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Beckett tames A's, second on Red Sox to win 10 games

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BOSTON -- Jason Bay is starting to break out of his slump. Josh Beckett left his behind a while ago.

Bay hit his first homer since June 23, Beckett improved to 8-1 since May 1 and the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Both are headed to next week's All-Star Game along with teammates Jonathan Papelbon, who struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 21st save in 23 opportunities, and Tim Wakefield, who pitches the series finale on Wednesday night.

"Obviously I blew it in April," said Beckett (10-3), "but I feel like I've had a good couple of months, really getting back on track."

His ERA was 7.22 at the end of April but 3.62 now. On Tuesday, he gave up two runs, six hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

"He's one of the best," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "He's fearless. Our guys look up to him. I think he enjoys that responsibility."

Beckett improved to 5-0 in his eight Fenway Park starts this year.

"I love pitching here," he said. "It's awesome to pitch in front of a full house every night."

With Wakefield also at 10-3, the Red Sox are the only team with two 10-game winners.

Bay, the top vote-getter among AL outfielders for next Tuesday's All-Star Game, had a much better start than Beckett with a .324 batting average through May 10. That fell to .259 by last Saturday, but Bay is 4 for 8 since then and hit his 20th homer to tie the game 1-1 in the second inning Tuesday.

"When guys are locked in," he said, "the ball looks like a beach ball and stuff. And then there's the exact opposite of that where it looks like an aspirin coming out of a shotgun and you're really battling up there.

"You know it's not going to last forever."

The Red Sox got nine hits off Dana Eveland (1-3) and four relievers one night after managing just two hits off rookie Brett Anderson in his 6-0 complete-game victory. That was the third loss in four games for the team with the AL's best record (50-33).

Eveland, recalled from Triple-A Sacramento when Dallas Braden went on the bereavement list Monday, was designated for assignment after the game. He allowed four runs and six hits in 2 2/3 innings.

"It wasn't that he had no command," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "It was that when he got ahead [in the count] he didn't keep it."

Scott Hairston broke Beckett's streak of 23 innings at Fenway without an earned run with a solo homer in the first, two days after being traded from San Diego, where he hit 10 homers.

"We put some good swings on him, but obviously when he's on he's on," said Hairston who made his first visit to Fenway since 1984 when he was 4 years old and his father, Jerry, played there for the Chicago White Sox.

Beckett retired 12 of the next 13 batters after the homer. But with two outs in the fifth, Ryan Sweeney doubled, Mark Ellis walked and Adam Kennedy drove in a run that cut Boston's lead to 4-2.

Beckett left in the seventh after Kurt Suzuki reached on third baseman Kevin Youkilis' error and took second on an infield single by Ellis. Hideki Okajima ended the threat by retiring Kennedy on a groundout.

The Red Sox took a 2-1 lead in the second on Bay's homer and a double-play grounder by Nick Green that scored David Ortiz, who had doubled and moved to third on the first of Jason Varitek's two singles.

"I threw a fastball right down the middle when I was trying to go in on Bay," Eveland said. "I just really missed some spots."

Varitek's second hit drove in two runs in the third. J.D. Drew led off with a double and took third when Bay reached on a forceout at second. Bay stole second, Ortiz walked and Varitek singled.

Boston scored the final run on an RBI single in the sixth by Dustin Pedroia, who returned to the lineup after missing Monday's game to be with his pregnant wife, who was hospitalized after going into labor. Pedroia said Tuesday she was OK.

Notes

  • Oakland 1B Jason Giambi went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and is 5 for 44 in his last 13 games.
  • Boston 1B Aaron Bates, who made his major league debut Monday night, went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and is 0 for 6 with four strikeouts in his two games.
 
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Josh Beckett loves pitching in Fenway Park as he remains unbeaten at home with a 5-0 record.  (AP)
Josh Beckett loves pitching in Fenway Park as he remains unbeaten at home with a 5-0 record. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Bay
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Boston

J. Beckett
IP 6.2
H 6
ER 2
BB 1
K 4
 

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Oakland Athletics
Adam Kennedy, 3B4011002 .295
Orlando Cabrera, SS4000002 .250
Scott Hairston, CF4111000 .297
Matt Holliday, LF4010010 .275
Jason Giambi, 1B4000031 .195
Kurt Suzuki, C4010010 .284
Jack Cust, DH4010022 .225
Ryan Sweeney, RF4110013 .265
Mark Ellis, 2B2010100 .231
Totals3427218  
Batting
2B - Adam Kennedy (12, Beckett), Ryan Sweeney (11, Beckett)
HR - Scott Hairston (11, Beckett)
RBI - Adam Kennedy (29), Scott Hairston (30)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Kennedy (12), Scott Hairston (16)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Giambi
Oakland Athletics
Dana Eveland (L,1-3) 2.2644321 8.00
Edgar Gonzalez 2.2211130 5.34
Russ Springer 0.2100110 5.04
Craig Breslow 1000010 4.28
Brad Ziegler 1000000 3.13
WP - Edgar Gonzalez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Dana Eveland 71-43, Edgar Gonzalez 54-32, Russ Springer 14-6, Craig Breslow 15-12, Brad Ziegler 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dana Eveland 3-2, Craig Breslow 2-0, Brad Ziegler 3-0
Batters Faced - Dana Eveland 16, Edgar Gonzalez 11, Russ Springer 4, Craig Breslow 3, Brad Ziegler 3
Boston Red Sox
J.D. Drew, RF5110022 .259
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3011110 .290
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4000014 .291
Jason Bay, LF3221101 .265
David Ortiz, DH3110102 .223
Jason Varitek, C4022002 .243
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3120111 .303
Nick Green, SS4000004 .263
Aaron Bates, 1B3000121 .000
Totals3259457  
Batting
2B - J.D. Drew (16, Eveland), Jason Bay (18, E. Gonzalez), David Ortiz (18, Eveland), Jacoby Ellsbury (13, E. Gonzalez)
HR - Jason Bay (20, Eveland)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia (37), Jason Bay (71), Jason Varitek 2 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Dustin Pedroia (14), Jason Varitek 2 (12)
SB - Jason Bay 2 (8, 2nd base off Eveland/Suzuki, 2nd base off Breslow/Suzuki), Jacoby Ellsbury (36, 3rd base off Eveland/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Pedroia-Green-Bates
E - Kevin Youkilis (2, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (W,10-3) 6.2622141 3.62
Hideki Okajima (H,16) 0.1000000 3.22
Justin Masterson (H,6) 1000010 4.06
Jonathan Papelbon (S,21) 1100030 1.70
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 107-73, Hideki Okajima 8-5, Justin Masterson 15-10, Jonathan Papelbon 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 11-5, Hideki Okajima 1-0, Justin Masterson 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 27, Hideki Okajima 1, Justin Masterson 3, Jonathan Papelbon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37676
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Greg Gibson