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After obliterating the Angels, the Red Sox faced their biggest rivals Friday night and suffered one of their worst losses of the season. Josh Beckett had complete command of his fastball and off-speed pitches through the first 3.2 innings, striking out seven batters. After giving up a three-run homer to Nick Swisher, Beckett lost control of his whole arsenal of pitches and the game.
Beckett completely fell apart in the sixth inning. He loaded up the bases and could not find a way to get out of the mess even with the weakest park of the Yankees lineup at the plate. He proceeded to then walk catcher Fransisco Cervelli, give up a hit to Randy Winn, plunk Derek Jeter in the back, surrender an infield hit to Marcus Thames, and allow the ice-cold Mark Teixeira to line an RBI single to right.
Finally, Francona pulled the plug and brought in Hideki Okajima, who got out of the inning after an Alex Rodriguez sac fly. The damage was done, however, and the Yankees beat the Sox 10-3.
Drew was 2-3 and scored 2 of the Sox’ only 3 runs. His batting average has skyrocketed from .133 on April 21 to .264 after Friday night. In his last eight games, he is 14-30.
In just 5.1 innings, Beckett’s line was 9 hits, 9 runs, 3 BBs and 8 Ks. He’s now 1-1 on the season with a 7.46 ERA. This is pretty routine for him, however, as he was 2-2 with a 7.22 ERA last April. It seemed like not only was he finally getting his act together, but without a doubt, the No. 21 was ringing through the heads of Sox fans after three innings.
W: Phil Hughes (4-0)
L: Josh Beckett (1-1)