PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox are used to getting big
hits from their designated hitter -- not their pitcher.
Josh Beckett hit a solo homer, an RBI single and pitched seven
solid innings to lead the Red Sox over the struggling Philadelphia
Phillies 8-4 on Saturday night.
Beckett (6-1) allowed four runs and six hits to win his third
straight start and give AL East-leading Boston its 10th victory in
13 games. He became the first Red Sox pitcher to go deep since
Marty Pattin on Sept. 26, 1972.
"You never expect to hit a ball off a guy like that," Beckett
said, referring to Brett Myers. "You're just happy to put the bat
on the ball. He happened to throw where I was swinging."
Because the designated hitter isn't used in National League
parks during interleague play, the Red Sox have to alter their
lineup. Regular DH David Ortiz has started at first base for two
straight games, while regular first baseman Kevin Youkilis sat out
Friday night and played third base Saturday. Starting pitcher Matt
Clement had a key single in Friday's win.
"We don't count on it, but we'll take everything we can get,"
Boston manager Terry Francona said. "It doesn't seem feasible
because these guys haven't batted in two months. It shows they are
"It's amazing. We've got to get the opposing pitcher out. It's
been killing us the way they hit us," Phillies manager Charlie
A victim of poor run support this season, Myers was outstanding
while giving up just one hit in the first five innings. But an
error by shortstop Jimmy Rollins led to four unearned runs in the
sixth and Myers unraveled in the seventh.
Myers struck out Wily Mo Pena to start the sixth, then ran into
trouble. Alex Gonzalez hit a grounder to shortstop, but reached
second base when Rollins' throw to first base sailed high and wide.
Beckett followed with a run-scoring single that tied it at 1.
Youkilis had an infield single and Mark Loretta singled to load
the bases. Ortiz drove in Beckett with a sacrifice fly to give
Boston a 2-1 lead. After Manny Ramirez walked, Trot Nixon singled
beyond second baseman Utley's reach to score two more runs.
Beckett ripped a drive into the left-center seats for his second
career homer in the seventh inning to give the Red Sox a 5-1 lead.
Youkilis tripled and scored on Loretta's sacrifice fly.
Gonzalez made it 8-1 in the eighth inning when he broke an
0-for-17 slump with a two-run homer to straightaway center off
reliever Aaron Fultz.
Howard, who exchanged words with Beckett during a game in spring
training, chased the pitcher with an opposite-field homer that cut
Boston's lead to 8-4 with none out in the eighth.
"The pitch was where I wanted it, but he's a strong kid,"
Myers allowed six runs -- two earned -- and eight hits in 6 1-3
innings. He hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of
his nine starts, but hasn't won since April 23 because the Phillies
have averaged just 3.1 runs when he pitches.
"I made good pitches. They just found a hole," Myers said.
Utley gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the third inning with his
A small fire broke out in a trash bin on the concourse of
the stadium beyond left field during the game, but it was put out
in a few minutes, a team spokesman said. ... The Phillies have lost
six straight interleague games. ... Phillies RF Bobby Abreu has
just 10 homers in 115 games since his record-setting performance in
the Home Run Derby during All-Star week last season. He hit 41
homers in the contest, including 24 in the first round. ... The
Phillies are 73-90 in interleague play, while the Red Sox are 79-80
against NL teams. ... Boston leads the all-time series 15-12,
including six straight wins against Philadelphia.