First inning does Beckett, Sox in against Marlins


First inning does Beckett, Sox in against Marlins

MIAMI -- Facing his former team for the first time since coming to the Red Sox, Josh Beckett didn't allow a hit in his final five innings of work.

But Beckett was rocked for three runs in the first and another in the second and, in a familiar theme for this season, his teammates offered him little in the way of run support, sending the Red Sox to their fourth straight loss and seventh in their last eight tries, a 4-1 setback to the Florida Marlins.

The Sox collected just five hits -- three of them singles from leadoff hitter Scott Podsednik -- and dropped to three games under .500 for the first time since May 14.

Boston's offense continues to sputter. Only three times in the last eight games have the Red Sox scored more than four runs per game.

Beckett, who pitched the Marlins to a World Series title in 2003, allowed hits to four of the first six batters he faced. A sacrifice fly by Donovan Solano scored Jose Reyes (triple) for the first run. Logan Morrison (double) and Gaby Sanchez (single) produced two more.

A single by John Buck, a sacrifice and a RBI-single by Solano accounted for another run in the second.

The only run off Florida starter Josh Johnson came in the sixth when Podsednik singled with one out, took third on Dustin Pedroia's line double to left and scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez.

Beckett, 4-7, retired 19 of the final 20 hitters he faced. But by the third, the damage had been done.

Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.