BOSTON – Josh Beckett pitched eight solid innings and the Boston Red Sox rebounded from a rough road trip with a 12-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday in their home opener.
The Red Sox began their 101st season at Fenway Park. Boston entered the game with a 1-5 record that included a 10-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers in which Beckett (1-1) allowed five homers.
But he limited the Rays to five hits and one walk. He struck out just one, getting Carlos Pena in the eighth and extending his streak to 281 games with at least one strikeout since the start of his career. Only Dwight Gooden has a longer streak to begin his career, 349 games from 1984 to 1997.