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Houck tosses 6 solid innings and O'Neill slugs a 3-run homer in Red Sox's 9-3 victory over Phillies

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Houck tosses 6 solid innings and O'Neill slugs a 3-run homer in Red Sox's 9-3 victory over Phillies
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Houck tosses 6 solid innings and O'Neill slugs a 3-run homer in Red Sox's 9-3 victory over Phillies

2024-06-14 10:55 Last Updated At:11:01

BOSTON (AP) — Tanner Houck allowed three runs in six strong innings and Tyler O’Neill hit a three-run homer to help the Boston Red Sox defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-3 on Thursday night.

Jarren Duran doubled in his first two at-bats and also drove in two runs as the Red Sox secured a series win against the NL-leading Phillies. David Hamilton, Reese McGuire, Dominic Smith and Emmanuel Valdez also drove in runs for Boston, which went above .500 with the win at 35-34.

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Boston Red Sox left fielder Jarren Duran catches a fly ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Nick Castellanos during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (AP) — Tanner Houck allowed three runs in six strong innings and Tyler O’Neill hit a three-run homer to help the Boston Red Sox defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-3 on Thursday night.

Boston Red Sox's Brad Keller delivers a pitch to a Philadelphia Phillies batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Brad Keller delivers a pitch to a Philadelphia Phillies batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox shortstop David Hamilton, left, celebrates with outfielder Ceddanne Rafaela, right, after the Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox shortstop David Hamilton, left, celebrates with outfielder Ceddanne Rafaela, right, after the Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Jarren Duran runs after hitting a two-run double against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Jarren Duran runs after hitting a two-run double against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox' Tyler O'Neill, left, celebrates with Jarren Duran after O'Neill hit a three-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox' Tyler O'Neill, left, celebrates with Jarren Duran after O'Neill hit a three-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Jarren Duran hits a two-run double against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Jarren Duran hits a two-run double against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola delivers a pitch to a Boston Red Sox batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola delivers a pitch to a Boston Red Sox batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Reese McGuire, right, scores in front of Philadelphia Phillies catcher Garrett Stubbs on a single by Dominic Smith during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Reese McGuire, right, scores in front of Philadelphia Phillies catcher Garrett Stubbs on a single by Dominic Smith during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Tyler O'Neill hits a three-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Tyler O'Neill hits a three-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Tanner Houck delivers a pitch to a Philadelphia Phillies batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Tanner Houck delivers a pitch to a Philadelphia Phillies batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

“We have a good team," manager Alex Cora said. "We’re going to win some games, we’re going to lose some games. We’re going to show up every day and try to kick your (butt). Sometimes we will, sometimes they’ll kick our (butt). We’re getting healthier. It’s a good lineup. We believe there’s more offensively.”

Houck (7-5) scattered eight hits, struck out five and walked none while lowering his ERA to 2.08. The right-hander has gone at least six innings in 12 of his 14 starts.

“I take pride in going deeper into games and keeping the boys in the game as long as possible," Houck said. "I’ve never wanted to be that five (innings) and done pitcher. My stuff wasn’t necessarily the best. I didn’t locate the ball as well as I wanted to, but all in all, six innings against a good team is something you take every day.”

Kyle Schwarber drove in all three of Philadelphia’s runs. Phillies starter Aaron Nola (8-3) delivered his worst outing since his first start of the season.

“He hung some breaking balls and the fastball was up,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “It’s one of those days.”

Nola gave up eight runs and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings. His ERA jumped from 2.77 to 3.48.

“Struggled with command," Nola said. "I felt fine in the bullpen. Just left some balls up in the zone and they didn’t miss them. I’m going to flush this one pretty quick.”

Valdez and McGuire jumped on consecutive pitches in the second inning for a pair of doubles that led to Boston scoring the game’s first run. Nola allowed five straight hits in the inning, four of them doubles. Duran’s second double of the game, which drove in two, was the fifth consecutive hit given up by Nola in the four-run second.

After allowing two hits and hitting a batter, Houck watched his 3-1 pitch to Schwarber turn into a bases-clearing double that pulled the Phillies to within one run in the fourth.

Boston regained some breathing room in the fourth and also chased Nola from the game. The righty was tagged for four more runs — three coming on O’Neill’s 12th home run — and was removed after allowing his most runs in a start this season.

