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Josh Beckett made his first start of the season and pitched decent until running into trouble in the fifth. Beckett had allowed just three hits but walked four when he was taken out with the bases loaded and two out in the fifth. Manny Delcarmen came in and on the first pitch, the “Big Hurt” Frank Thomas blasted a monsterous Grand Slam homer to blow the game wide open. It was Thomas’ second homer of the year and he now has 8 RBIs.
The Sox pulled it within 7-4 and had the tying run at the plate in the ninth in Jacoby Ellsbury and Julio Lugo, but a strikeout and pop out respectively ended the game and sent the Sox to a third straight loss north of the border.
The bright side for the Sox is that eight of the nine starters had a hit and they now finally get to return to Boston for their home opener at Fenway Park on Tuesday when they face the Detroit Tigers.
My Take: Beckett looked decent for his first start of the year, until the fifth of course. His fastball was lively and hitters had a tough time making contact as the ace did strike out six in just 4.2 innings. The wildness displayed should settle down as he gets more innings. The Jays offense sure looks potent with the Vernon Wells, Alex Rios and Frank Thomas trio accounting for 12 RBIs in the series.