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Beckett’s longest previous bid was 6 2-3 innings before allowing a single to Detroit’s Curtis Granderson on June 3, 2009.

Beckett retired pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. on a popup to shortstop to start the ninth. Speedy Ben Revere followed with a grounder that first baseman Adrian Gonzalez fielded, and he flipped to Beckett covering the bag for the second out.

“It was the most excited I’ve ever been playing defense,” Gonzalez said.

Jimmy Rollins was up next, and Beckett walked him on a full-count pitch. That brought up Utley, and when the count when to 3-2, Butera went to the mound to talk to Beckett.

Beckett then threw a 94 mph fastball that Utley looked at, and plate umpire Brian Knight called strike three to end it.

“I knew he wasn’t expecting me to throw a fastball down the middle,” Beckett said.

A pitch before striking out, Utley took a few steps toward first base when he thought a 3-1 delivery was ball four. Instead, it was strike two.

Utley left the clubhouse before reporters arrived.

“He had real good stuff right down to the final batter,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. “Our best hitter not swinging at the last two strikes is an indicator right there.”

Beckett walked off the mound, pumped his fist and was mobbed by teammates. He got a standing ovation from the crowd of 36,141 at Citizens Bank Park on his way to the dugout.

“That was a lot of fun,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s been throwing well all year and his breaking ball and change keep getting better.”

Last July, Beckett had a rib removed in thoracic outlet syndrome surgery to fix a condition that was affecting his right arm. He went 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight games in 2013.

Beckett (3-1) started this season on the disabled list with a thumb injury, raising more doubts about how effective he would be for a team with postseason expectations.

“I just wanted to help the team,” he said. “You always want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.”

Beckett was the MVP of the 2003 World Series for the Marlins, capping off their championship run by pitching a five-hit shutout in the clinching Game 6 at Yankee Stadium.

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