May 29, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey (41) wipes his face as pitching coach Juan Nieves comes out to talk during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Red Sox 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Sox Unable To Back Up Solid Effort By Lackey

Looks like they should’ve saved some of last night’s runs for tonight.

After the offensive blowout that was last night’s victory, tonight’s loss to the Rangers was a low-scoring 3-2 affair. This was the first loss for the Red Sox so far in the month of June.

The Sox chased Alexi Ogando after only five and two thirds innings, but the Texas righty only gave up one run, a solo home run by Dustin Pedroia, which tied the game 1-1.

Craig Breslow ran into a little trouble in the top of the seventh, allowing two baserunners. Koji Uehara entered the game in hopes to strand the runners and get out of the inning. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t meant to be tonight as he gave up a two RBI double to Elvis Andrus. Breslow would be charged with both runs as well as the loss.

The biggest plus from tonight’s game from the Sox perspective: John Lackey another very good outing. The big righty continued his quest for redemption by going six innings giving up only one run on five hits with five strikeouts. In his last four outings, he’s given up six runs (only four earned) with a 23/6 K/BB ratio in a span of 25 innings pitched.

The Sox try to salvage the series in tomorrow’s rubber match as Jon Lester opposes Derek Holland.

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