Jul 2, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey (41) delivers a pitch during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Lackey Strong Again As Red Sox Beat Padres 4-1

The Red Sox’ de facto ace, John Lackey, took to the mound as the Red Sox opened up the final leg of this 10-game homestand as they defeated the San Diego Padres 4-1 in the opener of a three game series.

Lackey was outstanding once again as he gets further away from Tommy John surgery.  His numbers tonight:  eight innings, six hits, one earned run, one walk and six strikeouts in 103 pitches.

Lackey breezed through the first four innings in 50 pitches before running into a slight jam in the fifth with two on, but he was able to pitch out of that by getting Chris Denorfia to line out to second and strand two Padres.

San Diego rookie starter Robbie Erlin was not as fortunate.

Recent call up Brandon Snyder gave the Sox a 3-0 lead as he struck the only real blow of the first four innings by crushing a bases loaded, three-run double to deep center in the fourth, just missing a grand slam by inches.  Snyder was thrown out at third trying to stretch it into a triple but not before David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all came around to score.

Jose Iglesias’ hot bat added to the lead in the sixth as he singled home Jonny Gomes with two out to make it 4-0 before getting caught in a rundown after the Padres inexplicably cut off the throw to home.

Lackey gave up a solo home run to Jesus Guzman in the seventh but, other than that, he was flawless.  That included inducing Carlos Quentin into an 0-4 night.  Quentin came into the game 8 for 13 lifetime against Lackey with four homers.

After Lackey’s eight strong, new closer Koji Uehara closed things out in the ninth for his fourth save.

The series continues tomorrow at Fenway with Boston’s Jon Lester matched up against San Diego’s Edinson Volquez.

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  • Doug Merrill

    In some ways I think our fantastic start and holding on to first base is by “smoke and mirrors” if you look carefully up and down our lineup, there are very few that will strike fear into most pitchers, but the real smoke and mirror theme comes from the rotation and B.P, I think both are overall weak, yet we keep winning, this is great, but how long can it last? The to me, mismanagement of Bailey has just created a weaker BP, he should be at Pawtucket or at least 3 weeks, have Nieves visit him twice a week, I doubt if we will acquire anyone over the break, as always time will tell, I’ll gladly accept win after win, GO RED SOX!!!!!!

    • Rick M

      Last 30 days have not been nice for the BP. Still not racking up a bundle of innings but ERA is near the bottom and ‘pen is 5-5 but the Bailey factor mixes into that. Seems they have guys they can shuffle back and forth like Wilson and Beato and they do fine. I’d like to see another late inning guy added to the mix who can give you an inning or two and take the pressure off Tazawa, Miller and Breslow. Maybe Bailey can get it together? Maybe Aceves doing his 2011 role?

      Lineup is fine. Be nice if another RH bat could be found and Napoli get going with some April type displays to balance out those stats of RH versus LH pitching.

      You told me back in January this team would have most wins in AL by July 4th I’d get you some powerful meds.