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Beckett struggles again, booed again in no-decision

Posted by Alex Prewitt  August 8, 2012 06:52 PM

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Josh Beckett received a no-decision Wednesday afternoon in Boston's 10-9 loss against Texas.

Red Sox fans had no problem deciding what they thought of another subpar outing.

Beckett was booed once again as he left in the sixth inning, having allowed a season-high eight runs on eight hits, including three homers. His first-inning ERA is up to 10.42 after allowing three runs, two on a Josh Hamilton triple, in the opening frame. No matter how hard Boston's offense fought back, tying the game again and again, the Rangers offense kept on firing against the enigmatic and oft-criticized starter.

"Just too many pitches down the middle of the plate," Beckett said. "Everything was up. Even when I was on the corners, it was still up. Control, in that matter, yeah, not necessarily control outside the zone. Inside the zone, I felt like everything was elevated."

After Hamilton scored on an Adrian Beltre sacrifice fly in the first, Beckett got Nelson Cruz swinging and Michael Young looking, both on curveballs. He set down the side in order in the second, and got out of a jam in the third by getting Hamilton, Beltre, and Cruz consecutively.

But things unraveled in the fifth. Mitch Moreland led off with a solo homer. Elvis Andrus singled, and Hamilton homered. All three were on cutters. Manager Bobby Valentine yanked Beckett in favor of Clayton Mortensen in the sixth after trade-deadline acquisition Geovany Soto hit a two-run homer, scoring David Murphy.

"He made some good pitches and some not so good pitches," Valentine said. "He finished the fifth inning pretty good. The bottom of the order, I thought maybe he could squeak one out. Sure wasn't expecting Soto to hit a home run."

Sox fans, on the other hand, have grown accustomed to booing Beckett, who received another round as he trudged towards the dugout.

"I didn't even listen to that," Dustin Pedroia said. "We're all in this together. We support Josh. He's our teammate. We're going to do all we can to get his back.

"There's going to be times when I have tough times and they might boo me. We've just got to go out there and play as hard as we can, and do it together."

Beckett was pitching on seven days off after his most recent start was pushed back due to back spasms that caused him to exit from a July 31 start against Detroit after 2.2 innings.

But the extra rest did little to curb the frustration and the poor outings. In fact, the more Beckett rests, the worse he remains. On five or fewer days rest, Beckett's ERA is 3.62. On six or more, it's 10.13.

"Obviously the numbers aren't good, but I don't feel any different," Beckett said. "I felt strong out there. Health-wise, there was no problems."

Regarding his results, the issues remained.

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