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Ramirez rips pair of homers as Red Sox rout Phillies

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- Josh Beckett and the Boston Red Sox are flirting with perfection.

The big right-hander retired his first 16 batters, his fielders played a club-record 11th consecutive errorless game and the team won its seventh straight, 10-2 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.

And for the sixth game in a row, the Red Sox had at least 12 hits, including two homers and a double by Manny Ramirez that drove in five runs.

The Phillies didn't get their first hit until the sixth inning.

"I guess I'm not like everybody else because they all say that they don't even know that it's going on," Beckett said of a perfect game. "You look up there and it's nice to think those kinds of things, but against a lineup like that it's pretty tough."

After rain delayed the start of the game by 43 minutes, Beckett threw just 57 pitches through five innings, recording five strikeouts and allowing three balls out of the infield.

Beckett (9-3) worked eight innings, allowing three hits -- including Chase Utley's two-run homer in the seventh -- with eight strikeouts and no walks. Mike Timlin pitched the ninth.

"It feels good that we're clicking," said third baseman Mike Lowell, who backhanded David Bell's liner in the third to rob him of a hit. "We're up 6-0 and it's the third inning. That's a good feeling. We can kind of cruise."

Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the first and the Red Sox added three in the second on a two-run single by Kevin Youkilis and an RBI double by Ramirez, who has 20 homers.

"He just has such a good idea of how pitchers want to attack him," manager Terry Francona said.

Beckett retired David Dellucci to start the sixth on a fly ball to center fielder Coco Crisp. But Bell grounded a clean single up the middle on a 3-2 pitch.

"He's always a pitcher that's capable of shutting teams down and you never give in and say, 'he's going to do that to us,' " Bell said, "but he was able to do it for five or six innings."

The 16 batters were the most retired by a Red Sox pitcher to start a game since Curt Schilling set down the first 17 Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park on May 30, 2004, his first year with Boston.

"His fastball was very good," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said of Beckett. "He definitely challenged our big hitters."

Beckett lost his shutout in the seventh on a leadoff double by Jimmy Rollins and Utley's 13th homer of the year with no outs. Then he retired the heart of the order -- Bobby Abreu on a fly out and Pat Burrell and Ryan Howard on strikeouts.

Beckett frequently threw his first pitch for a strike "and that exploits a lot of other options," he said.

Boston improved to 9-1 this season in interleague play, including all seven wins during the current streak -- a club record for consecutive wins against NL teams.

Ramirez has 41 homers in interleague play, tying him with Carlos Delgado and Rafael Palmeiro for second place behind Jim Thome's 49.

The Red Sox pounced on Ryan Madson (7-5) for six runs before he left with two outs in the second.

Madson didn't think he was distracted because Brett Myers, their starter Saturday, was arrested early Friday and charged with hitting his wife in the face on a street near Fenway Park.

"No matter what happens off the field, once you get on the mound you're not thinking of anything else," Madson said. "I didn't establish what I wanted to establish early."

Ramirez lined a homer over the Green Monster in left field in the first after a double by Mark Loretta and walk to David Ortiz.

In the second, Boston loaded the bases with no outs on a walk to Lowell and singles by Crisp and Alex Gonzalez. Youkilis followed with his two-run single and Ramirez doubled, chasing Madson.

Scott Mathieson retired the next batter, Trot Nixon, to end the inning and held Boston scoreless until Ramirez led off the seventh with his homer. Mathieson left with one out in the inning with a cramp in his calf but isn't expected to miss any time.

Gabe Kapler hit a three-run homer off Ryan Franklin in the eighth, one week after Kapler was activated from the disabled list after tearing his left Achilles' tendon last Sept. 14.

Notes

  • Ramirez had the 46th multihomer game of his career and his third this season. He reached 20 homers for the 12th consecutive year and has 455 in his career, passing Thome, who had 454, for 28th place.
  • Three of Beckett's previous scheduled starts were rained out.
  • Abreu got his 1,500th hit on a single in the ninth.
  • Howard struck out on all three of his at bats, giving him 74 in 73 games.
 
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Josh Beckett chalks up eight strikeouts and allows just three hits in eight innings.  (AP)
Josh Beckett chalks up eight strikeouts and allows just three hits in eight innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Beckett
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 0
K 8
Boston

M. Ramirez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 5
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4110001 .253
Chase Utley, 2B4112011 .289
Bobby Abreu, RF4010010 .287
Pat Burrell, DH4000022 .261
Ryan Howard, 1B3000030 .290
Aaron Rowand, CF3000020 .275
David Dellucci, LF3000000 .270
David Bell, 3B3010000 .257
Sal Fasano, C2000011 .254
   a- Shane Victorino, PH0000100 .316
Totals302421105 
a-walked for Fasano in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (19, Beckett)
HR - Chase Utley (13, Beckett)
RBI - Chase Utley 2 (43)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
E - David Bell (12, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Ryan Madson (L,7-5) 1.2666231 6.40
Scott Mathieson 4.2511031 4.22
Ryan Franklin 1.2233101 4.58
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Madson 58-34, Scott Mathieson 74-52, Ryan Franklin 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Mathieson 3-9, Ryan Franklin 3-2
Batters Faced - Ryan Madson 13, Scott Mathieson 20, Ryan Franklin 8
Boston Red Sox
Kevin Youkilis, 1B5022001 .320
Mark Loretta, 2B5110014 .306
David Ortiz, DH3200213 .264
Manny Ramirez, LF4235000 .296
    Gabe Kapler, LF1113000 .625
Trot Nixon, RF5010014 .330
Jason Varitek, C4000031 .257
Mike Lowell, 3B3120101 .311
Coco Crisp, CF4110002 .279
Alex Gonzalez, SS4220002 .260
Totals381013103618 
Batting
2B - Mark Loretta (16, Madson), Manny Ramirez (9, Madson), Trot Nixon (19, Mathieson)
HR - Manny Ramirez 2 (20, Madson, Mathieson), Gabe Kapler (1, Franklin)
RBI - Kevin Youkilis 2 (35), Manny Ramirez 5 (50), Gabe Kapler 3 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Manny Ramirez (19), Gabe Kapler 3 (4)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Lowell-Loretta-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (W,9-3) 8322081 4.84
Mike Timlin 1100120 1.88
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 104-71, Mike Timlin 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 7-8, Mike Timlin 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 26, Mike Timlin 5
Game Information
Attendance - 35948
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Ron Kulpa