Sunday, October 19, 2008

Beckett, Red Sox, Force Game 7

Players of the Day from Saturday, October 18, 2008 American League Big-game pitchers step up in big games, and that's exactly what Josh Beckett did in Game 6 of the ALCS Saturday night at Tampa. Beckett worked five innings, holding the Rays to two runs on five hits, and the score tied 2-2, but the Red Sox responded with a pair of runs in the top of the 6th to give Beckett the win and record a 4-2 win over the Rays and force a series-deciding seventh game. Tampa's only runs came on solo homers by B.J. Upton (1st inning) and Jason Bartlett's bases-empty shot in the 5th. The Red Sox also got a pair of runs on solo shots by Jason Varitek and Kevin Youkilis, but also added a run on a ground out by Youkilis in the 3rd inning and an unearned run in the 6th when David Ortiz singled home Coco Crisp with the final score of the game. Notes: Game Seven begins at 8:08 pm ET at Tropicana Field. The Red Sox send out starter Jon Lester to face the Rays' Matt Garza. Both pitchers started game 3 on Monday at Fenway, won by the Rays, 9-1, as Garza was electric and the Rays pounded Lester for 8 hits and 4 runs in 5 2/3 innings.

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