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Friday, May 21, 2010
Sox's winning streak ends

By Joe McDonald

PHILADELPHIA -- The Red Sox saw their three-game winning streak come to an end Friday night with a 5-1 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Boston starter John Lackey worked only five innings and allowed four runs on six hits (two home runs) with five walks and three strikeouts. The right-hander drops to 4-3.

The Phillies’ Ryan Howard hit a solo homer in the fourth inning before teammate Jayson Werth crushed a two-run shot into the upper deck in left field in the fifth inning.

Victor Martinez counted for Boston’s lone run with a solo homer in the top of the first inning off Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels, who finished seven innings and allowed only one run on three hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.

The Sox send Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-1, 7.89 ERA) to the mound on Saturday against the Phillies’ Kyle Kendrick (2-1, 5.24).