John Lackey pitched 8 innings of 2-run ball and the Red Sox scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 6th as Boston beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 at Fenway Park.
Lackey (pictured) gave up 6 hits and 1 walk while strking out 5 in earning his 4th win of the season. He threw 74 of his 112 pitches for strikes.
Rays starter Erik Bedard kept the Red Sox in check for his 5 innings of work allowing just 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks. The lone run came on a Shane Victorino sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 5th scoring Will Middlebrooks.
Boston put the game away in the bottom of the 6th inning. Back-to-back walks allowed by Tampa reliever Brandon Gomes were followed by a 1-out RBI single by A.J. Pierzynski. Middlebrooks, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Victorino all contributed RBI doubles. David Ortiz singled home the final run in the bottom of the 8th.
Victorino led the Boston 13-hit attack with 4 hits, his 1st 4-hit game of 2014. Pierzynski & Bradley each had a pair of hits. Xander Bogaerts was the only starter without at least 1 hit.
With the win, the 4th in their last 6 games and the 8th in their last 13, the Red Sox moved to within a game of .500.
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