Josh Beckett struck out nine and scattered four hits over seven innings of work to lead the Boston Red Sox past the Seattle Mariners 5-0 last night at Fenway Park. The victory helped the 11-year veteran somewhat redeem himself to the Fenway Faithful after a frustrating start to the regular season.
Last week Beckett was really fighting an uphill battle once news broke that he had played golf after being scratched from a start because of back stiffness. He then proceeded to get shelled in his May 10th start against the Cleveland Indians, letting up seven runs in two innings before manager Bobby Valentine went to his bullpen.
The Red Sox have since won five straight and the starting rotation is gaining confidence while keeping the bullpen at ease. Rich Hill and Alfredo Aceves closed out yesterday’s game in the 8th and 9th to complete the shutout. “You just want to keep your team in the game. The starters have been doing that lately, and it’s nice to keep that going,” said Beckett. “It’s nice. These guys have been playing their butts off all year. It’s nice to be able to keep that going.”
David Ortiz gave Boston the initial advantage in the third inning with a 390-foot solo shot to right. The Sox are set to hit the road for games in Tampa Bay, Philadelphia and Baltimore before returning home to welcome the Rays for three games starting Friday, May 25th. Purchase your Boston Red Sox tickets here at Ace!