Josh Beckett fanned nine in seven strong innings and the Boston Red Sox enjoyed a 13-1 laugher in the World Series opener against Colorado at Fenway Park. The Red Sox rapped out 17 hits and tied a World Series record with nine extra base hits and eight doubles.
Beckett struck out the side in the first inning and five of the first six Rockies. He allowed one run on six hits in running his record to 4-0 in this postseason.
Dustin Pedroia's leadoff homer got Boston off to a fast start. After Pedroia's homer, the Red Sox scored one more in the second inning on a David Ortiz single. Jason Varitek's ground-rule double drove in two in the fourth. They broke it open with seven runs in the fifth inning.
Every Red Sox starter except Mike Lowell drove in at least one run. Boston scored 11 of its 13 runs with two out.
Rockies starter Jeff Francis gave up six runs on 10 hits in four innings and took the loss. He was replaced by Franklin Morales, who was charged with seven runs in his two-thirds of an inning.
Game 2 is Thursday night at Fenway Park. Curt Schilling goes for the Red Sox against Ubaldo Jiminez of the Rockies.
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