Victor Martinez, Josh Beckett Lead Troops to Much-Needed Win Over Royals

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Victor Martinez, Josh Beckett Lead Troops to Much-Needed Win Over Royals
Victor Martinez and Josh Beckett haven’t spent a lot of quality time together as battery mates. Some have even suggested that it was a terrible idea for Martinez to catch as Beckett tried to bring the team back from a two-game skid against the Royals.

But in the end, it all worked out.

“Early on, [Beckett] was pretty good, and at the end, he was real good,”
manager Terry Francona told NESN’s Heidi Watney during Wednesday’s
edition of Red Sox Extra Innings. “In between, he hit a stretch where
he got a little flat.”

Beckett certainly didn’t have his best stuff on Wednesday night. In six mediocre innings, he allowed two runs on 12 hits with seven strikeouts — but thanks to some timely offense, he earned his 16th win of the season.

Could his less-than-stellar outing be attributed to his catcher? Absolutely not.

“I thought they did a good job,” Francona said. “Again, they haven’t been together [much] — just two starts is not like four or five years, so I thought they did a good job. Victor will never short you on energy and effort. It’s just that the more people are together … it’s going to be better.”

Not only did Martinez do his part behind the plate, but he did it on offense, too, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 22 games.

You can watch Francona’s full postgame interview here:

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