This was as frustrating as last night's game was exciting.
Boston didn't get its first hit until infield singles by Crisp and Ortiz in the sixth inning and Varitek's single to right leading off the eighth was only the second ball the Red Sox had hit to the outfield to that point.
Only two Red Sox runners reached second base: Pedroia in the fourth (HBP and PB) and Crisp in the sixth (infield single to short and running on a grounder to third).
Crisp was thrown out at the plate on Ortiz's infield hit (which Barfield actually fielded in short right center) -- Coco slowed down on the way home and was a dead duck. In the eighth, Varitek was erased on a botched hit-and-run and Lugo was also caught stealing to end the inning.
Beckett (8-4-1-0-7, 114) was as strong as Carmona (8-4-0-2-6, 113), but Gutierrez's home run to left in the third was the difference.
Josh Beckett (3.41, 132 ERA+) / Fausto Carmona (3.52, 124 ERA+)