Jim Monaghan
Contributing writer

Dustin Pedroia's two-out, two-RBI single in the top of the eighth inning snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted the Red Sox to a 4-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night at Oakland Coliseum.

John Lackey improved his record to 7-6 and has now won six of his last eleven starts.

Boston jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on Brock Holt's two-RBI single driving in Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava. Meanwhile Lackey (pictured) kept Oakland in check, not allowing a hit until the bottom of the fifth inning. The A's touched him for single runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings.

Lackey gave the Red Sox seven very strong innings allowing two runs on three hits. He walked four and struck out five; sixty five of his one hundred thirteen pitches were strikes.

Andrew Bailey walked the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the eighth but got Josh Donaldson to fly out and struck out Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes. Koji Uehara struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save of the season.

Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-4 to end his nineteen-game hitting streak.

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Jim Monaghan 7/13/2013 01:17:00 AM Edit
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