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Beckett hoping to stay perfect vs. O's

Beckett hoping to stay perfect vs. O's

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A two-game losing streak is history and the Red Sox hope to take a winning streak into a weekend series at Yankee Stadium. Right-hander Josh Beckett gets the call and puts his perfect April on the line in the finale of a two-game series at Camden Yards against the Orioles.

Beckett, bidding for his fifth victory, will try to become the 11th hurler in Boston history to win his first five decisions. In his last start, Beckett gave up five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings against the Yankees on Saturday.

Third baseman Mike Lowell is also carrying an 11-game hitting streak. He went down to his last at-bat Wednesday night before singling in the ninth.

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (4-0, 2.55 ERA)
Beckett is gunning to be the first Boston starter since Pedro Martinez in 2005 to win his first five outings, and he'd join some select company with his fifth April victory: Babe Ruth, who turned the trick in 1917, and three-time Cy Young Award winner Martinez. Beckett, unbeaten in one career start versus Baltimore, is 7-1 in April over the last two seasons.

BAL: LHP Adam Loewen (2-0, 3.72 ERA)
Though the Canadian left-hander is unbeaten this season, he's struggled with his control, walking 19 hitters in 19 1/3 innings. In his last start Saturday against Toronto, Loewen couldn't get out of the fifth inning, allowing five hits and walking a career-high seven.

Player to watch
If manager Terry Francona wants to play the percentages against Loewen, he works Eric Hinske into the Red Sox lineup. Lifetime at Camden Yards, Hinske is 46-for-144 (.319) with seven homers and 28 RBIs. The seven homers are his second-most at any ballpark behind Rogers Centre, where he had 38 while with Toronto.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• NESN

On radio
• WEEI-850 AM; WRKO-680 AM, Spanish Baseball Network (Español)

Up next
• Friday: Red Sox (RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, 2-2, 4.00) at Yankees (LHP Andy Pettitte, 1-0, 1.78), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Red Sox (RHP Tim Wakefield, 2-2, 2.08) at Yankees (TBA), 3:55 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Red Sox (RHP Julian Tavarez, 0-2, 8.36) at Yankees (RHP Chien-Ming Wang, 0-1, 5.68), 1:05 p.m. ET

Pete Kerzel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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