For all those who may have thought that Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett may have lost some of his mojo, he let you all know on Sunday night that his mojo hasn’t gone anywhere.
In what was no doubt a statement game of sorts, Beckett completely dominated the New York Yankees with eight innings of two-hit shutout ball, striking out ten and walking, leading the Red Sox to a 4-0 win and the rubber match of the three-game series.
The Red Sox would get the only run they would need in the bottom of the third on Mike Cameron’s RBI single, and Beckett made that hold up.
The Sox later tacked on two more runs on a Mario Scutaro double in the seventh, and one more in the eighth on another double, this time by David Ortiz.
Beckett started off strong in the first, striking out both Brett Gardner and Mark Teixeira, and never let off the pedal, retiring the last 14 batters he faced and still throwing bullets in the eighth.
Jonathan Papelbon closed it out with a perfect ninth to earn his second save of the season.
Beckett, who battled back issues through a significant part of last season, was moved to fourth in the Sox rotation this season. With the emphatic statement made tonight, Beckett is not only back, but nasty as well.
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