It was a good one -- as Beckett (8-6-2-1-8, 116) bested Peavy (5-9-3-1-3, 111). The Red Sox got three in the third (RBI singles from David Ortiz and Mike Lowell and a sac fly from Manny Ramirez) and Varitek blasted a 3-0 pitch for a home run in the eighth.
The Giants beat the Yankees and the Blue Jays shutout the Rockies, so Toronto is 11 GB in second place and New York drops to third, 11.5 GB.
Josh Beckett (3.14, 143 ERA+) / Jake Peavy (1.98, 202 ERA+)
This should be a good one.
Beckett moves up a day in the rotation, though he'll still be working on four days rest. He has a 1.59 ERA on the road this season.
Beckett's ERA is 8th best in the AL. Peavy leads the NL -- and is second only to Dan Haren (1.78) in all of MLB.
Mike Lowell is 4-for-8 against Peavy with two homers and three RBIs.