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Boston's Beckett takes no-hitter into seventh, tames Tigers

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DETROIT -- Josh Beckett had to warm up in an crooked bullpen before Wednesday's game against the Detroit Tigers.

It didn't seem to bother him.

Beckett didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning and David Ortiz hit a two-run double, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 10-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

"The bullpen's mound had an off-center plate," he said. "But as soon as I got out there for the first inning, I felt good."

Beckett (6-2) gave up a single to Curtis Granderson with two outs in the seventh to end the no-hit bid. He retired 18 straight after walking Placido Polanco with one out in the first until he walked Magglio Ordonez with one out in the seventh. Miguel Cabrera hit a fly to the warning track in right-center before Granderson singled to right.

"He finally gave me a pitch that wasn't on a corner -- everything had been on the black all night," Granderson said. "Everyone knows what is going on -- there are scoreboards all over the stadium, so we could all see that we didn't have any runs and didn't have any hits."

The Tigers broke up the shutout with five unearned runs in the eighth thanks to three Boston errors and a bases-loaded triple by Granderson. Beckett left with two outs to a loud ovation from the Comerica Park crowd.

Detroit loaded the bases in the ninth, but Josh Anderson lined out to end the game.

"We were hoping that Anderson would get on and Cabrera could hit one, but that's not a very good way to try to win a game," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "It's hard to say what would have happened if the game hadn't got to 10-0."

Beckett (6-2) allowed three unearned runs on two hits and two walks, striking out nine. In his last three starts, he has allowed one earned run in 22 2/3 innings -- a 0.40 ERA.

"I thought he was tremendous," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "He had great stuff, and the ball had great movement. It was fun to watch."

The only Tiger to come close to a hit in the first six innings was Gerald Laird, who led off the sixth with a bunt that just rolled foul.

Armando Galarraga (3-6) fell to 0-6 in seven starts since May 1, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on six hits and two walks in seven innings.

"He did pretty darn good -- he wasn't great, but he gave us a chance," Leyland said. "We just ran into one of the best pitchers in baseball when he had outstanding stuff."

For the second straight night, the Red Sox needed just two batters to take the lead. This time, it was a Dustin Pedroia single followed by J.D. Drew's 200th career homer.

The Red Sox doubled their lead in the fifth. With one out, Jacoby Ellsbury lined a single off Galarraga, and he scored on Nick Green's double. Pedroia then grounded out to third, and when Green tried to advance to third, Cabrera threw wildly.

Green collided with Galarraga, who was backing up the play, and was awarded home, making it 4-0.

The Red Sox scored six runs in the eighth, including Ortiz's bases-loaded double.

"That inning shows how important every pitcher on your staff is," Leyland said. "We let the game get away from us in that inning, and it ended up being important at the end."

The Red Sox got a scare when Kevin Youkilis had to leave the game after a freak injury in the eighth inning. Youkilis was stretching for a throw at first when Anderson kicked his right ankle, but Francona said after the game that it appeared to only be a bruise.

Notes

  • Beckett hit Laird in his first at-bat after the bunt attempt.
  • Ellsbury picked up a hit from Tuesday's game after a scoring change was announced before Wednesday's first pitch. The second-inning play had originally been ruled an error on Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello.
  • Leyland said before the game that he was considering no longer using the usual extreme shift that several teams employ against Ortiz. He chose to use a modified version of it, playing SS Adam Everett just to the left-field side of second base instead of past the bag.
  • Mike Lowell was ejected after the top of the ninth.
 
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Josh Beckett has allowed one earned run in his past 22 2/3 innings for a 0.40 ERA.  (US Presswire)
Josh Beckett has allowed one earned run in his past 22 2/3 innings for a 0.40 ERA. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Beckett
IP 7.2
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 9
Detroit

C. Granderson
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5220001 .327
J.D. Drew, RF3212100 .255
    Mark Kotsay, RF-1B1000000 .000
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3121100 .365
    Rocco Baldelli, RF1010000 .261
Jason Bay, LF4110101 .285
Mike Lowell, 3B5010015 .298
    Julio Lugo, SS0000000 .276
David Ortiz, DH4112002 .187
Jason Varitek, C4112010 .248
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4120000 .312
Nick Green, SS-3B4112010 .288
Totals381013933  
Batting
2B - Kevin Youkilis (14, Miner), David Ortiz (14, Robertson), Jason Varitek (11, Robertson), Nick Green (11, Galarraga)
HR - J.D. Drew (8, Galarraga)
RBI - J.D. Drew 2 (26), Kevin Youkilis (33), David Ortiz 2 (20), Jason Varitek 2 (24), Nick Green 2 (17)
SB - Dustin Pedroia (9, 2nd base off Miner/Laird), Kevin Youkilis (2, 2nd base off Galarraga/Laird)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Nick Green (9, Misplayed grounder), Mike Lowell (6, Misplayed grounder), Dustin Pedroia (4, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (W,6-2) 7.2230290 4.09
Daniel Bard 0.1120000 1.04
Takashi Saito 1000210 2.84
HBP - Laird (by Josh Beckett), Polanco (by Takashi Saito)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 119-80, Daniel Bard 16-10, Takashi Saito 32-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 7-8, Daniel Bard 3-0
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 29, Daniel Bard 4, Takashi Saito 6
Detroit Tigers
Clete Thomas, LF5100022 .258
Placido Polanco, 2B3000112 .251
Magglio Ordonez, RF2000100 .276
   a- Josh Anderson, PH-RF2100003 .260
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4100012 .351
Curtis Granderson, CF4023010 .272
Jeff Larish, DH4000023 .231
Brandon Inge, 3B3010020 .270
    Ramon Santiago, PR-3B0100100 .296
Gerald Laird, C2100110 .226
Adam Everett, SS4000004 .274
Totals33533410  
a-grounded out for Ordonez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brandon Inge (7, Beckett)
3B - Curtis Granderson (2, Bard)
RBI - Curtis Granderson 3 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson 3 (13)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Inge-Cabrera, Polanco
E - Armando Galarraga (1, Interference)
Detroit Tigers
Armando Galarraga (L,3-6) 7643221 5.31
Zach Miner 0.1344110 5.70
Nate Robertson 0.2322000 5.17
Bobby Seay 1100000 5.17
Pitches-Strikes - Armando Galarraga 98-64, Zach Miner 24-14, Nate Robertson 22-13, Bobby Seay 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 10-7, Nate Robertson 2-0, Bobby Seay 1-2
Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 27, Zach Miner 5, Nate Robertson 5, Bobby Seay 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29240
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Tim Tschida