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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. --In one of the finest pitching performances in recent Red Sox history, Josh Beckett tossed a complete-game one-hit shutout and got all the support he needed with one swing from Kevin Youkilis as the Red Sox blanked the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0.
Youkilis blasted a three-run homer off Jeremy Hellickson in the seventh, scoring Dustin Pedroia (triple) and Adrian Gonzalez (intentional walk) ahead of him.
Beckett improved to 6-2 and dropped his ERA to 1.86 ERA. The game marked the eighth time in 14 outings in which Beckett has allowed one or no runs.
The lone hit off Beckett came on a slow roller to third base by Reid Brignac with two outs in the third. Youkilis fielded it cleanly, but Brignac beat his one-hop throw to first.
Beckett's errant pickoff attempt then enabled Brignac to take second, but he was stranded there when Beckett caught Johnny Damon looking at a called third strike for the final out.
He then retired the final 19 hitters he faced for the first Red Sox win against Tampa in four tries this season. The victory improved the Sox' record to 7-1 on their three-city, nine-game road trip.