BOSTON(AP) The way
has been going lately, he certainly didn't need all the offense the
Boston Red Sox
are providing the past few days.
Beckett pitched seven strong innings for his major league-high 14th win,
homered and the
8-2 Wednesday night.
''On the days Josh is pitching, we really feel like we have a chance to win,'' Bay said. ''You feel like on some days it might
take only one run, or two.''
Bay and Lowell gave Beckett all the runs he needed, giving Boston a 3-0 lead after three innings. Bay hit a two-run shot in
the third after Lowell's solo homer in the second.
''When Jason gets hot, as you can see, it's not just singles,'' Boston manager
said. ''He starts driving the ball all over the park and, boy, what a different team we look like.''
won their third in a row and sent AL Central-leading Detroit to its fourth loss in five games. Boston has won seven straight
against the Tigers.
Beckett continually got ahead with first-pitch strikes, which bothered Detroit manager Jim Leyland.
''It makes it easy for him,'' Leyland said. ''That's the only thing I didn't like. I know how good he is. I know it's not
easy, but when you get a guy like him you know he's going to come after you.''
There wasn't any carry-over from Tuesday night's bench-clearing brawl that began when
was hit by a pitch from
and charged the mound. Both players were suspended five games - Porcello appealed the penalty, Youkilis didn't.
Beckett (14-4) gave up two runs and three hits, including homers by
ace struck out six and walked one, and improved to 8-0 at home this season.
''It's been nice being home and getting those timely hits,'' Beckett said of the first three games.
(5-3), who also took the loss in relief in Monday's series opener, gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. Scheduled
was scratched with severe soar throat.
will try for a four-game sweep on Thursday afternoon when
faces Tigers ace
Beckett had pitched 18 scoreless innings before Guillen's homer on the first pitch of the fifth, which was the Tigers' initial
hit of the game. Beckett recorded consecutive seven-inning shutout efforts in his previous two starts.
''He was good,'' Thames said of Beckett. ''He was mixing his pitches up and had us off-balance. We could never get anything
going. It was just one of those nights, he put it on us.''
Boston had scored a total of two runs in three games before returning to Fenway Park this week. The
have hit eight homers in the first three games of the series.
Lowell's homer was his third in two games after he entered Tuesday as a pinch-runner when Youkilis was ejected and hit a pair
Bay has four homers in five games, raising his season total to 24.
broke it open with a five-run fifth. Lowell and
had RBI singles and
drew a bases-loaded walk. The other two runs scored on a passed ball by
and a throwing error by third baseman
, who left Tuesday's game after getting hit on the left hand, didn't play. ... Popular
, who took an indefinite leave of absence following complications from cancer surgery, said he is suffering from depression
and that the condition has delayed his return to the booth. He was given a standing ovation when he was shown on the center
field scoreboard in his first visit to the booth since his leave. ... The Tigers held a closed-door team meeting before batting
practice. ... Detroit recalled RHP
from Triple-A Toledo. RHP
, who took the loss Tuesday, was optioned to Toledo. Dolsi got some work, giving up three runs - one earned - in 1 1-3 innings.
... Galarraga is expected to start Sunday against Kansas City.