Charlie Manuel spent Friday night high above home plate eating peanuts in the executive box. He had nothing to do with the Phillies' 6-4 win over the Boston Red Sox. Or did he? The Phillies are 7-1 since Manuel chewed out the club after it was swept by the New York Mets to fall to 14-18 earlier this month. Now the Phils own the longest current winning streak in the majors – six games – and are two games over .500. "We've been on a good little streak here," said closer Jonathan Papelbon, who earned his 12th save against his former team Friday night. "We've got to keep this train rolling. Can't look forward, can't look back. Like I said earlier in the season when we were stuggling: We've got the capability to put 10 wins up on the board real quick. So we have to stay steady." The Phils have averaged 5.4 runs per game and have a 2.84 team ERA since Manuel's verbal spanking. Did Manuel's words have anything to do with the Phils' turnaround? "Of course," Papelbon said. "Yeah. Shoot, yeah. He's the skipper. He runs the ship. "Everybody is doing their job. Do the little things right. Little things win ball games." Bench coach Pete Mackanin steered the ship Friday night while Manuel served a one-game suspension for his dustup with umpire Bob Davidson three days earlier. Mackanin believes Manuel's words hit home with Phillies players.
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CSN Philly | May 19