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Beckett gives Sox a big lift

BOSTON — Josh Beckett outdueled CC Sabathia to help the Red Sox beat the Yankees 4-0 on Sunday.

Boston came home Friday 0-6, its worst start since 0-8 in 1945. But it took two of three from its archrival.

Entering Sunday, Red Sox starters were 1-5 with a 7.41 ERA while allowing 12 homers. Over eight innings, Beckett allowed two hits and retired his final 14 batters.

"We needed a good, quality start," Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek said, "especially when you have that other guy on the mound over there."

Sabathia allowed just one run despite allowing nine hits and walking four over 52/3 innings.

"It's always like that," he said of facing the Red Sox.

"They've got a good lineup. You try to keep battling and get outs."

Sabathia has no wins this season despite allowing just four total runs in three starts. Tuesday, he allowed two hits and left after seven up 4-0. But the bullpen blew it.

"He could … easily be 3-0," manager Joe Girardi said.

Up 1-0 in the seventh, Boston loaded the bases with one out, and Marco Scutaro then delivered a two-run double.

Red Sox 4

Yankees 0

Beckett gives Sox a big lift 04/10/11 [Last modified: Monday, April 11, 2011 12:28am]
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