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David Ortiz, mired in an awful season-long slump entered Tuesday night’s game against the Yankees on a modest six-game hitting streak. He extended his streak to seven games, but more importantly he hit his third HR of the season to the deepest part of the ballpark (straightaway center field). His blast gave the Sox all they would need in a 7-0 shutout of the Yankees.
Josh Beckett was dominant yet again as he’s slowly becoming the team’s ace. Beckett tossed six shutout innings and allowed only one hit and two walks with eight strikeouts. As a team, the Yankees managed just two hits as they are now 0-6 against the Red Sox for the first time since 1912.
A.J. Burnett had never lost to the Red Sox entering Tuesday’s game, but he left with the loss after an awful start: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R (3 ER), 5 BB, 1 K. In two games against the Sox this season, Burnett has allowed 13 runs (10 earned) on 13 hits and eight walks in just 7.2 innings.
Nick Green, SS: Green excelled Tuesday night, as he was just one of two Sox hitters with two hits (Kevin Youkilis was the other). Green went 2-4 with a clutch two-run double to give the Sox a 4-0 lead in the third, and he hit a solo shot in the seventh inning. Hell, he even helped turn a double play!
Dustin Pedroia, 2B: It’s hard to point at anyone in particular in such a good team win, but Pedroia did go 0-4. He had a walk and did help turn a double play, but he also failed to get to a ball in the fourth inning that broke up Beckett’s no-hit bid.
(Quotes taken directly from the AP reporters)
Beckett noted that Alex Rodriguez was recovering from hip surgery for the first five losses, “so we’ll start counting after that.”
W: Josh Beckett (7-2)
L: A.J. Burnett (4-3)