Sox go down hard, 10-3

May, 7, 2010
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BOSTON -- Josh Beckett inexplicably unraveled in the middle innings, manager Terry Francona was slow to offer him help, and the Sox went down, 10-3, to the New York Yankees in the first of their three-game set at Fenway Park.

Beckett was dominating early, striking out five in the first two innings with a fastball that topped out at 96 miles an hour and with great command of his curveball.

He made one mistake in the fourth, hanging a curveball to Nick Swisher that Swisher hit into the center-fiield camera well for a three-run home run.

But Beckett had a disastrous sixth inning, one which began with a double by Alex Rodriguez and disintegrated quickly thereafter. Beckett hit two batters, walked two (one intentionally) and gave up three singles before finally being pulled for Hideki Okajima.

Nine runs were charged to him, only the second time in his career he has allowed that many. The other time was Aug. 19, 2006, also against the Yankees, during the infamous five-game massacre.

The Yankees win may have been costly. Robinson Cano, who has been among the league's most prolific hitters, left the game after being hit directly on his left knee by a cutter from Beckett.

Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek also left the game after he was crossed up by Beckett on a pitch, and was struck on the left forearm. The injury was announced as a bruise.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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