Friday April 22, 2011 | 06:45 AM

The Boston Red Sox were 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position Thursday night, and won.

The first two RBI came from a Jacoby Ellsbury's bloop single, which was a surprise since Ellsbury anchors the black hole of the lineup. The bottom three players Thursday were Carl Crawford (.143), Jason Varitek (.043) and Ellsbury (.186).

Josh Beckett: 8 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K. The ERA is 1.93. Three straight solid outings.

Tonight should be a good one with Jon Lester (1-1, 3.20) vs. Dan Haren (4-0, 1.16) ... A big lead and deep outing by Lester would be helpful since Bobby Jenks, Daniel Bard and Josh Papelbon have all pitched consecutive days (Bard and Papelbon have each gone 2 1/3 innings over the previous two days).

A big scare Thursday came when Kevin Youkilis fouled a ball off his left shin. Media reports out of Anaheim say the X-rays were negative.

The Red Sox are still waiting to see how Pawtucket outfielder Ryan Kalish's left shoulder is. He injured it while making a diving catch. He will be evaluated today.

In Portland, the Sea Dogs put together solid pitching and quality at-bats for a 5-1 win. See the story.

Tonight at Hadlock, prospect Stolmy Pimentel takes the mound.

There will be plenty of explosions (after the game). It is the first fireworks show of the season.

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