Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 5/15/12

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Josh Beckett celebrated his 32nd birthday with a stellar pitching performance as the Sox sweep the 2-game set, 5-0. Beckett's birthday coincided with Tim Wakefield Day at Fenway and it proved to be a good day all around, aside from the rainy weather.

Beckett was in old form and silenced all the controversy leading up to today's start. Josh went 7 strong, giving up 4 hits, 2 walks and struck out 9. Rich Hill pitched a perfect 8th with a strikeout and Aceves pitched a perfect 9th in a non-save situation.

David Ortiz got it started at the plate, hitting his 8th homer of the year, a solo shot in the 3rd inning. The Sox added 2 more in the 4th by way of an Aviles RBI double and a Sweeney ground-out that scored Nava from third. The Sox scored once again in the 5th, when Ortiz scored on a Will Middlebrooks single to left field. Salty hit a wall-ball double in the 8th and Aviles knock him in with a double to cap off the scoring.

The Sox have won 5 straight to improve to 17-19 on the season and 5 GB of first as of the end of the game. For the first time this season, each Sox starter has recorded a victory in the 5 game winning streak. The Sox have a tougher test ahead of them in Tampa Bay over the next two days, but they don't scare me right now.

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