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Josh Beckett’s one-hitter gets Red Sox back into win column

Jun 15, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

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Already one of the AL’s Cy Young favorites, Josh Beckett had his best start yet in 2011 on Wednesday night, throwing a one-hitter as Boston beat Tampa Bay 3-0.

The Rays’ lone hit was a Reid Brignac single in the third.  Beckett retired the other 27 hitters he faced, striking out six of them.

It was the fifth career shutout for Beckett, who has never really flirted with a no-hitter.  The fewest hits he had ever allowed previously in a complete game was three and he had done that just once.

Beckett moved to 6-2 with a 1.88 ERA for the season.  Jered Weaver had barely overtaken him for the major league-ERA lead going into this one; both were at 2.06, but Weaver’s mark was slightly better.

A Kevin Youkilis homer off Jeremy Hellickson in the seventh inning supplied all of the scoring for the Red Sox in the game.  Hellickson, a Rookie of the Year candidate, fell to 7-5 with a 3.09 ERA.

The Red Sox defeated the Rays for the first time in four tries this season.  On Tuesday, the Rays halted Boston’s nine-game winning streak behind James Shields‘ shutout.

  1. royhobbs39 - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    That was a gem. You also gotta admire the shutout Livan pitched for the Nats against the Cards. I guess it was a good night for former Marlin World Series winners.

  2. cur68 - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    You know what did it? It was that bonk on the noggin in spring training. Just like tightening the bolt in Frankenstein’s Monster’s neck, a jolt to Becket’s head was just what was needed to flip him into Cy Young mode.

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:09 PM

      LOL, could be.

      Beckett also does better in odd years for some reason (going all the way back to 2005):

  3. raysfan1 - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Better than getting no-hit, I guess–which happened to the Rays twice last year.

    • Ari Collins - Jun 16, 2011 at 2:49 AM

      Rays shut out the Sox yesterday, Boston shut out the Rays today. Whose turn will it be to get shut out in the rubber game?

  4. shaggylocks - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    Best performance of Beckett’s career, and no one in Boston saw it. Everyone’s watching game 7 of the Stanley Cup tonight.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 15, 2011 at 11:22 PM

      I think this was his best performance…considering everything it was for…and I doubt it will ever be topped in his career.

      • Ari Collins - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:54 AM

        What people mean tonight when they say it’s his best performance is a) it’s his best regular-season performance, and/or b) it’s the least number of hits he’s ever allowed.

        Best performance of his overall career, given the quality of competition and the stage, I’d have to agree with you.

  5. Ari Collins - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    An important addendum to the article:

    The lone hit was an infield hit that was cued off the end of the bat on a ball nearly in the dirt. Game of inches.

  6. camleck - Jun 16, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    Great pitching performance.

    Pity he is an absolute bonehead.

    • pisano - Jun 16, 2011 at 2:10 PM

      And an a$$hole, I’m waiting for him to do his late in the season swan song. The guys a hillbilly.

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