Red Sox - 000 000 300 - 3 4 1 Rays - 000 000 000 - 0 1 0Beckett (9-1-0-0-6, 97) pitched the first one-hitter of his career, his first shutout since July 12, 2009, and the Red Sox's first complete game of 2011. It was also Beckett's ninth career complete game of nine innings (six in the regular season and three in the playoffs).
With two outs in the third, Reid Brignac hit a medium-speed grounder down the third base line. Kevin Youkilis came in and gloved it, but his throw was on one hop to Adrian Gonzalez and, most likely, not in time. AG couldn't scoop the throw and Brignac was safe. That was Beckett's only baserunner, as he retired the next 19 batters. (Beckett threw more than five pitches to only two of his 28 batters.)
Hellickson (7-4-3-2-2, 94) matched Beckett pitch-by-pitch for six innings. He allowed only two baserunners -- Dustin Pedroia's first-inning single and Jacoby Ellsbury's walk in the fourth -- and both of them were immediately erased on double plays.
With one out in the seventh, Pedroia tripled off the wall in right-center. Matt Joyce drifted back and leapt at (or maybe crashed into) the wall, but could not catch the ball. The Rays intentionally walked Gonzalez and pitched to Youkilis, who had a miserable game last night and was 0-2 so far against Hellickson, including an ugly three-pitch strikeout his last time up. Youkilis took a strike, then drilled a fastball about four rows deep in left field for his 10th dong of the season.
At 2:20, it was the Red Sox's quickest game of the season. The second-quickest game (2:24) was played last night.
Josh Beckett / Jeremy Hellickson
Last 7 starts
IP H R ER BB K ERA AVG OBP SLG Beckett 44.2 33 9 9 18 38 1.81 .209 .309 .241 Hellickson 46.0 29 12 11 19 29 2.15 .180 .267 .304In his last start, Hellickson allowed five earned runs and seven hits to Baltimore in 5.2 innings. Since May 1, Beckett has made eight starts with a 1.65 ERA. Beckett also has had six no-decisions in his last 10 starts.
Jacoby Ellsbury has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games (.397/.455/.603/1.057). During his current 11-game hitting streak, he's batting .423. From June 7-12, Ellsbury had six straight multiple-hit games.
Adrian Gonzalez has hits in 20 of his last 23 games, with a .406 average. Over the last month or so (May 8, 33 games), he's hitting .388. Gonzalez has a hit or a walk in 58 of his 66 games.
Marco Scutaro is hitting .432 in his last 10 games (which includes four games before his DL stint). ... Since getting the good news on his shoulder, Dustin Pedroia is hitting .412/.524/.706/1.230.
AL East: Rangers/Yankees and Orioles/Blue Jays at 7 PM.