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New York at Boston

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Beckett and Co. blank Yanks; Boston starts season 6-0 vs. N.Y.

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BOSTON -- The last time the Red Sox beat New York six straight times to start the season, the Yankees were known as the Highlanders and it was the bandbox in Boston that was brand new.

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Josh Beckett allowed only an infield hit in six innings, and David Ortiz hit his third homer of the year as Red Sox beat the Yankees 7-0 on Tuesday night and improved to 6-0 against New York for the first time since 1912.

"They've taken it to us so far this year," said Yankees -- and former Red Sox -- outfielder Johnny Damon. "But we have 13 more, and hopefully we'll beat them sometime soon."

The Red Sox beat the New York Highlanders in 14 straight to start the 1912 season, including the first-ever game in Fenway Park. Fenway is now the oldest ballpark in the major leagues; the original Yankee Stadium, which was replaced this season by a $1.5 billion replica, hadn't even been built yet.

"You don't want to be 0-6 against your rival," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "But we are still tied for first place."

Beckett (7-2) noted that Alex Rodriguez was recovering from hip surgery for the first five losses, "so we'll start counting after that."

Beckett struck out eight and walked two before leaving with a 6-0 lead after six innings, having thrown 93 pitches in a steady drizzle. The only hit he allowed was Robinson Cano's fourth-inning grounder to the left of second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who slid to come up with the ball but couldn't make the throw that had little chance of getting the batter anyway.

It was ruled a base hit by official scorer Mike Shalin.

"I got to it and I slid about eight feet," said Pedroia, who noted that the play was where the groundskeepers dumped out the infield tarp that covered the field before the game started. "That didn't really help me out."

Beckett struck out Jorge Posada to end the inning, then retired the last six batters he faced, fanning three of them, for his third consecutive victory. In all, only three batters hit the ball out of the infield against him.

Brett Gardner had the Yankees' only other hit, off Manny Delcarmen in the eighth.

"Kind of hard to win with only two hits," Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said. "Beckett pitched great. It's always tough, every time we face him. He was hitting his spots and we didn't get too many good swings."

A.J. Burnett (4-3) allowed three earned runs on five walks and five hits before leaving with two outs in the third and taking out his frustrations on a dugout watercooler. He gave up Ortiz's two-run shot to straightaway center field in Boston's four-run second, when Rodriguez double-clutched on a grounder for an error that gave Boston an extra out.

Burnett walked Mike Lowell to start the inning, then Ortiz hit a 2-2 pitch over the high center field wall about 400 feet from home plate. Responding to the fans' "Papi!" chants, he came out for a curtain call.

It was the second homer in three games for the struggling slugger, who hit 54 in 2006 but has been moved from third to sixth in the Red Sox order as he tries to pull his batting average above .200.

On Monday, he went to the eye doctor. His vision was pronounced fine, but he was given eye drops to deal with dryness.

"There's no getting around how important he is to us," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "When he does something like that, I think we fell better about ourselves."

Nick Green homered and added an RBI double for Boston.

Notes

  • Burnett was suspended for six games for throwing inside to Texas' Nelson Cruz, but the Yankees right-hander remains in the rotation during his appeal.
  • Boston CF Jacoby Ellsbury got the night off with a sore right shoulder. Tests showed it was just a bruise.
  • Yankees RHP Brian Bruney (15-day DL with a strained right elbow) threw a bullpen side and feels strong enough to return to the active roster.
 
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The Red Sox get a big boost from Josh Beckett and David Ortiz, who hits his second homer in three games.  (AP)
The Red Sox get a big boost from Josh Beckett and David Ortiz, who hits his second homer in three games. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

N. Green
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Boston

J. Beckett
IP 6.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 2
K 8
 
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS3000100 .302
Johnny Damon, DH4000011 .294
Mark Teixeira, 1B2000210 .284
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4000012 .238
Robinson Cano, 2B4010010 .300
Jorge Posada, C2000122 .292
Nick Swisher, LF3000011 .253
Melky Cabrera, RF3000020 .292
Brett Gardner, CF3010000 .267
Totals2802049  
Fielding
PB - Jorge Posada (2)
E - Alex Rodriguez (4, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
A.J. Burnett (L,4-3) 2.2553511 4.89
Brett Tomko 2.1211210 2.53
Jose Veras 2111001 6.46
David Robertson 1100020 1.86
HBP - Bay (by Jose Veras)
WP - Brett Tomko (1)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 84-40, Brett Tomko 47-24, Jose Veras 29-13, David Robertson 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 4-3, Brett Tomko 1-5, Jose Veras 4-2, David Robertson 1-0
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 18, Brett Tomko 11, Jose Veras 8, David Robertson 4
Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4000102 .312
J.D. Drew, RF5012021 .259
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4120110 .353
Jason Bay, LF3010103 .278
Mike Lowell, 3B3111201 .296
David Ortiz, DH4112004 .198
Jason Varitek, C3100112 .242
Mark Kotsay, CF3110100 .300
Nick Green, SS4222000 .279
Totals3379774  
Batting
2B - J.D. Drew (12, Burnett), Nick Green (12, Burnett)
3B - Jason Bay (2, Robertson)
HR - David Ortiz (3, Burnett), Nick Green (2, Veras)
RBI - J.D. Drew 2 (29), Mike Lowell (38), David Ortiz 2 (24), Nick Green 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - J.D. Drew 2 (12), Nick Green 2 (10)
SB - Kevin Youkilis (3, 2nd base off Tomko/Posada)
CS - Mike Lowell (1, 2nd base by Burnett/Posada)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Pedroia-Green-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (W,7-2) 6100280 3.77
Manny Delcarmen 1.1100200 1.07
Ramon Ramirez 0.2000000 1.27
Daniel Bard 1000010 0.82
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 93-59, Manny Delcarmen 27-12, Ramon Ramirez 4-3, Daniel Bard 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 6-4, Manny Delcarmen 3-1, Ramon Ramirez 1-0, Daniel Bard 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 21, Manny Delcarmen 7, Ramon Ramirez 1, Daniel Bard 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37883
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 53
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor