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Ramirez homers, Beckett limits Royals to four hits in BoSox win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- Not since Babe Ruth was pitching for Boston had the Red Sox won a pair of games like this.

Josh Beckett held the hapless Kansas City Royals to four hits over eight innings and Manny Ramirez homered on Wednesday, leading Boston to its second consecutive 1-0 victory.

"Has that ever happened here?" asked Royals coach Buddy Bell, well aware of Fenway Park's history of high-scoring, no-lead-is-safe slugfests.

Not for a long time.

The last time the Red Sox won back-to-back 1-0 games at Fenway was 1916, when the ballpark was only 4 years old and Boston was on its way to its second World Series title in a row. Ruth beat the New York Yankees on June 22 and Ernie Shore edged the Philadelphia Athletics on June 23, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"Ninety years, huh?" said Beckett, who agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract extension that was announced after the game. "Mark Redman pitched a great game. There's no way he deserved to lose."

A day after two Red Sox rookies combined to one-hit the Royals, Beckett (12-5) struck out seven and walked none to join Toronto's Roy Halladay as the AL's only 12-game winners. Beckett, who hit two batters with pitches, retired his first six hitters before Angel Berroa doubled to start the third and end the Royals' streak of 29 consecutive outs without a hit.

After the game, Red Sox manager Terry Francona joked that Beckett landed the extension in the fifth inning. His deal includes a club option for 2010 that could bring the total value to $40 million.

"It is something that has definitely been weighing on me this week," Beckett said. "Nice to get it over with and move on."

Jonathan Papelbon, who pitched the ninth on Tuesday night after Jon Lester threw eight innings of one-hit ball, recorded three outs for his 29th save. With a runner on second, Papelbon retired Berroa on a shallow popup to end the four-hitter.

Redman (6-5) allowed just one run and seven hits with nine strikeouts in eight innings -- yet his six-game winning streak came to an end. He threw 123 pitches for his first complete game since May 2005, but Kansas City couldn't avoid a three-game sweep.

"It was wasted," said Bell, whose team has the worst record (32-62) in baseball. "Three good pitching performances and we wasted them."

According to Elias, the last consecutive 1-0 games at Fenway came in 1961, when Cleveland beat the Red Sox on May 17 and Boston shut out Detroit a day later.

Ramirez homered on the first pitch of the fourth inning to pass Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr for sixth on the team's all-time list with 224. Counting his time in Cleveland, Ramirez has 460 career homers.

"I can't even say it was a mistake. It was a good pitch that he hit," Redman said. "You can look at it as being frustrated, but we're right in it."

Ramirez also made a backhanded, tumbling catch on Paul Phillips' sinking liner to end the fifth inning. The Royals also threatened in the eighth, when David DeJesus doubled to left with one out and was at third when Doug Mientkiewicz flied out.

Notes

  • It was the second time in Beckett's last 10 starts that he didn't give up a homer.
  • Royals CF Joey Gathright went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and has two hits in his last 19 at-bats.
  • David Ortiz bunted safely against a shift in the first inning. It was his second bunt single of the year; the other one came on April 23 at Toronto.
  • Boston LHP David Wells, on the disabled list since May 27 with a right knee bruise, threw 45 pitches in a simulated game against Wily Mo Pena and Alex Cora. "I've got to get my work in," Wells said. He's scheduled to pitch another simulated game in Seattle this weekend.
 
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Manny Ramirez, who scores the only run on a homer, gets it done in the field, too, with a diving catch.  (AP)
Manny Ramirez, who scores the only run on a homer, gets it done in the field, too, with a diving catch. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

M. Ramirez
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Boston

J. Beckett
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 0
K 7
 

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Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF4010001 .300
Esteban German, 2B2000001 .331
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B4010012 .279
Matt Stairs, DH3010101 .267
    Tony Graffanino, PR-DH0000000 .271
Emil Brown, RF4000015 .277
Mark Teahen, 3B4000030 .265
Angel Berroa, SS4010001 .245
Paul Phillips, C3000001 .222
Joey Gathright, CF3000031 .203
Totals310401813 
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (15, Beckett), Angel Berroa (16, Beckett)
SB - Tony Graffanino (3, 2nd base off Papelbon/Mirabelli)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Berroa-German, Phillips-German-Mientkiewicz, Phillips-Berroa-Mientkiewicz
Kansas City Royals
Mark Redman (L,6-5) 8711091 5.02
HBP - Crisp (by Mark Redman)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Redman 111-74
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Redman 6-6
Batters Faced - Mark Redman 29
Boston Red Sox
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4000021 .286
Mark Loretta, 2B4020020 .301
David Ortiz, DH3010001 .278
Manny Ramirez, LF3111002 .306
Mike Lowell, 3B3010010 .297
Doug Mirabelli, C3010020 .196
Coco Crisp, CF2000011 .267
Gabe Kapler, RF3000012 .342
Alex Gonzalez, SS3010000 .282
Totals28171097 
Batting
HR - Manny Ramirez (25, Redman)
RBI - Manny Ramirez (68)
CS - Mike Lowell (1, 2nd base by Redman/Phillips)
Team LOB - 4
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (W,12-5) 8400070 4.78
Jonathan Papelbon (S,29) 1000110 0.54
HBP - German (by Josh Beckett), German (by Josh Beckett)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 110-78, Jonathan Papelbon 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 5-12
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 30, Jonathan Papelbon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36098
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Dana DeMuth