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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Sox Bats Sputtering Again; eek out 5-2 win

Monday, August 11. CHICAGO, IL. Finally, it was Josh Beckett who did the outdueling.After running into hot pitcher after hot pitcher this season, Beckett found himself on the wrong end of another gem for six innings Monday.But the Red Sox finally broke through against White Sox lefty John Danks in the seventh, turning a no-hitter into a one-run lead and eventually a 5-1 victory before 32,634 at U.S. Cellular Field.Beckett (11-8, 3.92 ERA) went eight innings, allowing one run on seven hits with eight strikeouts. Four times previously, Beckett allowed two runs or less and lost, three times with the Red Sox being shut out.

Danks (9-5, 3.18) allowed just two hits over seven innings and matched a career high with nine strikeouts, pitching a perfect game for 5 2/3 innings and a no-hitter for 6 1/3.But Kevin Youkilis broke up the no-hitter with a broken-bat single, then J.D. Drew gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead, driving in a pair of runs with a double to left-center. The Red Sox iced the game with three

Red Sox picked up a half-game on idle Tampa Bay and trail by four games with 43 to play. The Red Sox increased their lead in the wild card race to two over the White Sox, who fell a half-game behind Minnesota in the AL Central. The Twins shut out the Yankees 4-0 Monday, dropping them five games behind the Red Sox.Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-4, snapping his 29-game road hitting streak, leaving him in second place in franchise history behind Tris Speaker, who hit in 32 straight in 1912. Speaker also had a 29-game streak in 1913.

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