Beckett, Red Sox hammer Rays in shortened game
Boston’s ace got his first victory since Aug. 12, allowing one run on four hits, and
“There was a different football game on every TV that you walked by so we stayed pretty busy,” before the game began 2 hours, 5 minutes late, Beckett said. “I’ve been through these situations enough to where I know that I can’t expend a lot of energy worrying about when the game is going to start.”
It was another encouraging sign for Beckett (15-6) after a four-game stretch in which he allowed 24 earned runs and 12 homers in 24 1-3 innings. His comeback began last Monday when he gave up three runs in seven innings in a 3-1 loss to the Chicago
“Hopefully, that will bring his confidence up for his next start,” said
Beckett allowed just one single through four innings and two more in the fifth. The
Boston increased its
For his last 2 1/2 games, the timing of Beckett’s delivery improved and he avoided overthrowing the ball which had led to poorly located pitches, pitching coach John Farrell said. On Saturday, he struck out four and walked one.
“That’s what I feel like I should do every time out,” said Beckett, whose five-game winless stretch was his longest since July 29-Aug. 19, 2006. “You’ve just got to keep grinding every day and things end up working out.”
There was no rain most of the time during the first delay, but forecasts showed improving conditions. Friday night’s game was postponed by rain after just 12 minutes of play that began after a delay of 2 hours, 20 minutes. It was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday.
On Saturday, Davis retired the side in order in the first. He walked the first two batters in the second then struck out the last three. But he fell apart in the third when Gonzalez had two hits, two runs, three RBIs and a stolen base.
He didn’t blame the rain delay.
“I had to get ready and then not get ready and then get ready a couple times,” Davis said, “but it came down to I still felt good when I was out there and I didn’t execute.”
Gonzalez led off with a single, stole second and took third on
“You can’t give up that many runs in an inning and expect to beat him,”
The rain resumed in the top of the fifth, but play continued as Tampa Bay scored its only run.
With one out,
“It was a long day,” Boston manager Terry Francona said, “but it was a productive day.”
NOTES: Tampa Bay is 12-18 since Aug. 7 after going 52-34 from April 30 to Aug. 5. … Martinez extended his hitting streak to 13 games, a stretch in which he is batting .356 (16 for 45). … Youkilis went 2 for 2 with a walk and is hitting .400 in his last 13 games (18 for 45). … Tampa Bay’s