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The Red Sox have dug themselves into a very deep hole now. Even with Josh Beckett leading the way, Boston’s bats couldn’t come through as they suffered a 4-1 loss and go down 2-0 in the ALDS.
L.A.’s Jered Weaver followed John Lackey’s dominating performance in game one with an equally impressive outing as he held Boston to one run on two hits and striking out seven batters in 7.1 innings of work. The Angels’ bullpen combined for 1.2 innings of two-hit ball and the Sox will return to Fenway in a must-win game.
Boston struck first in the fourth inning as Victor Martinez singled in Jacoby Ellsbury from third to take a 1-0 lead. The Angels answered right back in the bottom half of the fourth with a sac fly by Kendry Morales that scored Bobby Abreu to tie the game at 1-1.
Josh Beckett cruised along nicely until the seventh inning. Vladimir Guerrero walked to lead off the inning and was lifted for pinch-runner, Howie Kendrick. After a Kendry Morales fly out, Kendrick stole second base. Juan Rivera grounded out soon after, leaving Kendrick stranded at second. Maicer Izturis singled to bring in the go-ahead run and the Angels led 2-1. It only got worse as Izturis stole second, which was followed by catcher Mike Napoli getting hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Erik Aybar put the nail in the coffin with a two-run triple to give L.A. a 4-1 lead. The Angels scored all of their runs in the seventh inning with two outs.
Beckett was then pulled for reliever Billy Wagner, who struck out Chone Figgins to end the bloodshed. In total, Beckett surrendered four runs in 6.2 innings.
Boston will try to rebound from a 2-0 deficit when they head back to Fenway on Sunday afternoon as Clay Buchholz will start against Scott Kazmir.
W: Jered Weaver (1-0)
L: Josh Beckett (0-1)
S: Brian Fuentes (1)