Last Sunday, Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett sent a statement to all those doubting his ability to bounce back from a miserable 2010 season, with eight shutout innings against the New York Yankees. On Saturday afternoon, Beckett once again showed his detractors how wrong they are.
Beckett allowed just one run on three hits, striking out nine and walking two, leading the Red Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Beckett once again delivered a powerful performance, as Toronto only seriously put a challenge together in the top of the second, when Aaron Hill doubled and was sent home on a Travis Snider single. However, Beckett caught both Jayson Nix and Jose Molina looking at called third strikes to end the threat.
The Sox, featuring a new look lineup with Jed Lowrie leading off and Carl Crawford given a day off, got all the runs that Beckett would need in the bottom of the first. Lowrie singled to open the inning, followed by a Dustin Pedroia walk. Adrian Gonzalez then singled to right center, scoring Lowrie, and Kevin Youkilis followed with a double, scoring Pedroia.
Lowrie would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the second with his first home run of the season, a shot into the monster seats.
The back end bullpen combo of Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon backed up Beckett perfectly, with Papelbon notching his second save of the season.
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