Sunday, July 15, 2012

Red Sox Bats Come Alive; Throttle Rays, 7-3

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Josh Beckett started the game about as badly as you could imagine—yielding three runs in the first after his team gave him a 1-0 lead. After that, he was vintage 2007 Beckett—going six full innings and giving up no more runs. In the meantime, Red Sox lumber punished James Shields with 6 runs and 11 hits—taking the rubber game from Tampa, 7-3. Five Red Sox hitters collected more than one knock (Jacoby, Papi, Gonzo, Aviles and Middlebrooks), with the rookie third-baseman nailing a clutch two-run single in the fifth as one of his three hits. Both Mike Aviles and Daniel Nava homered. The win put Boston back over .500 again in this see-saw season (45-44), keeping them in a last-place tie with the Blue Jays.