Wednesday June 01, 2011 | 07:09 AM

Drove down to Fenway Tuesday to write how the Red Sox have turned it around. Picked a game where Alfreda Aceves lost his first game in two years, as Boston was down 10-1 at one point.

Josh Reddick (double, sacrifice fly) and David Ortiz (his 12th home, 10th in Many) made it closer, but Boston still lost and dropped a game behind the Yankees in the AL East.

Still, as the column points out, May was a good month for Boston.

Good news for Sox was heard from Pawtucket, where John Lackey's rehab outing went fine (5 2/3, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 BB; 63 pitches/46 strikes). He is good to go Sunday against the A's.

Pawtucket won the game by scoring 2 runs in the 11th, including the Daniel Nava's first home run ... Luis Exposito (.218) hit his second home run of the year earlier in the game.

Portland got a strong Double-A debut by Chris Balcom-Miller (6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K), but no offensive support in a 2-0 loss, the first of two defeats in a doubleheader in New Britain.

Alex Hassan went 2-for-4 in the two games, with four walks. He is batting .349, with an outrageous .471 on-base percentage.

In other Sea Dogs news, starter Stephen Fife went on the disabled list Tuesday. No reason was given.

I am on my way back to Fenway today. I will check in later.

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