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Jason Varitek's two-run homer in the seventh gave Beckett (6.2-5-1-3-6, 111) a cushion and helped the Red Sox move into second place in the AL East.
Beckett had only one 1-2-3 inning, but except for the run that scored in the second, he allowed only two Cleveland runners to advance past first base.
In the Boston third, Carl Crawford was hit by a pitch and stole second. After Drew Sutton moved Crawford to third with a ground out, Jacoby Ellsbury walked and stole second. Jed Lowrie's sacrifice fly scored Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez's double scored Ellsbury.
David Ortiz doubled twice and was on base when Varitek hit his first dong since May 30, 2010.
The Yankees scored twice in both the eighth and ninth innings to beat the Blue Jays 5-4 and the Tigers beat the Rays 7-6, so the Red Sox (26-22) moved into second place, 0.5 GB New York (26-21), with Tampa Bay (26-23) 1 GB and Toronto 2.5 GB.
Josh Beckett / Fausto Carmona
Beckett, in four May starts: 0.39 ERA, 23.1 innings, 16 hits, 5 walks, 20 strikeouts, opponents (Angels, Twins, Yankees, Tigers) hitting .195/.267/.195. He left his last start with a sore neck.
Beckett lost to Cleveland in his first start of the season (April 5, 5-5-3-4-4, 106). Carmona threw seven shutout innings, allowing only two hits and two walks, against Boston on April 7.
Adrian Gonzalez is the fourth Red Sox player since 1920 to have 65+ hits and 40+ RBIs through the team's first 46 games of the season.
YEAR HITS RBI AVG OBP SLG OPS Ted Williams 1948 65 48 .387 .528 .696 1.224 Jim Rice 1978 67 50 .347 .396 .705 1.101 Manny Ramirez 2001 71 56 401 .483 .740 1.223 Adrian Gonzalez 2011 65 41 .342 .391 .574 .965Gonzalez got a big boost by going 10-for-15 series against the Cubs. (He and Manny did it in their first seasons in Boston.)
AL East: Blue Jays/Yankees and Rays/Tigers at 7 PM.