Red Sox 7, Phillies 5

Red Sox take down Phillies in series opener

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly delivered a pitch in the first inning.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Joe Kelly has now won seven straight starts, the longest such streak in baseball this season.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

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Injuries have hobbled many of the arms the Sox would typically turn to and opened the door for Hill.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/486124304-7400--90x90.jpg Red Sox’ Jackie Bradley Jr. has hit on a solution

After a dismal 2014, Bradley worked with Red Sox coaches to change his swing, and the results this year are impressive.

Baseball Roundup

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The Baltimore slugger took over the major league lead with his 39th and 40th home runs.

DOWN ON THE FARM

Red Sox minor leaguer Anderson Espinoza a fast learner

In 10 Gulf Coast League starts, he posted a 0.68 ERA with 40 strikeouts and nine walks in 40 innings.

Game 134: Phillies at Red Sox

The Red Sox open up a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Washington moved within six games of the first-place New York Mets, who were off Thursday, in the NL East.

NESN’s ratings dip in the second half of the season is not on Red Sox television announcer Jerry Remy (left) and Don Orsillo but rather, an ineffective team.

Chad Finn | Sports Media

Jerry Remy’s status at NESN for next year remains a question

This season, Remy was reenergized and so were the Red Sox broadcasts. But with Don Orsillo leaving, will Remy be back?

Rick Porcello struck out 13 on Tuesday vs. the Yankees.

AP

Alex Speier

Pitching coach knew not to give up on Rick Porcello

The righthander’s overall season has been poor, but the last two games have showed the talent is still there.

Red Sox notebook

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Injuries and a lack of depth at Triple A have left the team without many viable candidates.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_soxyanks1_spts.jpg Henry Owens no lock for Red Sox rotation in 2016

That was even before he allowed seven runs over 1 innings to the Yankees Wednesday.

Alex Speier

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The recent Red Sox struggles have created player development and evaluation opportunities that almost never existed.

Anderson Espinoza promoted to Single A Greenville

Espinoza posted a combined 0.90 ERA in the DSL and Rookie Level Gulf Coast League.

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/471465730-7086-7268--90x90.jpg Allen Craig added to Red Sox’ first base equation

Called up from Pawtucket, the veteran will get a chance to show he’s left his struggles caused by a foot injury behind.

Alex Speier

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His numbers seem more solid than spectacular until one accounts for the fact that he won’t turn 23 until the season has concluded.

Hanley Ramirez has not played since Saturday because of a sore shoulder.

Red Sox notebook

Hanley Ramirez’s days in left field are over

The Red Sox are now hoping the big-ticket free agent can play at first base at some point this season.