June 26, 2013

Lackey strikes out 12, Sox sweep Rockies

The Associated Press

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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey claps after striking out Colorado Rockies' Tyler Colvin to end the top of the fourth inning of an interleague baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Boston Red Sox's Stephen Drew (7) is tagged out at the plate by Colorado Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba as he tries to score on a fielder's choice during the sixth inning of an interleague baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

"I felt like both starts actually were better than what they turned out to be," he said. "That's baseball, you know? Maybe the next two starts I get some lucky breaks. It seems like the first two I've had a couple of breaks here and there that didn't really fall my way, but I'm going to keep throwing strikes and make them hit the ball and see what happens."

Boston increased it to 5-1 in the third on Mike Napoli's bases-loaded RBI single. He improved to 6 for 9 and four RBIs this season with the bases full. Nava followed with a sacrifice fly before Oswalt got the next two outs to strand runners on second and third.

In the sixth, the Rockies cut it to 5-2 on Cuddyer's leadoff homer off a billboard above the Monster seats. They had runners on first and third with one out before Lackey struck out Tyler Colvin and got Yorvit Torrealba on a liner to center.

In the eighth, Cuddyer hit a different sign above the left-field seats leading off against Junichi Tazawa.

Colorado had grabbed a 1-0 lead on when Rosario singled after Carlos Gonzalez singled and stole second.

NOTES: Cuddyer had his ninth career multihomer game, first since July 24, 2012, at Arizona. ... Buchholz, on the DL since June 9, had to cut short a bullpen session. Farrell said he had an MRI, but didn't know the results. ... Boston entered the day leading the majors with 172 doubles and had three more. ... Rockies OF Dexter Fowler was out with a sore right wrist. ... The Red Sox activated RHP Clayton Mortensen from the 15-day disabled list after optioning RHP Pedro Beato to Triple-A a night earlier. Mortensen was sidelined since June 11 with a strained right groin. ... The teams are scheduled to meet again in Colorado on Sept. 24 and 25 for the Rockies' final two home games of the season. ... The Rockies host the Mets in a makeup of the teams' April 17 snowed-out game Thursday. New York's Tyler Chatwood (4-1, 2.22 ERA is slated to face Jeremy Hefner (2-6, 3.89 ERA). ... Boston is scheduled to play the first of four against the Blue Jays Thursday. Jon Lester (7-4, 4.57ERA) is expected to face Toronto's Chien-Ming Wang (1-0, 2.18). ... Boston's Stephen Drew had a triple for the second straight game.

 

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