MLB: As bad as this week's interleague road trip started out, the Red Sox made a strong showing in the Lone Star state by capping a 3-game sweep of the Houston Astros on the strength of Josh Beckett's start Sunday afternoon.
After Friday and Saturady's victories, this was far from the offensive outburst we are often accustomed to seeing from the Sox, however. Boston got on the board thanks to a throwing error on a Jason Varitek ground ball that allowed Youkilis to score. The Astros would manage to tie the game up on an Angel Sanchez pinch hit RBI single.
Youkilis would then factor into the go-ahead run in the 9th after the Astros bullpen decided to intentionally walk Adrian Gonzalez (who was actually starting at 1B in an interleague game) to load up the bases with 2 away for Kevin Youkilis. Youk, for his part, was unintentionally walked by Mark Melancon to being home Drew Sutton- who was pinch hitting for Beckett to lead off the tio of the 8th- and make it a 2-1 Red Sox lead.
Papelbon would give up a 2-out single in the bottom of the 9th, but it would do no damage as he got the next batter to strike out for his 17th save and complete the sweep of the Astros. Beckett allowed five hits, one run and struck out 11 in eight innings of work.
The Red Sox head back to Fenway for a series against the Blue Jays that kicks off with a 4th of July day game on Monday- Brandon Morrow (4-4; 4.36 ERA) will start for the Jays while John Lackey (5-7; 6.81 ERA) goes for the Sox. First pitch gets underway at 1:35 PM ET on NESN
ALL STAR VOTING: Starting pitcher Josh Beckett, DH David Ortiz, 1B Adrian Gonzalez and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury were named to the 2011 MLB All-Star game. The contest is set to take place on July 12, 2011 at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ.