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Lackey hurls Red Sox to win over O's
Lackey picked up his first victory in four starts, and Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes each hit home runs to lead the Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over Baltimore before an announced 42,422 at Oriole Park.
"Any win is good," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "This is a very good team. They play right until the end and they've somewhat carved out a characteristic over the last year-plus, two years of late-inning comebacks. We expect it again tomorrow."
Lackey (4-5, 3.08) allowed two earned runs in the first inning and then gave up only three singles the rest of the way. He allowed seven hits, with four strikeouts and one walk on 101 pitches through seven innings.
Garcia (3-4) had allowed only two earned runs or fewer in four of his previous five starts.
Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado went 2-for-4 and leads the majors with 28 multi-hit games and 31 doubles this season. Matt Wieters hit his ninth home run of the season for Baltimore.The Orioles got the early lead when Nate McLouth led off the first with a single and scored on Machado's double. Nick Markakis and Adam Jones followed with back-to-back singles that increased the lead to 2-0 with runners on the corners with none out.However, Lackey buckled down and got out of the inning with no further damage by getting a ground out and two pop-ups.
Pedroia singled to center on the next pitch, and two batters later, Carp tied the game with a home run to right, snapping Boston's 18-inning scoreless streak.
"It happened because I got a guy on base who should be out. There's nothing you can do about it."
"It was a break for us," Pedroia said. "I just said, 'I thought I fouled that.' He said, 'Foul ball.' I thought I hit something. It was probably the ground. I don't know."
As Lackey continued to roll, the Red Sox continued to provide run support, A one-out home run to center field by Gomes provided a 5-2 lead and ended Garcia's day in the sixth.
"Us getting shut out is not going to last too long," Gomes said. "We've got some pretty good hitters on this team. It's a long season. We've been on the road for a little bit, so it's good."
NOTES: Red Sox third baseman Jose Iglesias extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the third. ... Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia singled in the fourth and has reached base safely in 63 games this season, the most in the majors. He also committed his first error of the season in the fifth. ... Baltimore held a World Wrestling Entertainment theme on Saturday, where very Orioles batter used pro wrestling entrance music prior to his at-bat. ... Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado extended his hitting streak to 13 games. ... Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden snapped an 0-for-21 skid with a single in the fifth.