It was a night for the Red Sox All-Stars last night.
Josh Beckett became the second Red Sox 10-game winner last night, as the Red Sox topped the Oakland A's, 5-2.
Jason Bay belted his 20th homer of the year that tied the game at 1 in the second. They added another run after that, on Nick Green's double play with the bases loaded. Beckett allowed a first-inning home run to Scott Hairston, but settled down after that.
The Red Sox added two more in the third, on Jason Varitek's single with the bases loaded. Dustin Pedroia dded an RBI single in the sixth to complete the Red Sox scoring for the night.
Beckett went 6 2/3 innings, allowed two runs on six hits and struck out four. The Commander is now 8-1 since the beginning of May with an ERA of 2.38 in that span. Hideki Okajima, Justin Masterson and Jonathan Papelbon were unscored upon after Beckett left, with Pap getting his 21st save.
New York won in Minnesota, so the Red Sox continue to lead the AL East by one game.