No-luck Lackey extends streak of strong starts

No-luck Lackey extends streak of strong starts
August 29, 2013, 12:30 am
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BOSTON - It's the longest streak of his career.

John Lackey has pitched at least six innings in each of his past 14 starts. It's also the longest such streak by a Red Sox pitcher since Jon Lester pitched six innings or more in 17 consecutive starts in 2010.

Unfortunately for Lackey, he was left with a no-decision after the 4-3 victory Wednesday night over the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. His 7 1/3 innings of three-run ball gave him his team-leading 17th quality start. Still, Lackey has gone winless in nine of those games.

Lackey allowed two of his three runs on solo home runs to Manny Machado -- putting the Orioles up 2-0 in the top of the third -- and to Chris Davis -- putting the Orioles up 3-0 in the top of the sixth.

He gave up seven hits and struck out four while walking only one batter, and he left the game with one out in the eighth, in a tie ballgame, which the Red Sox eventually won.

Lackey's work didn't go overlooked.

"Once again, he walks out to begin the eighth inning," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "With the exception of a couple of pitches that found the middle of the plate -- the cutter to Davis and the fastball that came back to the middle of the plate on Machado -- other than that, a lot of strikes, high strike percentage. It forces the opposition to beat him, and has not created any other situations by issuing one walk. Another strong performance on his part."