Killer B's: Beckett, Bates Power Red Sox Past Royals In the final game before the All-Star break, Josh Beckett dominated the Kansas City Royals on Sunday at Fenway Park, pitching a complete-game shutout before he heads to St. Louis.

"Boy he was good," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said of Beckett. "He attacked the strike zone with the fastball. It was very obvious they wanted to hit his fastball. He worked ahead and stayed out of the middle. We had a long fourth, then he had a real short fifth.

"He was so good today, that was fun to watch."

First baseman Aaron Bates also had a day for himself, going 3-for-4, with his only out coming on a hard-hit liner to right.

"So often when guys get a hit, they loosen up and feel good about themselves," Francona said. "[Bates] took some really good swings today.

"He's certainly a strong kid. He used the whole field and when you're hitting the ball square like that, you're feeling pretty good.