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Phillies beat Red Sox for second straight day

PHILADELPHIA -- Vance Worley didn't get Dustin Pedroia's autograph. He got the former MVP's attention -- and the rest of the Boston Red Sox, too.

Worley pitched seven strong innings, Raul Ibanez hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Red Sox, 2-1, on Wednesday night.

Worley (3-1) allowed one run, five hits and struck out five. The rookie right-hander has filled in nicely for injured starters Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton.

He sent someone to get Pedroia's signature on a ball before the game, but came up empty.

"He wouldn't give me one until I met him," Worley said. "Then I threw one up and in on him so I probably won't get it now."

Worley dusted Pedroia with a high-and-tight fastball inside in the first inning and left an impression with his solid performance.

"He had great mound presence, and we were all very impressed," Pedroia said. "It's really good for a kid that young to have a presence like that on the mound. He's going to be a good one."

In a series billed as a World Series preview, the major league-leading Phillies (51-30) have taken two straight and go for a sweep today.

Michael Stutes pitched a perfect eighth and Antonio Bastardo finished for his third save and first filling in for Ryan Madson. The Phillies are down to their fourth closer with Madson, Jose Contreras and Brad Lidge on the disabled list.

But their young relievers are doing well.

"We talk about our starting pitching a lot and we should, but I'm real proud of the back end of our bullpen," manager Charlie Manuel said.

Ibanez was 3 for 3 with two RBIs, falling a triple short of the cycle. He came in 5 for 44.

John Lackey (5-7) gave up two runs and eight hits in 7 2/3 innings in one of his best starts this season. He lowered his ERA from 7.36 to 6.81.

The Red Sox have lost six of seven since going 14-2.

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