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New guys made a difference for Sox

That’s how the Red Sox drew it up. Great pitching, great defense and a couple of home runs. Add it up and you have a 3-1 victory.

John Lackey was a motivated dude on the mound against his old team. He allowed one run on two hits and struck out four.

“They know how I am between the lines,” he said. “It’s all business out there. We can be friends off the field.”

Adrian Beltre showed you tonight why the Red Sox wanted him so badly. Several outstanding plays in the field and a home run that was crushed to center.

Beltre is 20 of 46 (.435) in his last 12 games with six extra-base hits and nine RBI. The hot streak has raised his batting average to .340 and his on-base percentage to an uncharacteristic .374. He has 15 RBIs as well.

And while he has a few flubs in the field, he is saving runs at a high rate.

Take the fifth inning, for instance. Howie Kendrick hit a rocket to third that Beltre caught with a quick little spin before making a strong throw to get a guy who can run. Two batters later, Brandon Wood put one over the wall. By the end of the year, those plays are going to add up and make a difference. That’s run prevention.

Or that double play he started to end the third inning with a chunk of bat coming at him. That’s not an easy play.

I know you love Mike Lowell and you should. But give this guy a chance.

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“Right now we’re playing the way we should be playing,” Beltre said. “Games like this are a lot of fun.”

With that, I’m off to Remy’s for a postgame frosty. Thanks for reading the blog today and we’ll be back at it tomorrow.

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