Wright is 23 for 46 with 14 RBIs during a 13-game hitting streak.
He’ll try to help the Mets win consecutive games in Boston (25-17) for the first time since June 5-6, 1998, during the second season of interleague play. However, this time they’ll have to contend with Beckett (4-2, 5.85 ERA), whom Wright is 1 for 15 against.
The right-hander is 6-2 with a 2.50 ERA in 13 career starts against the Mets - all but one outing coming with NL East rival Florida. He hasn’t lost to them since pitching for the Marlins on April 15, 2005, and is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in four starts since. He last faced them at New York on June 28, 2006, leading the Red Sox to a 10-2 win.
Beckett has been solid of late, going 2-0 with a 3.79 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 19 innings over his last three starts. He’ll attempt to help Boston win for the fourth time in five games.
Beckett labored through a season-high 120 pitches over seven innings last Saturday, yielding three runs and four hits while striking out five, walking three and hitting another batter in a 5-3 win at Seattle.
“I thought he did a good job,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona told the team’s official Web site. “They made him work real hard.”
The right-hander allowed two runs and six hits in six innings, but committed three balks that led to both scores while the offense managed just five hits in a 2-0 loss at San Francisco on Sunday. The defeat halted his winning streak at four consecutive decisions over six starts, during which he posted a 4.89 ERA.
“It seemed like I almost had the yips,” Pelfrey said of his balks. “It was like I was fighting myself to come set because my mind kept telling me to pick the guy off. I went back and watched replays and I balked.”
Pelfrey, who has never faced Boston, has won his only two interleague starts with both coming on the road, but he’s given up 10 runs and 16 hits in 11 innings in those contests.