work. In falling a triple short of the cycle, the right fielder raised his average to.280 while becoming the first Boston player this season with double-digit home runs (11). The visiting Red Sox look to continue their good fortune against the free-falling Phillies on Wednesday when the four-game, home-and-home interleague series shifts to Citizens Bank Park. He was victimized by one bad inning - all four runs scored in the fourth frame. The Mountaineers nevertheless got great pitching from starter Grady Miller gave up just three hits and no runs over six innings of work. Brian Johnson started for the Red Sox and breezed through the first two innings without giving up a hit, but ran into trouble in the third when Aaron Altherr capped off a three run inning with his 10th home run of the year.

Johnson departed because of "discomfort" in his throwing shoulder after the next batter doubled.

Maddox will make his first career appearance on a major league roster.

Since ending April with a 4-0 record and 1.80 ERA, Hellickson is 1-5 with a 6.89 ERA. The Red Sox activated right-hander Austin Maddox from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Johnson's place on the major league roster and transferred lefty pitcher Roenis Elias to the 60-day disabled list. Tommy Joseph has been far more consistent for the Phillies by batting 14-for-39 with seven RBIs during his nine-game hitting streak.

The Boston bullpen has now gone 21 1/3 consecutive innings without allowing a run.

  • Julie Sanders