Josh Beckett takes to the hill in the rubber game of the Red Sox's three-game series against the Mariners at Safeco Field looking to join C.C. Sabathia as the American League's only 14-game winners.
Beckett has taken the loss in three of his last four starts despite pitching well. The right-hander has posted a 3.30 ERA, allowing 11 earned runs on 24 hits while walking six and striking out 31 batters in 30 innings of work over the stretch. The problem for Beckett has been run support -- the Red Sox have scored only four runs in the three losses.
Daisuke Matsuzaka earned his 13th victory of the year Saturday night in the Red Sox's 4-3 victory over the Mariners, snapping the Sox's nine-game Safeco Field losing streak.
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (13-5, 3.41 ERA)
Beckett took the loss in his last outing allowing five runs on nine hits in eight innings of work in the Red Sox's 5-3 loss to the Orioles at Fenway Park on July 31.
SEA: RHP Miguel Batista (11-7, 4.23 ERA)
Batista has not started against the Red Sox since Aug. 24, 2004, when he took a loss after allowing five runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. His last appearance against Boston was on Sept. 29, 2005, when he allowed one run in one-third of an inning while with the Blue Jays.
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Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz have both had success in their careers against Batista. Ramirez is hitting .400 (8-for-20) with a home run and four RBIs against the Seattle right-hander. Ortiz has posted a .375 (6-for-16) average with two home runs and seven RBIs against Batista.
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Monday: Red Sox (Curt Schilling, 6-4, 4.20) at Angels (Jered Weaver, 7-5, 4.00), 10:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Red Sox (Tim Wakefield, 13-9, 4.55) at Angels (Joe Saunders, 5-0, 3.10), 10:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday: Red Sox (Jon Lester, 1-0, 5.09) at Angels (Dustin Moseley, 4-1, 4.43), 10:05 p.m. ET
Chris Hester is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.