Red Sox Ace Mows Down Angels

Beckett shutout, Ortiz HR make for winning Fenway formula
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2007 10:22 PM CDT
Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett reacts to striking out Los Angeles Angels' Kendry Morales to end the eighth inning of Game 1 of an American League Division Series playoff baseball game Wednesday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Game one was a night for the hometown stars in Boston, as Josh Beckett recorded the third playoff shutout of his career and David Ortiz crushed a two-run blast to lead the Red Sox to a 4-0 win over the Angels. LA of Anaheim starter John Lackey struggled again in Fenway, giving up a solo HR in the first and three more runs in the third.

Beckett was impressive throughout, setting down 19 straight Angels after Chone Figgins' leadoff single in the first. He struck out eight, walked none, and gave up only four singles on the night. In this year's elongated playoff schedule, the Red Sox get to enjoy their win for a day, while the Angels get to stew before Game 2 in Fenway on Friday.