Josh Beckett was on the mound Tuesday for the third time since throwing a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 25. Beckett was in search of his first win since the historic outing as he suffered a pair of 2-1 losses that left him 3-3 on the season with a 2.57 ERA.
Despite entering Tuesday’s game with a .500 record, the 34-year-old has been a solid option for the Los Angeles Dodgers as the fifth pitcher in their rotation. With the Dodgers looking to continue their success on the road, Beckett kept the Cincinnati Reds at bay, striking out seven in six scoreless innings.
Beckett sat the Reds down in order in the first inning, capped off by freezing Joey Votto on a belt-high fastball. The Dodger right-hander retired the first eight batters in order before Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake broke up the early no-hit bid with a single to center.
Beckett allowed another single in the fourth inning, but that was all the Reds would be able to generate as he continued to shut down their lineup as the Dodgers provided ample run-support. The seven strikeouts Beckett recorded tied his second highest single-game total this season.
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