Yankees - 000 000 000 - 0 2 0 Red Sox - 001 000 21x - 4 12 0Beckett allowed only two hits over eight innings, and established a career-high against the Yankees with 10 strikeouts (8-2-0-1-10, 103). Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth. Beckett and Bot combined to retire the last 17 Yankees batters of the game.
It was Beckett's first double-digit strikeout game since July 27, 2009.
Marco Scutaro, batting at the bottom of the order, reached base four times; his two-run double off Joba Chamberlain in the seventh gave the Red Sox a 3-0 cushion.
Boston had at least two runners on base in seven of its eight innings. The Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the third. They had a run wiped off the board when Kevin Youkilis slid out of the baseline trying to break up a double play at second base. Mike Cameron immediately singled to score the run "again".
Facing Joba in the seventh, David Ortiz walked. One out later, J.D. Drew walked, Jason Varitek singled, and Scutaro doubled. Freddie Garcia walked Youkilis to open the eighth and gave up an RBI double to Ortiz that sailed into the triangle on the fly.
Dustin Pedroia singled three times and was walked intentionally. He had three hits in each of the three games against the Yankees. His 9-for-13 showing raised his average from .227 to .400. His OPS rocketed from .488 to 1.019!
In addition to his double, Scuatro singled and walked twice. Adrian Gonzalez (who was hit on the left hand by a Sabathia (5.2-9-1-4-4, 118) pitch in the fifth), Youkilis, Ortiz were each on base three times.
All of the other AL East teams lost today, so the Jays and Yankees are 1 GB the Orioles, with the Red Sox 4 GB. The Rays, who come to Fenway tomorrow, are 5 GB.
CC Sabathia / Josh Beckett