Cleveland - 034 000 001 - 8 12 0 Red Sox - 010 010 100 - 3 10 0Josh Beckett (2.1-7-7-2-2, 56) recorded seven outs and allowed seven runs. Nine of the 16 batters he faced reached base, including eight of the last 11. He was booed and jeered as he left the game with one out in the top of the third. It was Beckett's shortest outing since 2.1 IP on August 17, 2008, in Toronto.
After the game, Beckett was idiotically defiant: "I spend my off-days the way I want to spend them."
Adrian Gonzalez had two hits and scored two runs. Daniel Nava, in his first Sox game of the year, had an RBI double and two walks. ... Beckett's dismal performance increased the starters' season ERA to 6.06 (7.24 at home). ... Boston (12-19) has lost eight of its last nine games; its six-game losing streak at home is the team's longest since 1994.
Bobby Valentine defended Beckett before the game: "I've never seen a pitcher get hurt playing golf."
Sweeney, RFBeckett is making his first start since April 29, when he threw 126 pitches in a loss to the White Sox. Beckett will also be dealing with questions about reports that he played golf last Thursday, one day after it was announced that he would miss a start because of a tight/stiff right lat muscle. He also allegedly refused recently to do assigned training work between starts.
Derek Lowe returns to the Fenway Park mound for the only the second time since leaving after the 2004 season; the first was June 20, 2009 with Atlanta. Lowe, 38, has a 2.39 ERA in six starts this year. Cleveland is 17-13 and is in first place in the AL Central.
The Red Sox are 12-18, 7.5 GB the Rays. Since September 1 of last year, the Red Sox have played .333 ball over 57 games (19-38), the equivalent of one-third of a season.