Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/19/12

PHILADELPHIA – Jarrod Saltalamacchia is a throwback type of player.

  Similar to Dustin Pedroia. Similar to Kevin Youkilis.

  Saltalamacchia fits in perfectly in Red Sox Nation because of his passion for the game and the intensity he plays nightly. Just one day after a scary incident in which he received 12 stitches after being hit by a ball on the left ear, he was right back in the Red Sox lineup Saturday night.

  In fact, Saltalamacchia texted manager Bobby Valentine from a local hospital Friday night. The crux of the message was simple – Saltalamacchia wanted to play and told Valentine he would even hit a home run.

  Did he ever deliver.

  Saltalamacchia – who left in the seventh inning Friday after a ball caromed off Ty Wigginton and into the catcher’s left ear before lacerating his ear – went 3-for-4 with a single, double and home run in Boston’s 7-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

  “That’s how I got to sleep last night,” Valentine said. “It’s a tough roster.”

  Will Middlebrooks and Saltalamacchia led off the fourth inning with back-to-back homers, the second time this season the Red Sox have done so. It last occurred April 26 at the Chicago White Sox when Youkilis and, ironically, Saltalamacchia connected.

  “I felt good,” Saltalamacchia said. “I wanted to play. I felt good last night. I got cleared to play. The ear didn’t really bother me.”

  The Red Sox ripped four homers off Phillies starter Joe Blanton. Mike Aviles opened the game with a solo shot and David Ortiz hit a two-run blast to center field in the fifth.

  Neither starting pitcher was all that effective.

  Blanton allowed seven runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings and also committed two errors. Blanton entered the night with a three-game winning streak and a 3-0 record with a 2.10 ERA over his previous four starts.

  This was Blanton’s first loss at Citizens Bank Park since May 8, 2010, against the Atlanta Braves.

  “I threw a lot of pitches down the middle,” said Blanton, whose era climbed to 3.74. “Not good results when you do that.”

  Boston’s Jon Lester went six innings and gave up eight hits and four earned runs. Lester still has allowed one earned run or less in four of his nine starts this season.

  “I didn’t have my best stuff,” Lester said. “But I had to battle through it and give them everything I could.”

Valentine said that Lester’s back stiffened during the outing. 

“I thought he was stressed and he did his job,” Valentine said.

John Mayberry Jr. and Shane Victorino had three hits each for the Phillies, who had their six-game winning streak snapped.

“We never finally got that big hit we needed,” Victorino said. “We swung the bat well and never got that timely hit.”

Phillies second baseman Freddy Galvis continued his torrid play with two hits, including a two-run home run in the fourth. Galvis, who became the first Phillies hitter to make his Major League debut on Opening Day since Larry Bowa and Denny Doyle in 1970, extended his hitting streak to four games. Over his last 10 games, Galvis is batting .368 (14-for-38) with eight extra-base hits. 

Galvis also made a couple of nifty plays in the field, which is no surprise. He’s currently third in the National League in fielding percentage behind only Mark Ellis of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Darwin Barney of the Chicago Cubs.

  NOTES: Boston outfielder Cody Ross fouled a ball off his left foot on Friday and didn’t start Saturday. Adrian Gonzalez made his season debut in right field. … The Red Sox are in the 16th game of a tough span of 20 games in 20 days. … Philadelphia third baseman Placido Polanco didn’t start for the third straight game because of a bruised left knee. … Phillies manager Charlie Manuel penciled in his 34th different lineup in 41 games. … Former outfielder Pat Burrell officially retired as a Phillie in a pregame ceremony. Burrell, who signed a one day minor league contract, hit .257 with 251 home runs (fourth all-time with the Phillies) and 827 RBIs (eighth all-time). He was selected first overall in the 1998 draft. … Boston’s Aaron Cook threw a bullpen session Saturday afternoon. … The announced crowd of 45,656 was the 224th consecutive regular season sellout at Citizens Bank Park. … Alfredo Aceves recorded his second save of the season for the Red Sox when pitching more than one inning. He went 1 1/3 innings.

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