x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Beckett back to best as Red Sox blank Yankees

The former World Series MVP blew away the Yankees with 10 strikeouts in eight innings as the Red Sox earned their second win of the three-game series.

BOSTON // Boston starter Josh Beckett looked back to his best on Sunday, delivering a dominant two-hit performance to lead the Red Sox to a 4-0 victory over bitter rivals the New York Yankees.

Coming off a difficult, injury-hit 6-6 season, the former World Series MVP blew away the Yankees with 10 strikeouts in eight innings as the Red Sox earned their second win of the three-game series with New York (5-4).

After getting the new season off to a dreadful 0-6 start, Boston regrouped in their first home series.

"I think we were just ready to come home," Beckett told reporters. "That was a pretty tough break, what we went through on the road."

Mike Cameron had an infield RBI single in the third inning and Marco Scutaro hit a two-RBI double in the seventh for Boston (2-7). Second baseman Dustin Pedroia continued his strong series with three hits and David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the eighth.

New York ace CC Sabathia left the game after 5 2/3 innings having allowed one run on nine hits with four walks.

Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain came on in the sixth and got the visitors out of a bases-loaded jam, but he was chased in the seventh.

Earlier in the day, the Red Sox announced they had reached a four-year contract extension with starting pitcher Clay Buchholz worth at least $30 million.

Buchholz is coming off a break out season with a 17-7 record and a 2.33 ERA but has struggled in his first two starts this season.

RESULTS (home team in CAPS):

Kansas City 9 DETROIT 5
Washington 7 NY METS 3 (11 innings)
Texas 3 BALTIMORE 0
Philadelphia 3 ATLANTA 0
Colorado 6 PITTSBURGH 5
HOUSTON 7 Florida 1
MILWAUKEE 6 Chicago Cubs 5
CHICAGO WHITE SOX 6 Tampa Bay 1
Oakland 5 MINNESOTA 3
LA ANGELS 3 Toronto 1
SAN DIEGO 7 LA Dodgers 2
St Louis 6 SAN FRANCISCO 1
Cleveland 6 SEATTLE 4
ARIZONA 10 Cincinnati 8
BOSTON 4 NY Yankees 0