One week after the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a seven-player trade with the Boston Red Sox, Josh Beckett made his first start Dodger Stadium against the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the trade, the Dodgers added roughly $275 million in salary as part of an aggressive move to make a push for postseason play. Beckett’s first start in a Dodger uniform resulted in a loss for the right-hander, which added to the angst surrounding his Dodger Stadium debut.
Beckett had a career-high five-game losing streak, but his second outing in a Dodger uniform gave fans reason for optimism. Beckett threw 6.2 solid innings, allowing one run and striking out nine. The lone blemish on Beckett’s night of work was a game-tying Justin Upton solo home run in the third inning. Beckett settled back in and recorded six of his nine strikeouts after allowing the home run.
Hanley Ramirez gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead with a home run to center field and the Dodgers added the decisive run on an Andre Ethier solo shot. Two seasons later, Beckett is back on the mound Sunday at Dodger Stadium to face the Diamondbacks.
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