21-10: Beckett stifles Jays, Toronto loses seven straight

Josh Beckett (7-0) has the best record in the Major Leagues and then some. Tonight he showed why, going seven strong innings against the listless Blue Jays en route to a 9-2 victory.

Beckett gave up an opening home run to Alex Rios on his very first offering, then gave up a double to Adam Lind, but then proceeded to put down the Blue Jays inning after inning after inning. That was pretty much all the offense Toronto could muster against Beckett. He was very efficient, mixing in all of his off-speed stuff and finishing with just 89 pitches on the night. It was so disheartening that many Toronto fans were seen leaving the stadium as early as the sixth inning.

Pedroia HR #1On offense, the Sox were really clicking tonight. We got longballs from Kevin Youkilis, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek. Even Dustin Pedroia got in on the fun, hitting a three-run home run in the top of the 2nd that put the Sox ahead for good. He enjoyed crossing the plate on that one (see right). In all, the offenseive barrage totaled 13 hits and 6 walks, knocking out Blue Jays starter Victor Zambrano after just 2 2/3 innings. Excellent job against a marginal (generous adjective here) pitcher, guys. To think, this guy was once traded for Scott Kazmir. Yikes.

The Blue Jays had to burn through a lot of their bullpen, bringing 5 relievers into this one, and this can only help us in the rest of this series.

Pedroia has been on something of a mini-tear lately. This was his third multi-hit game in a row, and with three doubles and a HR in those games, he’s flashing a bit of power for an undersized player. He’s 7-10 with a walk in that span, and has raised his batting average to a season-high .254. Told you he’d be okay once the butterflies were gone.

Devern Hansack struggled in his first major league outing since being called up from AAA Pawtucket, where he was striking people out left and right. He only got two outs, while walking three and giving up the second run of the game in relief of Josh Beckett. I wouldn’t read too much into it, he’s a fairly good pitcher and will come around soon.

Youkilis was hit by a pitch and had to leave the game late, but he thinks he’ll be okay. He was hit in that same leg not too long ago..

Congratulations to Terry Francona on his 300th victory as Red Sox manager!


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