April 28, 2013

Lackey able to strong-arm Houston

The injury-plagued righthander shows no signs of the elbow and biceps problems that have long sidelined him.

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John Lackey
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John Lackey, just back from the 15-day disabled list, goes six solid innings against Houston on Sunday, winning his first game since 2011.

The Associated Press

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Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, right, is congratulated by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia after the last out in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park in Boston on Sunday. The Red Sox won, 6-1.

The Associated Press


WHO: Red Sox (Lester 4-0) at Toronto Blue Jays (Morrow0-2)

WHEN: 7:07 p.m. Tuesday


The missed opportunity didn't hurt Boston as the Red Sox scored twice in both the fourth and fifth innings.

Napoli led off the fourth with a blooper down the right field line and tried to stretch it into a double, but former pitcher Rick Ankiel's throw reached second well before Napoli and shortstop Gonzalez made the tag for one out.

The Red Sox still got two runs in the inning. Mike Carp and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit back-to-back singles and scored easily when Drew -- batting .136 coming in -- tripled down the right field line and the Red Sox took their first lead at 3-1.

"We needed it," Drew said. "Any time you can get two-out RBIs, it's huge. You put that with good starting pitching and good defense, that will win you ballgames."

In the fifth, Gonzalez bobbled a grounder by Nava and his hurried throw sailed well over first baseman Pena, then the Boston dugout. Gonzalez got two errors -- fielding and throwing -- which led to another run when Dustin Pedroia drove in Nava with a double. Carp added a two-out double to score Pedroia for a 5-1 lead.

NOTES: The Astros are 2-11 against Boston all time and winless in seven games at Fenway Park. ...

Houston's road trip continues Monday in New York, where the Astros open a three-game series against the Yankees.


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