Brad Keller pitched three innings in relief for Boston to earn his first save of the season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: OF Brandon Marsh (right hamstring strain) began what could amount to a two-game rehab assignment with Double-A Reading on Thursday night. Marsh served as Reading’s DH and went 3 for 5. Before Thursday’s game in Boston, Thomson said Marsh is slated to see time in center field on Friday night for the Fightin Phils. Thomson said Marsh “possibly” could be activated from the IL on Saturday. “We’ll see how it goes,” Thomson added. ... SS Trea Turner (left hamstring strain) ran the bases “really good” Thomson said. Turner is scheduled to run the bases again Friday. Thomson ruled out a rehab assignment for the shortstop.

Red Sox: 1B Triston Casas (rib) took grounders on the field during batting practice. He has yet to be cleared to take swings. The Red Sox hope he can come off the 60-day IL in early July. ... INF/OF Romy Gonzalez, on the IL since May 31 with a strained left hamstring, went 1 for 2 with a walk in a rehab game for Triple-A Worcester on Thursday night.

UP NEXT

Phillies: LHP Ranger Suárez (10-1, 1.81) is set to start Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Baltimore. The Orioles will start RHP Kyle Bradish (2-0, 2.62).

Red Sox: RHP Bryan Bello (6-3, 4.78) is scheduled to pitch Friday in the series opener against the Yankees. RHP Luis Gil (8-1, 2.04) will start for New York. Friday’s game time was bumped up to 6:30 p.m. to accommodate fans wishing to watch the Boston Celtics go for a sweep in the NBA Finals against Dallas.

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Boston Red Sox left fielder Jarren Duran catches a fly ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Nick Castellanos during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox left fielder Jarren Duran catches a fly ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Nick Castellanos during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Brad Keller delivers a pitch to a Philadelphia Phillies batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Brad Keller delivers a pitch to a Philadelphia Phillies batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox shortstop David Hamilton, left, celebrates with outfielder Ceddanne Rafaela, right, after the Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox shortstop David Hamilton, left, celebrates with outfielder Ceddanne Rafaela, right, after the Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Jarren Duran runs after hitting a two-run double against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Jarren Duran runs after hitting a two-run double against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox' Tyler O'Neill, left, celebrates with Jarren Duran after O'Neill hit a three-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox' Tyler O'Neill, left, celebrates with Jarren Duran after O'Neill hit a three-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Jarren Duran hits a two-run double against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Jarren Duran hits a two-run double against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola delivers a pitch to a Boston Red Sox batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola delivers a pitch to a Boston Red Sox batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Reese McGuire, right, scores in front of Philadelphia Phillies catcher Garrett Stubbs on a single by Dominic Smith during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Reese McGuire, right, scores in front of Philadelphia Phillies catcher Garrett Stubbs on a single by Dominic Smith during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Tyler O'Neill hits a three-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Tyler O'Neill hits a three-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Tanner Houck delivers a pitch to a Philadelphia Phillies batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Red Sox's Tanner Houck delivers a pitch to a Philadelphia Phillies batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Republican vice presidential nominee JD Vance will make his first solo appearances on the campaign trail Monday, a day after the 2024 presidential race was thrown into upheaval as President Joe Biden dropped out of the race, leaving the Democratic candidate an open question.

Vance, an Ohio senator, is scheduled to hold a rally in his hometown of Middletown, followed by an evening event in Radford, Virginia, fresh off his rally debut with Donald Trump over the weekend.

Vance had been expected to eventually face Vice President Kamala Harris in a debate. But with Biden dropping out and the Democratic ticket unsettled, the senator is following Trump’s lead and focusing on attacking Biden and Harris jointly.

“President Trump and I are ready to save America, whoever’s at the top of the Democrat ticket,” Vance said Sunday in a post on X. “Bring it on.”

Trump’s campaign plans to use Vance, who became the GOP vice presidential nominee last week, in Rust Belt states that are seen as pivotal for Democrats’ path to the White House, including Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and places where the senator’s blue collar roots and populist views are expected to resonate.

Middletown, between Cincinnati and Dayton, is considered to be part of the Rust Belt. Using it as the location for his first solo event as the vice presidential nominee not only allows Vance to lean into his biography, which he laid out in his bestselling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” but it gives the campaign a chance to establish a fresh groundswell in a former swing state that has been trending Republican.

While Republicans promoted a unifying message last week and decried inflammatory language in the wake of the assassination attempt against Trump, one of the first speakers to introduce Vance at the rally suggested the country may need to come to civil war if Trump loses in November.

“I believe wholeheartedly. Donald Trump and Booker County’s JD Vance are the last chance to save our country,” said George Lang, a Republican state senator. “Politically, I’m afraid if we lose this one, it’s going to take a civil war to save the country and it will be saved. It’s the greatest experiment in the history of mankind."

