JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Josh Beckett increased his repertoire of pitches for his second spring training start, and the result was similar to his first outing.
Beckett gave up two hits in three scoreless innings but the Boston Red Sox lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 9-3 on Thursday. He has allowed three hits and no runs in five innings this spring.
"I threw everything I wanted to throw," said Beckett, who used mostly changeups and one curveball in his first outing. "It's getting there. It's a work in progress."
Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia pitched two hitless innings in his first spring start, striking out four.
Garcia did not allow a ball out of infield and started the game by striking out Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia.
"He was nasty," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He just had a great tempo. When he's like that and that ball is kind of running, cutting, sinking all over the place it's just no fun. You can just see. They can't pick him up. It's a gift."