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Despite early troubles, Josh Beckett (6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) kept the Sox in the game as the offense pounded Shields for the 7-3 win.
The Sox and Rays did not waste any time getting on the scoreboard. The Red Sox jumped out to an early 1-0 lead by way of a Gonzalez single that scored Nava in the first. Josh Beckett gave it right back, and some, in the bottom of the inning. Beckett surrendered 3 straight singles, one by way of a deflection off of his own glove, followed by a pair of strikeouts, HBP, and another single. All resulted in a 3-1 Rays lead after 1, and surprisingly, that was all of the scoring the Rays would do. The Sox answered immediately in the 2nd with a 2-run homer off the bat of Mike Aviles. Daniel Nava added a solo homer in the 5th, accompanied by a 2-run single by Will Middlebrooks. Ellsbury scored on a Cody Ross sac-fly in the 6th to cap off the scoring. Alfredo Aceves made things interesting in the 9th with the 4-run lead. Aceves walked the bases loaded and ultimately got Hideki Matsui to fly out to deep right to end the game.
Josh Beckett was tough to watch at the beginning of the game, but settled down after the 3-run, 3 hit first. Beckett scatters 5 hits in the remaining 5 innings to earn his 5th win of the season. The Sox exceeded all expectations and racked up 11 hits and 6 runs on James Shields to give Beckett a nice cushion.
Jacoby Ellsbury continues to look better in his return to the lineup. Ells went 3-for-5 with a run scored from the top spot. Gonzo made a surprising return after being doubtful for the game, and he looked pretty good, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. In addition to Ellsbury and Gonzalez, Ortiz, Middlebrooks, and Aviles had multiple hits.
A series victory against the Rays...not a bad way to start the second half.
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For Josh Beckett, it was seventh heaven. Well, actually, that's probably not accurate. If you asked Beckett, he would probably still be disappointed that he hadn't gotten a win in his previous six starts. But, on his seventh time out to the hill, he was able to get that "w," leading the Red Sox and helping them move a game over the .500 mark. Overall, the line wasn...
Josh Beckett had eight days of rest between starts and came out firing against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. Beckett pitched six innings, allowing eight hits and three runs, which was enough to help the Red Sox secure a 7-3 victory over the Rays. With the victory, Beckett improved his record to 5-7 and said he felt strong physically throughout the game. Watch the video to hear what...
Josh Beckett took the mound for the Sox and while he still had some first inning struggles, he buckled down and was able to bring the Sox the win they needed to take the series against the Rays.
Beckett looked like he was having a case of deja vu in the first inning. Beckett gave up 3 straight singles to start the inning including an RBI single to Zobrist before recording an out...
Josh Beckett overcame early struggles to pitch six effective innings, Will Middlebrooks drove in a pair during a tiebreaking three-run fifth, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3 on Sunday.
Beckett (5-7) allowed three runs - all in the first - and eight hits. The right-hander, 5-0 over his past eight games against Tampa Bay, struck out seven and walked two in stopping...
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Red Sox (44-44)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (4-7, 4.43)
Pitching: RHP James Shields (8-5, 4.17)
Adrian Gonzalez is back for Boston. A day after missing his start in the Red Sox lineup due to back stiffness, Gonzalez will bat fourth as the Red Sox look to take a series win over their American League East foes, the Tampa Bay Rays, on Sunday. Jacoby Ellsbury will be batting leadoff again as he eases back into an everyday role for the team, and Pedro Ciriaco continues to fill in...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Josh Beckett said he was so "zapped" from taking an antibiotic, he was having "borderline blackout periods" between his pitches Sunday." The right-hander fought through it and got stronger as he went. After allowing three runs in the first inning, Beckett rallied to go five more frames without allowing a run. And the Boston Red...
The vaunted Big Three of the Red Sox starting rotation hasn't exactly set the world on fire so far this season. With the struggles and inconsistencies of Josh Beckett (4-7, 4.43 ERA), Jon Lester (5-6, 4.49) and Clay Buchholz (8-2, 5.53 ERA), it's no wonder that the Red Sox are a mere one game over .500 after Friday's 3-1 win over the Rays. But the three possess just as...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Josh Beckett overcame early struggles to pitch six effective innings, Will Middlebrooks drove in a pair during a tiebreaking three-run fifth, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3 on Sunday.
Beckett (5-7) allowed three runs -- all in the first -- and eight hits. The right-hander, 5-0 over his past eight games against Tampa Bay, struck out...
When you look at the grand scheme of things, taking two-of-three from the Tampa Bay Rays was a good thing for the Boston Red Sox. It almost didn't happen though.
Josh Beckett, who it turns out was battling flu-like symptons, gave up three runs in a 1st inning that seemed like it took an hour. Fortunately, he was able to fight through the illness and the offense picked him...
Despite a solid effort from Clay Buchholz, the Boston Red Sox fell 5-3 last night. Today, they look to get back on track and take the series from the Tampa Bay Rays in the finale of a three-game set at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:40 p.m. and will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Rays television...
Here's a commercial for the 2012 Futures at Fenway event featuring Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks and OF Daniel Nava.
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