Recap - Sox bats FINALLY give Lackey support

Jim Monaghan
Contributing writer

John Lackey held the Yankees to just one run over 6.2 innings and the Red Sox offense pounded out fourteen hits as Boston beat New York 6-1 at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon to even the three-game series at a game apiece.

Lackey (pictured) and Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda matched zeroes until the Red Sox scored three times in the bottom of the fourth inning. David Ortiz scored the first run on a Lyle Overbay throwing error, and Will Middlebrooks and Jacoby Ellsbury each had RBI singles.

The Yankees got a run back in the top of the fifth on an RBI ground out by Ichiro Suzuki but were shutout the rest of the way by a combination of Lackey, Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara. The relievers pitched a combined 2.1 innings and allowed just two hits and no walks while striking out three.

The Red Sox scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and an RBI double by Ellsbury. Ortiz completed the scoring with a solo home run in the seventh, his twenty-fourth of the year.

Ellsbury had three hits to up his average to .298; Shane Victorino, Ortiz, Mike Carp, Daniel Nava and Middlebrooks each had a pair.

Dustin Pedroia left the game after fouling a ball off his left ankle. Post-game X-rays were negative.

The Red Sox will send Ryan Dempster to the mound Sunday night against C.C. Sabathia in the series finale.

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