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Beckett hit hard in Red Sox's win

Boston Red Sox shortstop Nick Green fields the ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina, forcing out the runner at second base, in the second inning during a spring training baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Friday March 27, 2009. Boston Red Sox shortstop Nick Green fields the ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina, forcing out the runner at second base, in the second inning during a spring training baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Friday March 27, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
March 27, 2009
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FORT MYERS, Fla.—Red Sox Manager Terry Francona was upbeat about Josh Beckett's outing -- despite the ugly numbers.

Beckett gave up four runs and six hits in six innings, and Chip Ambres hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning to give Boston an 11-8 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

The Red Sox had a 4-1 lead going into the sixth when the Cardinals scored three runs.

Ambres, a non-roster invitee, hit his second home run of the spring -- on the first pitch of the at-bat.

Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse pitched five innings, allowing six runs -- five earned -- on 11 hits and two walks, striking out two.

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