Josh Beckett celebrated his 32nd birthday yesterday with seven shutout innings against the Mariners en route to a 5-0 win for the Red Sox.
After getting shelled in his last outing against the Indians, where he didn't last through 2 innings, Beckett appeared more dialed in yesterday racking up 9 strikeouts. David Ortiz went yard again to continue his impressive year and the bullpen once again looked solid as Rich Hill and Alfredo Aceves kept Seattle off the scoreboard to seal the win.
Granted this was only the Mariners we're talking about here, but only last week, the cellar dwelling Royals slapped the Sox around pretty good, so a win's a win, and these are games the guys have to take to climb out of the AL East cellar.
They're in town now for a series against the division leading Rays. Buccholz is on the mound tonight against Hellickson. The Sox are riding a five game win streak, so this will be a good test to see if they are finally settling down and playing the kind of ball this club is capable of.