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Beckett earns major league-high 14th win, BoSox rip Tigers

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BOSTON -- The way Josh Beckett has been going lately, he certainly didn't need all the offense the Boston Red Sox are providing the past few days.

Beckett pitched seven strong innings for his major league-high 14th win, Mike Lowell and Jason Bay homered and the Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 8-2 Wednesday night.

  Youkilis, Porcello suspended five games each

"On the days Josh is pitching, we really feel like we have a chance to win," Bay said. "You feel like on some days it might take only one run, or two."

Bay and Lowell gave Beckett all the runs he needed, giving Boston a 3-0 lead after three innings. Bay hit a two-run shot in the third after Lowell's solo homer in the second.

"When Jason gets hot, as you can see, it's not just singles," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "He starts driving the ball all over the park and, boy, what a different team we look like."

The Red Sox won their third in a row and sent AL Central-leading Detroit to its fourth loss in five games. Boston has won seven straight against the Tigers.

Beckett continually got ahead with first-pitch strikes, which bothered Detroit manager Jim Leyland.

"It makes it easy for him," Leyland said. "That's the only thing I didn't like. I know how good he is. I know it's not easy, but when you get a guy like him you know he's going to come after you."

There wasn't any carry-over from Tuesday night's bench-clearing brawl that began when Red Sox star Kevin Youkilis was hit by a pitch from Rick Porcello and charged the mound. Both players were suspended five games -- Porcello appealed the penalty, Youkilis didn't.

Beckett (14-4) gave up two runs and three hits, including homers by Carlos Guillen and Marcus Thames. The Red Sox ace struck out six and walked one, and improved to 8-0 at home this season.

"It's been nice being home and getting those timely hits," Beckett said of the first three games.

Emergency starter Zach Miner (5-3), who also took the loss in relief in Monday's series opener, gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. Scheduled starter Armando Galarraga was scratched with severe soar throat.

The Red Sox will try for a four-game sweep on Thursday afternoon when Clay Buchholz faces Tigers ace Justin Verlander.

Beckett had pitched 18 scoreless innings before Guillen's homer on the first pitch of the fifth, which was the Tigers' initial hit of the game. Beckett recorded consecutive seven-inning shutout efforts in his previous two starts.

"He was good," Thames said of Beckett. "He was mixing his pitches up and had us off-balance. We could never get anything going. It was just one of those nights, he put it on us."

Boston had scored a total of two runs in three games before returning to Fenway Park this week. The Red Sox have hit eight homers in the first three games of the series.

Lowell's homer was his third in two games after he entered Tuesday as a pinch-runner when Youkilis was ejected and hit a pair of homers.

Bay has four homers in five games, raising his season total to 24.

The Red Sox broke it open with a five-run fifth. Lowell and Casey Kotchman had RBI singles and Jason Varitek drew a bases-loaded walk. The other two runs scored on a passed ball by Alex Avila and a throwing error by third baseman Brandon Inge.

Notes

  • Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, who left Tuesday's game after getting hit on the left hand, didn't play.
  • Popular Red Sox TV announcer Jerry Remy, who took an indefinite leave of absence following complications from cancer surgery, said he is suffering from depression and that the condition has delayed his return to the booth. He was given a standing ovation when he was shown on the center field scoreboard in his first visit to the booth since his leave.
  • The Tigers held a closed-door team meeting before batting practice.
  • Detroit recalled RHP Freddy Dolsi from Triple-A Toledo. RHP Chris Lambert, who took the loss Tuesday, was optioned to Toledo. Dolsi got some work, giving up three runs -- one earned -- in 1 1/3 innings.
  • Galarraga is expected to start Sunday against Kansas City.
 
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It's a nice night for Jason Bay, who goes 3 for 3 at the plate, including a two-run home run.  (AP)
It's a nice night for Jason Bay, who goes 3 for 3 at the plate, including a two-run home run. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Beckett
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 1
K 6
Detroit

C. Guillen
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4000020 .257
Placido Polanco, 2B3000010 .277
    Ramon Santiago, 2B0000000 .246
Clete Thomas, LF-RF3000111 .257
Marcus Thames, DH4111022 .257
Carlos Guillen, 1B3121000 .241
Magglio Ordonez, RF3000011 .270
    Ryan Raburn, LF0000000 .256
Alex Avila, C3000000 .429
Brandon Inge, 3B3000010 .251
Adam Everett, SS3000020 .237
Totals29232110  
Batting
HR - Marcus Thames (13, Beckett), Carlos Guillen (3, Beckett)
RBI - Marcus Thames (28), Carlos Guillen (16)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Everett-Polanco-Guillen, Inge-Santiago-Guillen
PB - Alex Avila (1)
E - Brandon Inge (13, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Zach Miner (L,5-3) 4.2755232 4.95
Freddy Dolsi 1.1331310 1.69
Fu-Te Ni 1000010 2.37
Ryan Perry 1100100 3.69
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Miner 82-48, Freddy Dolsi 44-25, Fu-Te Ni 13-10, Ryan Perry 33-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Miner 4-6, Freddy Dolsi 3-0, Fu-Te Ni 1-1
Batters Faced - Zach Miner 22, Freddy Dolsi 10, Fu-Te Ni 3, Ryan Perry 5
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4000012 .297
    Josh Reddick, CF1000001 .208
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5110001 .298
Jason Bay, LF3232200 .261
David Ortiz, DH4110113 .220
Mike Lowell, 3B4232001 .303
    Chris Woodward, 3B0000000 .232
J.D. Drew, RF3110110 .252
Casey Kotchman, 1B4111001 .280
Jason Varitek, C2001210 .222
Nick Green, SS4010012 .236
Totals34811665  
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (33, Miner), Jason Bay 2 (23, Miner, Dolsi), Nick Green (18, Perry)
HR - Jason Bay (24, Miner), Mike Lowell (14, Miner)
RBI - Jason Bay 2 (81), Mike Lowell 2 (59), Casey Kotchman (44), Jason Varitek (45)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Bay 2 (30), Mike Lowell (32), Casey Kotchman (18), Jason Varitek (17)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Green-Pedroia-Kotchman
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (W,14-4) 7322162 3.10
Hideki Okajima 1000020 3.00
Ramon Ramirez 1000020 2.32
HBP - Santiago (by Ramon Ramirez)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 97-67, Hideki Okajima 13-10, Ramon Ramirez 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 7-7, Hideki Okajima 1-0, Ramon Ramirez 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 24, Hideki Okajima 3, Ramon Ramirez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38124
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Brian O'Nora