Sixth inning does Beckett in for another loss

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Sixth inning does Beckett in for another loss

BALTIMORE Its Groundhog Day all the time for Josh Beckett.

Hes trapped in one of his worst big league seasons and, more specifically, is in one of the worst ruts of that blah season.

Beckett was good early in Bostons 7-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, but started to show signs of trouble in the fifth before totally falling apart in the sixth frame that shifted the balance of the game. A Mark Reynolds home run in the fifth had given the Os a slim 2-1 lead, and a single and walk started problems for a tiring Beckett on a muggy night in Baltimore.

Then Matt Wieters chopped a groundball up the middle that somehow eluded Beckett, Mike Aviles and Dustin Pedroia and scored another run. A Chris Davis single scored another run to make it a 4-1 ballgame and Beckett was mercifully lifted from the game.

Unfortunately Mark Melancon came on in relief and a Reynolds bomb to left field made it a 7-1 ballgame that the downtrodden Sox had zero chance of coming back from.

In the sixth inning all kinds of expletive happened, said Beckett. I felt like I was down in the zone for the most part. It would be nice to win a game, but Ive got to pitch better. I cant put these guys in a hole like that.

Rookie backstop Ryan Lavarnway caught Becketts six innings of futility, but felt he was better than the box score will indicate.

I thought he threw better than his line is going to show, said Lavarnway. He left that one ball up to Omar Quintanilla, but he got a couple of ground balls in the sixth and we couldnt get the double play for him.

Bobby Valentine felt much the same way.

I thought Josh was as good as weve seen him in a while, said Valentine. Maybe a couple of mistakes to leadoff hitters for home runs, but in the sixth we get that check swing on a curveball. He didnt get it and then a high hopper over the mound and a seeing-eye single up the middle. Then after that it was Katie, bar the door.

Beckett finished with six hits and six runs allowed in 5 13 innings pitched in defeat, and heard a shower of boos from the Boston-heavy crowd at Camden Yards as he stalked off the field.

Yes, Beckett heard every last one of them and it appears the message was received as his ERA went up to 5.19 for the season.

Youve got to pitch better, said Beckett. If you pitch better then you dont need to worry about any of that stuff.

Theyre well-deserved in another horrendous loss with Beckett now having allowed 14 hits and 14 runs along with five home runs in each of his last two games after returning from his back spasm-shortened start on Aug. 1.

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup again tonight after leaving the Red Sox game Thursday night with knee pain in the fifth inning.

Josh Rutledge will start at second base as the Sox open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.  

The weather and sloppy field conditions were a factor in John Farrell deciding to get Pedroia out of the game Thursday and conditions haven’t improved significantly Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on that knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked the plunking war between the Orioles and Red Sox.

The full lineups: 

MARINERS
Jean Segura SS
Guillermo Heredia CF
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Danny Valencia 1B
Taylor Motter LF
Ben Gamel RF
Mike Zunino C

Yovanni Gallardo RHP

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Andrew Benintendi LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Josh Rutledge 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr CF
Christian Vazquez C
Deven Marrero 3B

Eduardo Rodriguez LHP


 

Price on his return to Red Sox: ’There’s not a better feeling’

Price on his return to Red Sox: ’There’s not a better feeling’


BOSTON — Red Sox left-hander David Price is set to make his season debut in a holiday matinee Monday on the road in Chicago against the White Sox. 

Price, 31, starting the second season of a $217 million, seven-year contract, has been recovering from a strained pitching elbow since spring training.

“Excited, just to be back here,” he said Thursday. “There’s not a better feeling. You can’t replicate it anywhere else.”

Price allowed nine runs — six earned — and 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings in a pair of less-than-impressive injury rehabilitation starts at Triple-A Pawtucket. He struck out eight and walked two.

“A lot of pitches, in a short amount of time. I think that is more of a test to being healthy as opposed to going out there and throwing five or six [innings] in 90 pitches,” he said. “To do what I did in both of my rehab outings, I don’t think you can do that if you’re not healthy.”

The Red Sox (24-21) have won four in a row heading into their weekend series against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.

“He’s eager to get back to us and physically he feels great,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “His return to us will give us a definite boost but that’s not to de-emphasize he needs to go out and perform.”

Farrell hopes Price’s return has a trickle-down impact.

“It’s not based solely on the name on the back of his jersey,” Farrell said. “Hopefully it allows us to even out some of the performances within the rotation.”

© 2017 by The Associated Press.