Lackey’s strong start leads Red Sox over Orioles

After dropping the first two games of the weekend series with the Orioles, a solid start from John Lackey led the way in the Red Sox’ 5-4 win over the Orioles Saturday afternoon at Camden Yards.

Things didn’t go as smooth as they should’ve as the Sox led 5-2 going into the bottom ninth, but a two-run home run from Matt Wieters off of closer Andrew Bailey cut the deficit to 5-4. Fortunately for the Red Sox, the game ended on a bad base running mistake by pinch-runner Alexi Casilla. It appeared he forgot how many outs there were and was doubled off first by right fielder Shane Victorino to end the game.

Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes (two hits) both homered for the Sox in the win and Jose Iglesias extended his hitting streak to an astonishing 16-games. Every starter recorded a hit except for Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Red Sox trailed 2-0 after the first, but quickly regained the lead scoring three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Aside from allowing two runs in the first inning, Lackey pitched extremely well. The right-hander went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out four. He allowed just three hits after the first inning. Koji Uehara struck out the side in the eighth before Bailey came on for the ninth.

The teams will close out their four-game series tomorrow afternoon (1:35, NESN) where Jon Lester will get the ball for the Sox as the Orioles will counter with Miquel Gonzalez.

What they’ll be saying: The start by Lackey was a very encouraging one especially with the state of the Red Sox starting rotation. Throwing 101 pitches he probably could have went back out for the eighth, but with a fairly rested bullpen it was not needed. Lackey has now won four games this season and lowered his ERA to 3.08. Despite his 4-5 record, he has asserted himself as the Sox’ No. 3 starter being the most consistent starter behind Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester … Carp continues to produce in every situation he is given — now filling in for the sick Mike Napoli at first base. Of his 33 hits, 19 have gone for extra bases.


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