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Josh Beckett has regained his dominant 2007 form, and he can thank the Atlanta Braves. While he has been very strong lately, Beckett came off a rocky performance against the Phillies (6 IP, 6 ER) on June 14. In his next start at Fenway Park against the Braves, Beckett tossed his first complete game shutout as a member of the Red Sox. Then came Friday night’s start against the Braves again, and Beckett spun another gem despite being sick: seven innings, zero earned runs on just six hits to earn the victory in the 4-1 win.
Playing first base in the National League stadium, David Ortiz proved he should remain in the lineup despite his defensive deficiencies at first. Ortiz launched his eighth homer of the season in the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie. Big Papi has now hit seven of his HRs in June after a rough April (.230, o HR) and horrible May (.143, 1 HR).
Dustin Pedroia, 2B: Pedroia finished 2-4 with a double, and RBI, and two runs scored batting out of the leadoff spot. Pedroia has been catching fire of late, but in the month of June he’s only hit .220.
Jason Bay, LF: Bay had a very uneventful afternoon, going 0-4 with two men left on base. He has four homers and 20 RBI in June, but is hitting just .256 for the month.
“It wasn’t an ideal situation for me,” Beckett said of his illness. “But I made the pitches when I needed to and we played good defense.”
W: Josh Beckett (9-3)
L: Jair Jurrjens (5-6)