Vendors outside the event removed merchandise referencing Biden and added coffee mugs, T-shirts and other items that featured Vance.

Vance’s second stop is in a part of western Virginia that is considered a part of the Appalachia region. The campaign's decision to send Vance there also signals their confidence in their chances. Virginia is a state that had been a swing state but has gone for Democrats in every presidential election since 2008.

In his speech at the Republican National Convention last week introducing himself to America, Vance spoke about “forgotten communities” where “jobs were sent overseas and children were sent to war.”

The 39-year-old Republican also leaned into his relative youth, contrasting Biden’s decades in government with the milestones in his own life. It’s not clear how Vance will shift his message toward Harris, whom many Democrats were lining up to support, or any other contender for the nomination.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, who is seen as a potential Democratic vice presidential candidate, made a point of criticizing Vance for the way he has portrayed Kentucky and the region.

Vance was raised by his grandparents in Middletown, which is not in Appalachia, but spent a significant amount of time traveling to Kentucky with his grandparents to visit family. The senator has said he hopes to be buried in a small mountain cemetery there.

“He ain’t from here,” Beshear told The Associated Press.

The governor took issue with Vance's portrayals in his book of people in Kentucky and eastern Kentucky and suggestions that they were lazy or not motivated to work.

“You don’t get to just come in eastern Kentucky a couple of times in the summer and then maybe for weddings and a funeral and cast judgment on us. It’s offensive,” Beshear said.

Despite his presence on the primetime debate stage and his bestselling book, Vance is still working to introduce himself to voters.

A CNN poll conducted in late June found the majority of registered voters had never heard of Vance or had no opinion of him. Just 13% of registered voters said they had a favorable opinion of Vance and 20% had an unfavorable one, according to the poll.

After Vance was named as Trump’s running mate, a startling number of Republican delegates, who are typically party insiders and activists, said they didn’t know much about the senator.

In his hometown in Ohio, though, he was welcomed as a local star.

Zetta Davidson, 73, a longtime poll worker from Fairborn, Ohio, called it “a wonderful move” for Trump to pick Vance. “I think he’s honest, straightforward, and if it’s not right, he’ll rip it apart,” she said.

A 72-year-old retiree from Middletown, Randy Linville, called Vance an “excellent choice."

“No. 1, he’s young,” Linville said. "Mr. Trump is not that old, but he’s getting up there.”

Vance has served in the Senate for less than two years. He has morphed from being a harsh Trump critic, at one point likening him to Hitler, to becoming a staunch defender of the former president, hitting the campaign trail on his behalf and even joining him at his Manhattan criminal trial this summer.

Price reported from New York. Associated Press writer Bruce Schreiner in Louisville, Kentucky, contributed to this report.

Follow the AP’s coverage of the 2024 election at https://apnews.com/hub/election-2024.

Attendees wait in line to attend a campaign rally for Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, at Middletown High School, Monday, July 22, 2024, in Middletown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Attendees wait in line to attend a campaign rally for Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, at Middletown High School, Monday, July 22, 2024, in Middletown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Police snipers stand atop Middletown High School before Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, speaks at a campaign rally, Monday, July 22, 2024, in Middletown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Police snipers stand atop Middletown High School before Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, speaks at a campaign rally, Monday, July 22, 2024, in Middletown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Supporters wait in line to attend a campaign rally for Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, at Middletown High School, Monday, July 22, 2024, in Middletown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Supporters wait in line to attend a campaign rally for Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, at Middletown High School, Monday, July 22, 2024, in Middletown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Members of the police department look on at a campaign rally for Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, at Middletown High School, Monday, July 22, 2024, in Middletown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Members of the police department look on at a campaign rally for Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, at Middletown High School, Monday, July 22, 2024, in Middletown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Police snipers stand atop Middletown High School as supporters arrive to attend a campaign rally with Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, Monday, July 22, 2024, in Middletown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Police snipers stand atop Middletown High School as supporters arrive to attend a campaign rally with Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, Monday, July 22, 2024, in Middletown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

A cardboard cutout of former first lady Melania Trump appears as supporters arrive at a campaign rally for Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, at Middletown High School, Monday, July 22, 2024, in Middletown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

A cardboard cutout of former first lady Melania Trump appears as supporters arrive at a campaign rally for Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, at Middletown High School, Monday, July 22, 2024, in Middletown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Supporters arrive at a campaign rally for Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, at Middletown High School, Monday, July 22, 2024, in Middletown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Supporters arrive at a campaign rally for Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, at Middletown High School, Monday, July 22, 2024, in Middletown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, arrives to speak at a campaign event with Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump, Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, arrives to speak at a campaign event with Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump, Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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