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Game 137: Josh Beckett solid, but Red Sox still lose

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Final - 9.7.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston Red Sox 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
Chicago White Sox 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 X 5 8 0
WP: Mark Buehrle (12 - 7)
LP: Josh Beckett (14 - 6)

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Josh Beckett finally pitched a pretty good game -- but the Red Sox still lose.

Sweet.

Beckett gave up three runs over seven innings, but the offense couldn't get in motion. They notched eight hits, but only brought one run across the board to lose, 5-1.

The White Sox took the series, 3-1, with the win.

The Red Sox's only run came in the first inning on an RBI single by Kevin Youkilis. Eight innings later, Boston couldn't do any more.

It didn't really matter at that point, but Hideki Okajima struggled and gave up two runs over the course of the 8th inning. No offense and no relief pitching is going to lose you ballgames -- a lot.

September has been ugly so far for the Sox: 3-4 to kick off the pivotal month. The Sox now host the O's for two games starting Tuesday with an off-day coming Thursday. Let's hope the pivot happens now.