Carp siezes the night as Red Sox romp

Jim Monaghan
Contributing writer

Mike Carp deposited a hanging slider from Cleveland starter Justin Masterson into the right field grandstand with two on in the bottom of the 2nd inning to get the Red Sox on the road to an 8-1 win at soggy, rainy Fenway Park.

Boston sent John Lackey to the mound. He responded with seven innings of 2-hit ball, allowing just 1 unearned run. He walked 3 while striking out 8. He threw 71 of his season-high 109 pitches for strikes.

Alfredo Aceves, just back from AAA Pawtucket, pitched a scoreless 9th inning.

Carp (pictured) broke an oh-for-21 slump with the home run, his third of the season.

The defensive play of the game came from Pedroia in the top of the second inning. He made a diving stop on a hard ground ball by Jason Giambi and flipped the ball with his glove hand to Stephen Drew who stepped on the bag and then threw across to first to complete the 4-6-3 DP.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia each drove in two runs.

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