Josh Beckett played the role of stopper once again as he overcame some early struggles to notch his 20th victory and put the brakes on the Red Sox's four-game skid. With the Yankees losing to the Blue Jays, Boston's AL East magic number sits at seven.
The Rays were unable to put a dent in the Red Sox's playoff pursuits, as Scott Kazmir yielded three runs on four hits over five innings. Delmon Young went 2-for-4 and drove in his club's lone run as Tampa Bay managed little else off Josh Beckett.
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