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Beckett Strikes Out Five, Walks Three As Red Sox Defeat Rays

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Josh Beckett (Rob Carr/Getty Images Sport)

Josh Beckett (Rob Carr/Getty Images Sport)

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ Josh Beckett pitched one-hit ball for five innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-0 Tuesday.

Beckett struck out five and walked three. Relievers Scott Atchison, Franklin Morales and Mark Melancon combined to pitch the final four innings, allowing two hits and fanning four.

Cody Ross hit a three-run homer in the second. He leads the Red Sox with four home runs this spring.

With Tampa Bay’s James Shields pitching in a minor league game, reliever Fernando Rodney started for the Rays and threw one hitless inning. Joel Peralta gave up Ross’ home run in the next inning.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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