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Game 73: Beckett bedazzles Braves batters

Final - 6.26.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston Red Sox 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 4 7 1
Atlanta Braves 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 0
WP: Josh Beckett (9 - 3)
LP: Jair Jurrjens (5 - 6)

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So sue me: it's a catchy headline.

But that is pretty much what happened in the Sox's 4-1 victory over the Braves on Friday. Beckett went seven innings, allowed six hits, no runs, no walks and struck out six to earn his 9th win of the season. Jonathan Papelbon allowed the only run in the 9th inning.

Once again, however, Beckett dominated while the offense sputtered. David Ortiz hit another home run while J.D. Drew and Dustin Pedroia had two other RBIs. Pedroia later scored on a passed ball. Pedroia, Drew and Mark Kotsay had two hits each. The only other player to have a hit was Ortiz, and that was his home run in the fifth to break the scoreless tie.

Hideki Okajima pitched well in the 8th. He walked one, but struck out three.

It's a good win for the Sox despite only four players showing up to hit. I really believe this team hasn't come together all at the same time yet. And when it happens, it could be very, very scary for the opposition.

Sox continue the series Saturday at 4:10 p.m. Tim Wakefield will start and Javier Vazquez will oppose him.