Beckett picks up 100th career win (End 9, 4:28, 6-0)
Josh Beckett tossed his fourth career shutout, and second this season. He gave up just three hits while striking out seven to pick up his 11th win this season and the 100th of his career.
Sox add another going into the ninth (End 8, 4:21, 6-0)
Rocco Baldelli doubled to left center, driving in David Ortiz to add insurance as Josh Beckett looks to complete his shutout bid. Jason Bay was plunked for a second time this game to go with three straight walks, meaning he's reached base five times without having a hit.
Sweet Caroline (Mid 8, 4:09, 5-0)
Three up, three down for Josh Beckett in the eighth, all ground ball outs.
Lead holds at 5 (End 7, 4:02, 5-0)
Comfortably ahead, the Sox left two more on. Nick Green led off the inning with a walk, and two outs later Dustin Pedroia ripped a liner off third baseman Mark Teahen's glove for a single, and advanced to second on the throw. Kevin Youkilis struck out to end the inning, his second K of the game.
Beckett works out of small jam (Mid 7, 3:50, 5-0 Sox)
Singles by Mitch Maier and Mark Teahen plus a pitch that plunked Jose Guillen loaded the bases for the Royals, forcing Josh Beckett into a somewhat sticky situation. A double-play grounder from Brayan Pena got him out of it with no harm done.
Wild escape (End 6, 3:38, 5-0 Sox)
Jamey Wright was wild a times, hitting Jason Bay and walking Jason Varitek, but ultimately got out of the sixth, pitching the Royals first scoreless inning since the third.
White flag? (Mid 6, 3:28, 5-0 Sox)
Josh Beckett's retired the past nine Royals in order. He's one over the minimum for the game.
Sox tack on another (End 5, 3:22, 5-0)
Nick Green led of the inning with a walk, advanced to third on Aaron Bates's single to right and scored on a Jacoby Ellsbury double-play ball. It will likely be Bates's last day with the team as Mike Lowell is expected to return after the all-star break, but he has had a huge day, going 3 for 3 with an RBI and a run.
Seven pitches (Mid 5, 3:12, 4-0 Sox)
Beckett's one over the minimum through five, and it doesn't look like Kansas City has an answer for him. He needed only seven pitches to get through the fiifth. Aaron Bates, who was already having a plus day at the plate, chipped in by stretching for a liner along the first base line.
Sox stretch lead (End 4, 3:05, 4-0 Sox)
Aaron Bates keeps swinging the bat well, stroking his second double of the game and plating Nick Green in the process. He later scored on a David Ortiz ground ball and Jason Vartiek walked with the abses loaded to score Jacoby Ellsbury to make it 4-0. The inning could have been bigger, but Rocco Baldelli skied out to center with the bases full to end the inning.
Beckett keeps cruising (Mid 4, 2:42, 1-0 Sox)
Dominated by Josh Beckett the first time through, the Royals tried being aggressive early in at-bats. After striking out in a six-pitch at-bat to start the game, David DeJesus jumped on Beckett earlier in his second at-bat, smacking a double to right for the Royals' first hit. Four pitches later, Beckett was out of the inning, getting Mitch Maier on a sacrifice bunt, and Billy Butler and Mark Teahen on groundouts.
Sox leave two more (End 3, 2:31, 1-0 Sox)
Kevin Youkilis led off with a single, but the offense sputtered from there. David Ortiz struck out swinging for the second time, this one was on a curveball. Jason Bay worked a walk, but Jason Varitek and Rocco Baldelli both flied to right, stranding
two more runners, making it six for the game.
Three up, three down (Mid 3, 2:22, 1-0 Sox)
Beckett sliced through three more batters, notching his fifth strikeout. He's been untouchable through three.
Scoring chances slip away (End 2, 2:17, 1-0 Sox)
The Sox had a couple of first-and-third situations, but didn't take advantage. Rocco Baldelli started the inning with a strong at-bat, working an 0-and-2 count to 3-and-2 then singling through the left side. After Nick Green popped to short, Aaron Bates put a good swing on a 1-2 pitch, dropping it in the corner for a double that put runners on second and third. Chen got a break when Jacoby Ellsbury bounced a 2-2 pitch back to the mound that ended with Baldelli being tagged out in a rundown. Dustin Pedroia flied to right field to end the inning, stranding Bates and Ellsbury.
Kill 'em with curveballs (Mid 2, 1:59, 1-0 Sox)
Josh Beckett's hook had Mark Teahen and Jose Guillen baffled. Beckett fed it away to Teahen, who simply stared, and he did the same to Guillen, who swung and came up empty. Brayan Pena popped to third to end the inning.
Sox strike first (End 1, 1:54, 1-0 Sox)
The Sox touched up Bruce Chen. Dustin Pedroia banged a double off the Wall in left center and Kevin Youkilis drove him in with a single in the same direction. The RBI gave Youkilis six for the series. Before the Royals came to town, he hadn't driven in a run since July 1 against the Orioles. The run was the Sox's 58th first-inning run this season, making the first frame and the eighth frame (58 runs as well) their most productive. They're 33-19 when they score first.
Smooth first for Beckett (Mid1, 1:43, 0-0)
Josh Beckett made quick work of the top of the Royals order, getting David Dejesus (swinging), Mitch Maier (looking), and Billy Butler (fly out) in order working a fastball that zipped around 97 mph.