Despite being nearly perfect for the first six innings Saturday night against Tampa Bay, Josh Beckett professed not to care that his dominant outing failed to bring him his fifth win of the season.

A walkoff team victory, he pointed out, makes a no-decision much easier to take.

"That was awesome, that's a better way to win anyway,'' Beckett said, not long after Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the ninth inning, lifting the Sox to a 3-2 win at Fenway Park. "If I get no-decisions the rest of my starts this year it's not that big a deal if we win them all like that.''

If Beckett continues to pitch like he did Saturday night, he'll win his share of games. He produced his seventh quality start in nine outings - tops on the team - allowing four hits and two runs in seven innings. He didn't walk a batter for the first time this season, and struck out five.