48-26: Beckett bests Peavy for win number 11

This was one of the most highly anticipated matchups of the season, Josh Beckett versus Jake Peavy. Both young righties have been pretty much dominating their leagues, and they didn’t disappoint today, as the Sox walked away with a 4-2 win.

Beckett (11-1) gave up just two runs in eight innings, allowing just six hits and a walk, while fanning eight. He was in control all day, throwing 78 of 116 pitches for strikes. He had his velocity working, he was commanding all his pitches, and got key guys out. Peavy (9-2) did much of the same, but struggled in a three-run third that saw Boston single him to death. The lineup did a great job of working the count and making Peavy throw a lot of pitches today. That was all the breathing room the Sox needed.

Jonathan Papelbon pitched another perfect ninth to earn his 18th save of the year.

Alex Cora, J.D. Drew and Jason Varitek had two-hit games for the Sox, with Varitek providing an insurance run with a solo homer in the 8th off of Scott Linebrink. Drew is now hitting .291/.344/.582 for June, and should be fine going forward, as long as he’s healthy. He looks ready to catch fire again any day now.

This game wraps up Boston’s interleague play for the year (although we might have one makeup game with Atlanta?), and it’s been pretty good to us again. We went 11-6 against the NL this season, throwing three shutouts. That’s pretty good, I’d say. I like our odds if we can beat out the Angels, Tigers and Indians/Yankees in the playoffs.


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