Red Sox Club Rays as Beckett Delivers a Strong 8 Innings

Beckett rebounds, Red Sox pound Rays 12-2

By HOWARD ULMAN
AP Sports Writer
      BOSTON (AP) – Josh Beckett pitched eight solid innings and the
Boston Red Sox rebounded from a rough road trip with a 12-2 win
over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday in their home opener.

      The Red Sox began their 101st season at Fenway Park. Boston
entered the game with a 1-5 record that included a 10-0 loss to the
Detroit Tigers in which Beckett (1-1) allowed five homers.

      But he limited the Rays to five hits and one walk. He struck out
just one, getting Carlos Pena in the eighth and extending his
streak to 281 games with at least one strikeout since the start of
his career. Only Dwight Gooden has a longer streak to begin his
career, 349 games from 1984 to 1997.
     

     
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