The Red Sox got another strong start from John Lackey, but it wasn't good enough to best Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda threw seven innings allowing two runs on five hits, while striking out four. Lackey went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on ten hits while striking out seven. Both pitchers were extremely effective early on as the first run of the game wasn't scored until the fifth inning.
"John pitched a very strong six-plus innings for us," said manager John Farrell "I thought in that seventh inning things started to back up a little bit on him and I totally understand in these kinds of conditions. I felt where we were in the part in the order, to go with a left-hander was the call. John was strong, he didn't issue a walk to contribute to their base hits and they were after him in the early parts of the count because he does throw so many strikes. They strung some hits together, but he stayed away from the big inning."
Matt Thornton took over for Lackey in the seventh with first and second and no outs, but he couldn't escape as he allowed both runners to score. He was not charged with a run over one inning of work. After Pedro Beato allowed the first two batters of the ninth to reach (one on an error), Drake Britton made his major league debut and allowed just one of those runners to score on a sacrifice from Robinson Cano to account for the fifth Yankees run.
Daniel Nava was thrown out in the plate in the first inning trying to score on a David Ortiz single to left, and Mike Carp was thrown out trying to score on a passed ball in the fifth. Both plays summed up the day for the Sox offense as they couldn't score until a Jonny Gomes sacrifice fly and then Carp scoring on a wild pitch in the seventh inning. Carp led the offense with three hits in the loss.
The teams will play the rubber game of their three-game series tomorrow night (8:05, ESPN) where Ryan Dempster will get the call for the Red Sox, after Jon Lester was pushed back to Tuesday, and be opposed by CC Sabathia.
What they'll be saying: These games are bound to happen when you are aggressive on the bases like the Red Sox are. In addition to the two runners thrown out at the plate, Nava was thrown out at second base trying to tag on a ball caught reaching into the stands by Yankees catcher Chris Stewart. This ended the eighth inning with David Ortiz and the tying run on deck. Farrell called it "over-aggressiveness" following the game ... Although Lackey didn't have his best stuff he still pitched well enough to win. The game snapped a six-game streak of him allowing two runs or less.