Boston, MA (Sports Network) - John Lackey tossed eight outstanding innings and
Brandon Snyder delivered a three-run double that helped the Boston Red Sox to
a 4-1 victory over the slumping San Diego Padres in the opener of a three-game
interleague series from Fenway Park.
Lackey (6-5) limited the Padres to six hits and struck out six with just one
walk to improve to 5-1 over his last nine starts. The veteran right-hander's
only blemish of the evening came when Jesus Guzman homered to lead off the top
of the seventh inning.
Jose Iglesias finished 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the win, the sixth in
seven games for the AL-leading Red Sox, who received two hits as well from
Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz and Jonny Gomes.
San Diego, meanwhile, was dealt a fourth straight loss and have mustered a
mere four runs during that stretch.
Guzman accounted for two of the Padres' six hits. San Diego starter Robbie
Erlin (1-1) lasted just 3 2/3 innings, surrendering three runs on five hits
and walking three batters.
Erlin worked in and out of trouble for much of his first career major league
start on the road, keeping the contest scoreless through three innings with
the aid of a perfect relay throw from second baseman Logan Forsythe that
gunned down Dustin Pedroia attempting to cross the plate on Ortiz's double to
end the bottom of the first.
The rookie couldn't prevent Boston from doing damage in the fourth, though.
After an Ortiz single and a pair of walks loaded the bases with just one out,
Snyder concluded a nine-pitch battle with Erlin by drilling a fastball high
off the Green Monster that cleared the sacks and ended the young lefty's
Lackey, on the other hand, cruised through San Diego's sputtering lineup until
encountering a jam in the fifth. The Padres placed two in scoring position
with none out on a Nick Hundley double and Alexi Amarista's single, but
neither former Red Sox Pedro Ciriaco nor Forsythe could get the ball out of
the infield and push a run across before Lackey got Chris Denorfia to line to
second and stop the threat.
Boston gave Lackey some additional breathing room when Gomes doubled off Tim
Stauffer to open the bottom of the sixth and later came around on Iglesias'
two-out single for a 4-0 lead.
Guzman finally got San Diego on the board by beginning the seventh with his
fourth homer of the season, which halted a string of 17 consecutive innings in
which the Padres failed to score.
San Diego managed just one more baserunner the rest of the way, with Lackey
setting down six of the final seven hitters he faced.
Koji Uehara tossed a perfect ninth to post his fifth save of the season.
Ortiz's double in the first inning was the 500th of his career and extended
his hitting streak to eight games, while Ellsbury is now batting .412 (21-
for-51) during a 12-game tear after finishing 2-for-4 ... Lackey lowered
his AL-leading ERA in home games to 1.32 on the season ... Padres manager Bud
Black and Red Sox skipper John Farrell were teammates with the Cleveland
Indians from 1988-90 and opposed one another for the first time in their
present positions ... The Red Sox are an MLB-best 121-66 in interleague play
since 2003 and have won 14 of their last 18 clashes with the NL.
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