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Losers of six of eight, the Boston Red Sox will aim to regroup Tuesday as they begin a nine-game road trip with an interleague doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.
Boston was unable to earn its second three-game winning streak of the season on Sunday, losing 10-8 to the Toronto Blue Jays after surrendering six runs in the fifth inning. The Red Sox slugged four home runs in the game, giving them nine in the past two games.
Lefty Martin Perez (2-4, 4.07 ERA) is set to make his first career start in Philadelphia after limiting Toronto to one run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings in his most recent start on Thursday. Perez is 1-0 with a 2.93 in three career appearances against the Phillies, including two starts.
Philadelphia Phillies odds
The Philadelphia Phillies overcame a blown six-run lead to defeat the host New York Mets 9-8 in 10 innings on Monday and now will return home for a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox before getting back on the road.
Jean Segura went 4-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs Monday after struggling to start the month. With Philadelphia outfielders Jay Bruce, Scott Kingery and Roman Quinn battling injury, Bryce Harper started in center for the first time as a Phillie. Righty Zach Eflin (2-1, 4.45 ERA) is set to start for the Phillies.
He is coming off a six-inning no-decision against Washington on Thursday, when he spaced four runs and seven hits. He allowed four runs in four-plus innings in one previous career start against the Red Sox, on Aug. 18.
Red Sox at Phillies Betting Pick for September 8, 2020
While the banged-up Red Sox benefited from an off day Monday, the Phillies stopped a small slump and will look to benefit from the brief stopover at home.
Red Sox at Phillies Betting Pick:
Phillies 5, Red Sox 3
Red Sox at Phillies Best Bet for September 8, 2020
Eflin has averaged seven strikeouts over six starts to open the season and fanned eight Red Sox batters in four innings in his only other appearance against them.
Red Sox at Phillies Best Bet for September 8, 2020: Over 4.5 Eflin strikeouts (-145)