Beckett again spectacular in win over Phils, 5-1


Beckett again spectacular in win over Phils, 5-1

PHILADELPHIA -- In his second start on his Redeption Tour, Josh Beckett was once again spectacular.

Beckett allowed just one run on seven hits in 7 23 innings, pitching the Red Sox to a 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies and a win of their weekend interleague series.

The Red Sox have won three of their last four and are 8-2 in their last 10 games.

Beckett has allowed just one in his last two starts, covering 14 23 innings since he was clubbed for seven runs in just 2 13 innings against Cleveland. That start came after Beckett became embroiled in a public relations fiasco in which he went golfing two days before being skipped in the rotation because of a lat pull.

Of the seven hits that Beckett allowed, four didn't leave the infield. He shutout the Phils through he first seven innings -- extending his scoreless streak to 14 consecutive innings -- before losing his shutout bid on a double, single and sacrifice fly in the eighth.

He was given an early lead in the first when Mike Aviles smashed his second leadoff homer in as many games and third homer overall in the series. Aviles drove in the second run with an RBI single in the second.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia's three-run homer in the third was the big blow, stretching the Boston lead to 5-0. All five runs came off Cliff Lee, who entered the game with a 1.95 ERA.

Vicente Padilla got the final out in the eighth and Alfredo Aceves pitched the ninth in a non-save situation.

STAR OF THE GAME: Josh Beckett
Beckett turned in his second straight strong start, allowing just a run over 7 23 innings. When the Phillies scratched out a run in the eighth, it snapped a 14 inning scoreless streak. Of the seven hits allowed, four didn't leave the infield.

Aviles led off the game with a homer for the second straight day, then added a run-scoring single. Aviles homered in each game of the series and is hitting .400 over his last six games.
Lee entered the game with a 1.75 ERA, but was rocked for five runs in the first three innings. He gave up nine hits in seven innings, but that doesn't count another handful of outs that were hard-hit line drives at his fielders.
The Sox were leading 2-0 when Jarrod Saltalamacchia smoked a ball over anything to dead center, one of the hardest-hit homers by anyone this season. With two baserunners on, that made it 5-0.

Aviles became the first Red Sox hitter to lead off two straight games with homers since Harry Hooper did in 1913.

"Was that the longest single in the history of baseball?'' Bobby Valentine, on Josh Beckett's 400-foot single off the center field wall in the seventh inning.

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.

The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.

As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.

Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard. 

PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.

On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.

Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.