This was Josh Beckett's first start since his 8 inning shut out vs the Yankees for the Red Sox 2nd win on the season. Beckett is 2-1 on the season. Beckett pitched 7 innings allowing only 3 hits, 1 earned run, walking 2, and striking out 9 (5 called strike outs). Beckett gave up a double to Aaron Hill in the top of the 2nd and then a RBI single to Travis Snider for the Blue Jays only run on the game. The only other Blue Jay hit Beckett gave up was in the 5th, a single from Jose Molina. Beckett pitched 3 perfect innings; the 1st, 3rd, and 7th. For once the Red Sox bull pen was able to back up the starting staff, though only 2 innings in relief were needed. Daniel Bard came in the start of the 8th gave up a lead off single to John McDonald but he was caught stealing 2nd by Jason Variteck for the 1st out, Yunel Escobar struck out swining for the 2nd out, and Corey Patterson grounded out for the 3rd out. Jonathan Papelbon came in for the 9th and the attempt of a save. Papelbon got the 1st 2 batters out, Kevin Youkilis commited a fielding error allowing Aaron Hill to occupy 1st who then took 2nd and 3rd on defensive indifference, and Travis Snider flew out for the final out. Papelbon protected the Red Sox 4-1 lead and got the save.
The Red Sox offense scored their only runs in the 1st and 2nd innings. Jed Lowrie lead off the 1st with a single, Dustin Pedroia walked, Adrian Gonzalez brought in Lowrie with a single to give the Red Sox the 1st run of the game, and then Youkilis an RBI double bringing in Pedroia. David Ortiz walked with no outs loading the bases but not shocking to Red Sox fans the Red Sox leave the bases loaded. In the 2nd inning Jacoby Ellsbury lead off with a walk and Jed Lowrie hit a 2 run home run, last run of the game (4-1 Red Sox). Every inning besides the 6th the Red Sox had a hit with in the inning. In innings 1, 4, 5, and 8 the Red Sox lead off with a single. The only extra base(s) hit for the Red Sox was from Youkilis in the 1st inning, a RBI double.
The Red Sox are 3-10 on the season, 3-4 against American League East rivals and at home, Fenway Park.