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Back on the mound Sunday for the Red Sox was John Lackey, who was previously on the disabled list with a right elbow strain, otherwise known as “time to clear your head.” Lackey’s wife has been battling cancer, and that, along with his horrendous on-field performance (8.01 ERA heading into Sunday), have combined to make the Sox righty a bit down in dumps.
Lackey appeared to be at ease on the mound Sunday, for the most part. Aided by inning-ending double plays in the first two frames, Lackey allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in 5.2 innings to get his third win of the year in a 6-3 final.
Red Sox killer Brett Anderson (4-1, 2.08 ERA career vs. BOS) was finally ineffective against Boston, allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks in 5.0 innings pitched. He gave up two HRs in the loss, with Carl Crawford (3-run shot in the second) and Adrian Gonzalez (2-run shot in the fourth).
Jarrod Saltalamacchia continued to swing a hot bat, going 3-4 with a couple of singles and a triple. He also scored a run.
David Ortiz also went 3-4, while Dustin Pedroia went 2-4 with an RBI.
Kevin Youkilis (0-4) and Mike Cameron (0-3) were the only Sox regulars without a hit.
Daniel Bard pitched the ninth for his first save of the season. You may recall that Jonathan Papelbon had a rough, emotional outing the previous day.
Crawford got the Sox going with his a three-run shot in the second inning. He added a walk in a 1-2 effort, raising his batting average to .248, which is a far, far cry from where he was by the end of April.
Cameron went 0-3 and is now hitting only .167 this season. Man, the Red Sox could use another righthanded bat off the bench.
W: John Lackey (3-5)
L: Brett Anderson (3-6)
SV: Daniel Bard (1)