Beckett's dominance by the numbers

July, 4, 2011
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Josh Beckett dominated the Astros on Sunday, striking out 11 and giving up just one run and five hits over eight innings. ESPN's Stats and Information Group breaks down Beckett's impressive performance:

* The Astros were aggressive against Beckett. Hitters swung at 56 percent of his pitches, Beckett's highest in a start in the last three seasons. Thanks to the Astros' aggressiveness -- and efficiency from Beckett -- he didn't go to a single 3-ball count for the first time since June 2007. It's the first start of Beckett's career in which he struck out at least 10 and didn't walk a batter.

* Beckett took 14 hitters to a two-strike count and retired all 14, including 11 by strikeout. It's just the sixth time in Beckett's last 69 starts in which he didn't allow a hit or a walk with two strikes.

* Beckett relied more on his curveball than usual to put hitters away. Ten of his 29 two-strike pitches were curveballs (34.5 percent), his third highest percentage in a start this season. He recorded four curveball strikeouts, all swinging. Ten of his 11 strikeouts overall were swinging.

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