Friday June 01, 2012 | 06:30 AM

Josh Beckett gave up 4 earned runs over 7 innings. Not a terrible outing, but more is expected from one of Boston's aces.

As the Red Sox looked like they're improved, the starting pitching continues to hold them back. See today's column.

Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched 5 1/3 innings for Pawtucket: 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K. It looks like the Red Sox will keep Dice-K on rehab for as long as they can (2-3 more starts), and then a decision will have to be made.

Alex Wilson relieved Dice-K and allowed no hits, but one run over 1 2/3 IP. Wilson walked a lead-off batter, who scored after a stolen base and two wild pitches.

Bryce Brentz finished his torrid May with his second 5-hit game in the month. After hitting .216 in April, Brentz batted .388 in May to up his average to .306.

Chris Balcom-Miller (4.99 ERA) pitched 5 innings: 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K.

Jackie Bradley (.371) went 4-for-5 for Salem. If he keeps up this type of domination in Class A, the Red Sox will be forced to move him up to Portland soon ... first baseman Travis Shaw (.339) is starting to add power to his impressive average, hitting his fifth home run.

Prospect Brandon Workman (3-2, 3.54) pitched six innings for Salem: 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K.



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