Game 128: Beckett struggles, but Red Sox pull out win


Final - 8.28.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto Blue Jays 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 10 0
Boston Red Sox 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 1 X 6 10 0
WP: Hideki Okajima (5 - 0)
SV: Jonathan Papelbon (31)
LP: Brian Tallet (5 - 8)

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It's a good thing this offense is going well, because Josh Beckett isn't.

Beckett struggled again, but the Red Sox pulled out a 6-5 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night.

Beckett gave up five runs, five hits and five walks in five innings of work. He struck out nine, but still wasn't very impressive in his third consecutive poor start. The Sox really need Beckett to kick it back into gear, because this type of performance just isn't acceptable.

Jason Bay hit his 29th home run of the season in the win. Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 3 with an RBI and two walks while J.D. Drew went 2 for 4. Casey Kotchman brought in the game-winning run with a fielder's choice that scored David Ortiz.

The Jays had a chance to make the game 6-5 in their favor in the 8th, but a Bay to Alex Gonzalez to Jason Varitek relay caught Travis Snider at the plate for an out.

The 'pen was not scored upon tonight. Daniel Bard was impressive by striking out three in 1.2 innings of work. Jonathan Papelbon earned his 31st save, but made it adventurous. He loaded the bases before striking out two to end the game. All three outs were strikeouts in the 9th.

A win is a win, despite the poor performance from Beckett. Things will hopefully get better Saturday as Ricky Romero takes on Clay Buchholz at 7:10 p.m.

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