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Beckett Tosses 4 Hitless Against Astros

Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett waits for a batter to get ready during the first inning of the game against the Houston Astros Wednesday in Houston. Beckett pitched five shutout innings, giving up only one hit. (AP)
Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett waits for a batter to get ready during the first inning of the game against the Houston Astros Wednesday in Houston. Beckett pitched five shutout innings, giving up only one hit. (AP)

Dan Butler, a prospect headed for the minors, hit a two-run homer off reliever Gustavo Chacin in the ninth to complete Boston's 12-hit attack.

"When you see Butler come in the dugout, you've got major league veterans mobbing him," Francona said. "Everybody knew his family was here. That was really fun. For me, that was the topper of the night."

Figueroa, the Astros fifth starter, was rocked for five runs in the first inning and three more in the fourth. He gave up nine hits, eight earned runs, four walks and had two strikeouts overall.

"Physically, I'm fine. Mentally, I'm beating myself up," Figueroa said. "I'm doing more damage than they did. If they were hitting doubles in the gaps or home runs ... but it was that I would get ahead of some hitters and then walk them. There were too many walks. I'm not a pitcher that can get away with too many walks. I made too many mistakes up in the zone."

Beckett liked the way his spring ended.

"It's nice to have confidence going into your next start," he said. "Definitely the mechanical things that we worked on at the beginning of spring are beginning to come together."

Figueroa is hoping his next start is an improvement.

"As of right now, the negatives far outweigh the positives," Figueroa said. "There were some good things that happened. The second and third innings were more what I was capable of doing and more what I bring to the table, more what I plan on featuring going into my start."

This program aired on March 31, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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