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Josh Beckett took the mound in the fourth inning with a 4-1 lead, and had really stifled the Phillies to that point. Then, he unraveled in the inning, and forked over the lead as a three-run lead became a one-run deficit. An angry Beckett violently threw his glove into the dugout, and grabbed his bat for the next half inning. He was due up.
Perhaps using his anger to his benefit, Beckett smacked his second HR in a Sox uniform to left-center field, tying the game and taking himself off the hook…for the moment. The Sox ace just didn’t have his best stuff Sunday afternoon, and after a scoreless sixth inning, he allowed two more runs and received no help from the bullpen in a 11-6 loss.
All was not lost Sunday. Through their four consecutive series against first place clubs (Tigers, Rangers, Yankees, Phillies), the Red Sox went a remarkable 9-3, so they definitely have something to hang their hat on.
Nick Green, 2B: Getting the start at second base, Green made the most of it. He followed a Rocco Baldelli HR in the second inning with a HR of his own as part of a 3-5 day.
Daniel Bard, RP: Bard had his first career rough outing in relief of Beckett, allowing four runs on two hits and three walks in just .2 of an inning. A 6-5 deficit turned into an 11-5 deficit with Bard in the game. Not good.
“When you give the opportunities to a lineup like that, you can get hurt,” Terry Francona said of the seventh inning. “That was a rough inning.”
W: Chan Ho Park (3-1)
L: Josh Beckett (7-3)