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Beckett wins 9th game, J.D. Drew drives in seven in blowout

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PHOENIX -- It's no coincidence that J.D. Drew hammers the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He wants to maintain bragging rights over his younger brother, Stephen, who plays shortstop for Arizona.

Extending his dominance of the Diamondbacks, Drew hit a pair of three-run homers and drove in a career-high seven runs as the Boston Red Sox routed Arizona 10-3 Friday night in the Red Sox' first regular-season visit to Chase Field.

Drew picked up where he left off last season, when he battered the Diamondbacks as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He batted .412 (28-for-68) with seven homers and 30 RBI in 18 games against Arizona.

"I think there's always going to be that sibling rivalry going on," Drew said. "He does well, I want to do better. That's maybe a little bit to do with it. But you've still got to get pitches and you've still got to put good swings on them, and it's worked out well."

Drew's eruption provided plenty of support for Josh Beckett, who improved to 9-0. Beckett matched his season high by going eight innings, allowing two earned runs and five hits without a walk. He struck out eight, also matching a season high.

Unlike Drew, Beckett had struggled against the Diamondbacks. He went 0-3 with a 6.97 ERA in four starts against Arizona while with the Florida Marlins.

Beckett has tied the fifth-best start in franchise history, matching Sonny Siebert, who won his first nine decisions in 1971. The best start is Roger Clemens' 14-0 in 1986.

"I'm on a great team," Beckett said. "I can't take all the credit for being 9-0. These guys have done an unbelievable job behind me."

On Friday night, Drew did the most.

It took Drew six innings to double the number of home runs he hit in his first 50 games since signing a $70-million, five-year contract with the Red Sox last winter.

With two on and two out in the third, Drew hit Doug Davis' (4-7) first pitch 416 feet into the left center field seats to give the Red Sox a 4-0 lead.

Drew hit another three-run shot in the sixth -- this one to the right field seats against reliever Edgar Gonzalez.

"He's a great hitter, and it was a big night for him," Beckett said. "The other guys pitched in too. You can't hit three-run homers if nobody's on base."

Drew also doubled home a run in the eighth off Gonzalez.

"It was fun to watch him swing the bat like that," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "The team got directly rewarded. He was a lot of our offense tonight, and we need that long term."

Red Sox Nation turned out for Boston's first regular-season appearance in the desert. And their team gave them plenty to cheer about from the start.

Julio Lugo led off the first by driving a 3-2 pitch from Davis 408 feet into the left field bleachers, drawing a roar from the throngs of Red Sox fans who invaded Chase Field. It was Lugo's second leadoff homer of the season and the ninth of his career.

Davis allowed five runs on six hits in four innings, his shortest start as a Diamondback. He walked five, matching a season high, and struck out two.

"Doug didn't have his best stuff, his best command early," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "With Beckett on the mound, you give him a lead like that, it's not a real good recipe."

Before the game, Melvin denied that the series with the Red Sox was a measuring stick for his young club. But the Diamondbacks didn't look like they belonged on the same field Friday night.

"We didn't come out to play today, and we have to come out and play better against a team like that," first baseman Conor Jackson said. "We need to come out tomorrow and show we can play with a team like that."

Notes

  • With their visit to Chase Field, the Red Sox have played in all but three current major league parks -- Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park, Houston's Minute Maid Park and San Diego's Petco Park.
  • Arizona 3B Alberto Callaspo fell victim to a hidden-ball trick in the third. After beating a throw to second base, Callaspo stood to dust himself off, pulling his left hand off the bag. Lugo, standing behind him with the ball in his glove, made the tag. "Lugo just kind of slipped behind him," Beckett said. "I was actually back there trying to get him to throw me the ball. I'm glad he didn't throw me the ball." The last time the Red Sox pulled the trick was May 13, 1991, when Steve Lyons caught the White Sox's Ozzie Guillen at second base.
  • Eric Byrnes' RBI single in the third extended his hitting streak to 15 games.
 
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J.D. Drew erupts for two three-run bombs against the D-Backs to pave the way for Josh Beckett's win.  (AP)
J.D. Drew erupts for two three-run bombs against the D-Backs to pave the way for Josh Beckett's win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Drew
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 7
Boston

J. Beckett
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 0
K 8
 

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Boston Red Sox
Julio Lugo, SS4211100 .217
    Alex Cora, SS0000000 .293
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4210111 .318
David Ortiz, 1B3120101 .337
    Kevin Youkilis, 1B1000000 .339
Manny Ramirez, LF3221011 .293
    Eric Hinske, LF1110000 .169
J.D. Drew, RF5237013 .235
Mike Lowell, 3B3000211 .313
Jason Varitek, C5010030 .270
    Joel Pineiro, P0000000 .000
Coco Crisp, CF5010003 .225
Josh Beckett, P4000012 .000
   a- Doug Mirabelli, PH-C1000000 .204
Totals391012958  
a-flied out for Beckett in the 9th
Batting
2B - David Ortiz (24, E. Gonzalez), J.D. Drew (7, E. Gonzalez)
HR - Julio Lugo (4, Davis), J.D. Drew 2 (4, Davis, E. Gonzalez)
RBI - Julio Lugo (34), Manny Ramirez (33), J.D. Drew 7 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Manny Ramirez (15), J.D. Drew 4 (11)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Jason Varitek (4, Missed catch of throw)
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (W,9-0) 8532081 2.88
Joel Pineiro 1000000 4.81
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 93-64, Joel Pineiro 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 11-5, Joel Pineiro 2-1
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 29, Joel Pineiro 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Eric Byrnes, RF3011010 .320
    Robby Hammock, RF1000000 .243
Chris Young, CF4000011 .259
Orlando Hudson, 2B3110010 .291
    Mark Reynolds, 3B1000000 .329
Conor Jackson, 1B4000001 .276
Stephen Drew, SS4000010 .233
Scott Hairston, LF3000011 .236
Alberto Callaspo, 3B-2B3010011 .208
Chris Snyder, C3110021 .221
Doug Davis, P0000000 .000
    Edgar Gonzalez, P1000000 .250
   a- Miguel Montero, PH1111000 .212
    Jailen Peguero, P0000000 .000
Totals3135208  
a-homered for E. Gonzalez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Orlando Hudson (14, Beckett)
HR - Miguel Montero (4, Beckett)
SH - Doug Davis (6)
RBI - Eric Byrnes (33), Miguel Montero (14)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Byrnes (9)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
E - Eric Byrnes (3, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Doug Davis (L,4-7) 4655522 3.48
Edgar Gonzalez 4655051 5.06
Jailen Peguero 1000010 0.00
HBP - Ramirez (by Edgar Gonzalez)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 90-46, Edgar Gonzalez 72-48, Jailen Peguero 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 4-6, Edgar Gonzalez 3-4, Jailen Peguero 1-1
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 23, Edgar Gonzalez 19, Jailen Peguero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40435
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Chad Fairchild