Josh Beckett, who allowed a season-high seven runs in seven innings against the Rangers Wednesday, gave up eight over just three-plus frames on another of his miserable nights in Toronto.
"Too many pitches in the heart of the plate," said Beckett, still 1-0 but with an ERA that took another burp from 5.26 to 7.22. "You're paid to make adjustments but, unfortunately, every adjustment I made, they hit harder than the last one. The numbers tell everything and they're not good."
Included was a six-run Toronto third that wiped out a 5-0 Boston lead. The last Boston pitcher to allow six or more in an inning was John Smoltz, touched for a seven-run inning in New York last August. The last time Beckett allowed six was August 2008 at Fenway, against the Blue Jays.
Both Beckett and manager Terry Francona assured that there was nothing ailing the pitcher physically.
"We sent him back out [for the fourth] hoping he could gather himself, but then he walked the first two," said Francona. "It was an uphill battle. He wasn't pretty tonight but he will be. He's gonna be good."
-- Career-wise, Beckett is now 3-5 with a 7.34 ERA in 13 starts against Toronto. At the Rogers Centre, he's 1-2 with a 9.28 ERA (33 earned over 32 innings).
-- In that the Sox also had to pour through six relievers culminating with Jonathan Papelbon's 1-2-3 ninth for save No. 6, Francona conceded there would be some deep thinking about summoning another arm from Pawtucket.