Beckett Near Perfect through 5 innings In Red Sox Rout of Houston

HOUSTON (AP) _ Josh Beckett threw four hitless innings and the Boston Red Sox blasted Houston starter Nelson Figueroa for an 10-0 victory against the Astros on Wednesday night.

 Beckett, trying to rebound from a 6-6 season, hit Angel Sanchez, the second batter of the game, with a pitch and then retired the next 11 in a row until Brett Wallace led off the fifth with a single past second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

Beckett allowed one hit over five innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three.

Dan Butler hit a two-run homer off reliever Gustavo Chacin in the ninth to complete Boston’s 12-hit attack.

Figueroa, the Astros fifth starter, was rocked for five runs in the first inning and three more in the fourth. He gave up nine hits, eight earned runs, four walks and had two strikeouts overall.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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