Josh Beckett (4-2) allowed just four hits and three runs (two earned) in seven innings to help lead the Red Sox past the Mariners in Seattle, 5-3. The Red Sox offense was entirely reliant on the longball, as the five Boston runs scored on three homers: two-run shots by Jason Bay (11) and Jason Varitek (5), as well as a solo shot by Jeff Bailey (2).
After Beckett departed, the Sox bullpen delivered a pair of shutout innings, with Hideki Okajima and Ramon Ramirez sharing eighth-inning duties before yielding the ninth to Jonathan Papelbon, who pitched a scoreless ninth for his 10th save of the year. Sox leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.
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