Boston at Philadelphia

W: J. Beckett (6-1) L: B. Myers (2-2)
HR: BOS - J. Beckett (1), A. Gonzalez (2)   PHI - C. Utley (9), R. Howard (13)

Beckett pitches seven strong innings, hits home run in victory

CBS wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- The Boston Red Sox are used to getting big hits from their designated hitter -- not their pitcher.

Josh Beckett hit a solo homer, an RBI single and pitched seven solid innings to lead the Red Sox over the struggling Philadelphia Phillies 8-4 on Saturday night.

Beckett (6-1) allowed four runs and six hits to win his third consecutive start and give AL East-leading Boston its 10th victory in 13 games. He became the first Red Sox pitcher to go deep since Marty Pattin on Sept. 26, 1972.

"You never expect to hit a ball off a guy like that," Beckett said, referring to Brett Myers. "You're just happy to put the bat on the ball. He happened to throw where I was swinging."

Because the designated hitter isn't used in National League parks during interleague play, the Red Sox have to alter their lineup. Regular DH David Ortiz has started at first base for two games in a row, while regular first baseman Kevin Youkilis sat out Friday night and played third base Saturday. Starting pitcher Matt Clement had a key single in Friday's win.

"We don't count on it, but we'll take everything we can get," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "It doesn't seem feasible because these guys haven't batted in two months. It shows they are great athletes."

Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer, Chase Utley had a solo shot and Myers (2-2) was a hard-luck loser for the Phillies, who have lost five consecutive games after winning 13 of 14.

"It's amazing. We've got to get the opposing pitcher out. It's been killing us the way they hit us," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

A victim of poor run support this season, Myers was outstanding while giving up just one hit in the first five innings. But an error by shortstop Jimmy Rollins led to four unearned runs in the sixth and Myers unraveled in the seventh.

Myers struck out Wily Mo Pena to start the sixth, then ran into trouble. Alex Gonzalez hit a grounder to shortstop, but reached second base when Rollins' throw to first base sailed high and wide. Beckett followed with a run-scoring single that tied it at 1-1.

Youkilis had an infield single and Mark Loretta singled to load the bases. Ortiz drove in Beckett with a sacrifice fly to give Boston a 2-1 lead. After Manny Ramirez walked, Trot Nixon singled beyond second baseman Utley's reach to score two more runs.

Beckett ripped a drive into the left-center seats for his second career homer in the seventh inning to give the Red Sox a 5-1 lead. Youkilis tripled and scored on Loretta's sacrifice fly.

Gonzalez made it 8-1 in the eighth inning when he broke an 0-for-17 slump with a two-run homer to straightaway center off reliever Aaron Fultz.

Howard, who exchanged words with Beckett during a game in spring training, chased the pitcher with an opposite-field homer that cut Boston's lead to 8-4 with none out in the eighth.

"The pitch was where I wanted it, but he's a strong kid," Beckett said.

Julian Tavarez entered and allowed two hits, but escaped the jam. Mike Timlin pitched a scoreless ninth.

Myers allowed six runs -- two earned -- and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his nine starts, but hasn't won since April 23 because the Phillies have averaged just 3.1 runs when he pitches.

"I made good pitches. They just found a hole," Myers said.

Utley gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the third inning with his ninth homer.


  • A small fire broke out in a trash bin on the concourse of the stadium beyond left field during the game, but it was put out in a few minutes, a team spokesman said.
  • The Phillies have lost six consecutive interleague games.
  • Phillies RF Bobby Abreu has just 10 homers in 115 games since his record-setting performance in the Home Run Derby during All-Star week last season. He hit 41 homers in the contest, including 24 in the first round.
  • The Phillies are 73-90 in interleague play, while the Red Sox are 79-80 against NL teams.
  • Boston leads the all-time series 15-12, including six consecutive wins against Philadelphia.
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Josh Beckett improves to 6-1 and hits a homer as the Red Sox defeat the Phils a sixth consecutive time.  (AP)
Josh Beckett improves to 6-1 and hits a homer as the Red Sox defeat the Phils a sixth consecutive time. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Beckett
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 3
K 4

R. Howard
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Boston Red Sox
Kevin Youkilis, 3B5220000 .313
Mark Loretta, 2B4111000 .292
David Ortiz, 1B3011010 .269
    J.T. Snow, 1B1010000 .227
Manny Ramirez, LF4000122 .292
    Mike Timlin, P0000000 .000
Trot Nixon, RF4012010 .304
Jason Varitek, C4010000 .241
Wily Mo Pena, CF4020013 .316
    Willie Harris, PR-CF0100000 .136
Alex Gonzalez, SS4212001 .202
Josh Beckett, P4222000 .500
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
    Dustan Mohr, LF0000000 .171
2B - David Ortiz (10, Madson)
3B - Kevin Youkilis (1, Myers)
HR - Alex Gonzalez (2, Fultz), Josh Beckett (1, Myers)
SF - Mark Loretta (1), David Ortiz (2)
RBI - Mark Loretta (19), David Ortiz (38), Trot Nixon 2 (20), Alex Gonzalez 2 (14), Josh Beckett 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Trot Nixon 2 (6), Alex Gonzalez 2 (3)
Team LOB - 5
E - J.T. Snow (1, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (W,6-1) 7643342 4.19
Julian Tavarez 1200010 4.02
Mike Timlin 1000010 0.96
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 106-63, Julian Tavarez 20-12, Mike Timlin 9-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 10-8, Julian Tavarez 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 31, Julian Tavarez 5, Mike Timlin 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4010101 .240
Chase Utley, 2B4211110 .299
Bobby Abreu, RF4100113 .273
Ryan Howard, 1B4113011 .295
Pat Burrell, LF4010010 .273
Shane Victorino, CF4010001 .359
David Bell, 3B4020011 .277
Carlos Ruiz, C3010001 .160
   a- David Dellucci, PH1000001 .229
    Sal Fasano, C0000000 .250
Brett Myers, P2000010 .050
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .400
   b- Abraham Nunez, PH1000001 .184
    Aaron Fultz, P0000000 .000
   c- Alex Gonzalez, PH1000002 .111
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .333
a-flied out for Ruiz in the 8th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Madson in the 7th
c-grounded out for Fultz in the 8th
HR - Chase Utley (9, Beckett), Ryan Howard (13, Beckett)
RBI - Chase Utley (29), Ryan Howard 3 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Utley (11)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (7, 2nd base off Beckett/Varitek)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Bell-Utley-Howard
E - Jimmy Rollins (3, Wild throw)
Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Myers (L,2-2) 6.1862131 2.75
Ryan Madson 0.2100000 6.95
Aaron Fultz 1222011 4.38
Geoff Geary 1100010 3.75
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 107-68, Ryan Madson 10-5, Aaron Fultz 24-15, Geoff Geary 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 6-10, Aaron Fultz 1-1, Geoff Geary 1-1
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 28, Ryan Madson 3, Aaron Fultz 5, Geoff Geary 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44809
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi