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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

J.D. Drew's 4 hits helps down Phils 7-4

June 18, 2008 PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Eleven years later, J.D. Drew gets the same welcome whenever he visits the City of Brotherly Love: "Booooooo!" The jeers only got louder each time he got a hit.

Drew tied a career high with four hits and fell a triple short of the cycle, Justin Masterson pitched five effective innings and the Red Sox downed the Phillies 7-4 on Wednesday.
Booed each time he came up, Drew hit a three-run homer in the first inning, doubled in the third, had an RBI single in the fourth and singled in the sixth before tapping out in the eighth. He finished 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Drew has been vilified in Philadelphia since refusing to sign with the Phillies after they drafted him with the second overall pick in the 1997 amateur draft. Now with his fourth different team, the rude treatment hasn't changed. Drew even had to dodge batteries thrown from the stands the first time he came to Philly with St. Louis in 1999.
"They're not going to forget, I know that much," Drew said. "It's always one of those situations where you go out there and battle and you're going to hear things that you don't normally hear at other parks. It makes it fun."

Masterson (4-1) allowed two runs and four hits in the shortest of his six career starts. Jonathan Papelbon, the fourth Boston reliever, pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 24 chances.

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