Josh Beckett took the mound against his former club for the first time and ended up coming away with a loss. Beckett had a shaky first two innings and then settled down nicely. However, the damage was already done against a pitcher as good as Josh Johnson.
Beckett ended up allowed 3 runs to score in the 1st inning. Beckett gave up a leadoff triple to Reyes to begin the game and was scored on a Solano sac fly. Sox 0-1. Beckett gave up 2 more runs on a Morrison double and a Sanchez single. Beckett didn’t look good and almost all the hits went to RF and showed how Gonzo has a good arm for first base, but not necessarily for right field. Sox 0-3. Beckett allowed one more run to score in the 2nd with a Solano single to score Buck. Sox 0-4. After the 2nd, Beckett came out and looked like a different pitcher. Beckett retired the next 13 batters in order before he walked John Buck in the 7th. Beckett pitched 7 strong innings, but was unable to get out from behind the poor first 2 innings. Beckett’s line for the night was 97 pitches, 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 Ks. Beckett was followed by Mark Melancon with his first outing since being recalled from AAA. Melancon pitched himself a nice 1-2-3 inning.
The Red Sox offense was again was missing in action. The only guy who had a good night at the plate was Scott Podsednik who went 3 for 4. The Sox only got one run on the night which was a Gonzo sac fly in the 6th to score Scott Podsednik. Salty, Papi and Youk all went 0 for 4. It’s hard to even have a chance to win when all three of those guys give you nothing.
The Sox have now lost 4 games straight and are 6.5 games back in the AL East. If the Sox have a run in them, they had better get to it and fast.
Red Sox 1 Marlins 4 BOXSCORE
WP: Johnson (4-4) LP: Beckett (4-7) SV: Bell (13)