Beckett would like this one back

Red Sox can't recover from ace's fourth-inning blip -- although they came close

Updated: July 31, 2011, 5:01 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Let's admit it. No one expected the surging, first-place Red Sox to split a four-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park in late July.

Boston sent Josh Beckett to the mound in the series finale, but the right-hander struggled with his command in the top of the fourth inning, and Kansas City pushed across four runs (three earned) en route to a 4-3 victory over Boston.

Overall, Beckett allowed four runs on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts ...

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