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Game 141: Beckett, big inning due in Rays

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Final - 9.12.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tampa Bay Rays 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
Boston Red Sox 0 0 8 1 0 0 0 0 X 9 8 0
WP: Josh Beckett (15 - 6)
LP: Wade Davis (0 - 1)

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Two things to be happy about: 1) the Red Sox won and 2) they actually played the game.

Josh Beckett tossed five, one-run innings and the Red Sox exploded for eight runs in the third inning to beat the Rays, 9-1, in 5.5 innings on Saturday.

Beckett was solid, giving up four hits and four strikeouts in the win. Beckett is now 15-6 on the season.

The offense was so good in the third inning, it'd probably be easier to show you, in bullet-point form, how they scored:

 

  • V. Martinez singled to shallow right, A. Gonzalez scored, D. Pedroia to second
  • K. Youkilis singled to shallow right, D. Pedroia scored, V. Martinez to third
  • D. Ortiz singled to shallow right, V. Martinez scored, K. Youkilis to second
  • K. Youkilis scored, D. Ortiz to third, J. Bay to second on wild pitch
  • A. Gonzalez doubled to deep center, D. Ortiz, J. Bay and J.D. Drew scored
  • J. Ellsbury singled, A. Gonzalez scored

Nice. Despite the short game, Alex Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis both had two hits. Youk had two RBIs, while Gonzo -- that guy who can't hit -- had three.

Sox continue the series -- and finish it -- with a doubleheader today starting at noon. Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester will be on the hill today.