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10/10/09 1:28 AM ET

Red Sox Short Hops: Game 2

Beckett deserves better but lack of offense stings Boston

Fielding the Red Sox's 4-1 loss to the Angels on Friday in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on a short hop ...

In < 25 words ...
The Boston offense was quiet once again, managing a mere four hits for the second straight night.

Frozen moment
Victor Martinez singled home Jacoby Ellsbury to put the Red Sox on the board in the top of the fourth inning, but their lead was short-lived. The Angels delivered the equalizer in the bottom of the inning before plating three more in the seventh.

Big number
2 -- Extra-base hits for the Red Sox through two games of the ALDS, which they trail, 2-0.

Game balls

Josh Beckett

Beckett matched Jered Weaver pitch-for-pitch until the seventh, when the Red Sox's ace was tagged for three runs that proved to be the difference in the game.

Jacoby Ellsbury

Ellsbury was a source of production for the Red Sox, going 2-for-4 with a run scored out of the leadoff spot.

Victor Martinez

Martinez drove in Boston's first run of the series with a fourth-inning RBI single that plated Ellsbury.

Sense of October
Dustin Pedroia made a valiant effort to knock down Maicer Izturis' two-out single in the seventh, lunging toward second base but coming up empty as the ball scooted into center field. Izturis' knock plated the game-winning RBI.

Lines of the Game

Jacoby Ellsbury
4 AB, R, 2 H, 2 K
Comment: Ellsbury tripled to lead off the top of the fourth before coming around to score Boston's lone run of the night.


Josh Beckett
6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Comment: Beckett held the Angels in check through six frames before wearing down in a three-run bottom of the seventh.

"We've had a tough time these last two games swinging the bat. That's an understatement." -- manager Terry Francona

Next step
The Red Sox's season now rests on the shoulders of 25-year-old Clay Buchholz, who will take the ball in Game 3 on Sunday at Fenway Park.

John Barone is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.