Lackey done in by the long ball

Lackey done in by the long ball
July 26, 2013, 11:15 pm
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BALTIMORE -- John Lackey didn't get a lick of support Friday night, as his teammates managed just four hits -- and just four baserunners after the first inning.    

But Lackey wasn't at his sharpest, either, allowing five runs in 6 1/3 innings pitched, leading to a 6-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.    

It was Lackey's second straight loss after he lost to Hiroki Kuroda and the New York Yankees last Saturday and marked the first time all season that he's allowed three earned runs or more in consecutive starts.    

Prior to the start of the Yankees' outing, Lackey had had six straight starts in which he allowed two earned runs or fewer.    

The long ball hurt Lackey Friday. He gave up an opposite-field two-run homer to Adam Jones in the first; a solo homer -- also to the opposite field -- in the fifth; and a solo shot to Manny Machado in the seventh, his final hitter of the game.    

It was the second start this year in which Lackey allowed three homers. Like this one, the first one came in a hitter-friendly ballpark (Citizen's Bank Ballpark on May 29 aganist the Phillies).    

"I thought he threw two decent fastballs to Jones and he hits them out the other way,'' said manager John Farrell. "He's around the plate. He's going to give up some balls that are going to be hit hard. And in this ballpark, you get the ball in the air, anything can happen.''    

"I felt OK,'' Lackey, 7-8, shrugged. "I thought they took advantage of a couple of things. The ballpark got me a couple of times. But their guy (Chris Tillman) pitched pretty good.''    

Lackey said the quality of his stuff "wasn't a whole lot different'' than it's been this season.    

"I felt fine,'' he said. "I just didn't pitch good enough tonight.''