DENVER -- The Red Sox' bid to secure the American League's best record got sidetracked Tuesday night with a lopsided 8-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies in the first game of the team's final road trip of the season.
John Lackey, who was given an extra start in the final week in part to help him even his won-loss record for the season, instead suffered the loss and will finish the year with a losing record.
Lackey, 10-13, wasn't sharp, allowing four runs on six hits in six innings of work. He fell victim to the long ball, with three of the six hits off him going for solo homers.
Charlie Blackmon led off the bottom of the first with a homer that just reached the seats in right. In the third, Troy Tulowitzki struck with a bomb to center field with two outs. Outfielder Corey Dickerson added yet another solo shot -- also after two were out -- in the fourth.
The Sox were held hitless by Tyler Chatwood until the fourth and scoreless until the seventh when some sloppy rockies defense helped the Sox to a run.
Following a two-out double by Will Middlebrooks, first baseman Todd Helton made a fine diving backhand stop on a ball hit by Jackie Bradley Jr. But Chatwood, covering first, dropped Helton's feed, then compounded things by firing wildly to home as Middlebrooks scored.
Bradley Jr. took third on the double error, but was cut down at the plate when he attempted to score on a pitch that got away from catcher Jordan Pacheco.
Drake Britton and Brandon Workman combined to allow four runs in the Colorado seventh, putting the game out of reach and rendering Jarrod Saltalamacchia's two-run homer in the ninth relatively meaningless.
STAR OF THE GAME: Tyler Chatwood
The Rockies starter tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the Sox and didn't allow so much as a hit until Dustin Pedroia reached on an infield single in the fourth.
HONORABLE MENTION: Michael Cuddyer
The outfielder is going for the National League batting title and had a 2-for-4 night with a run scored and two RBI. Cuddyer doubled in the first then chipped an opposite-field single in the seventh, scoring two.
GOAT OF THE GAME: John Lackey
Lackey wasn't sharp from the first hitter, allowing three homers and four runs over six innings. The first homer -- to leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon - may have been a Coors Field special, just reaching the seats in right, but there was nothing cheap about the next two off Lackey.
TURNING POINT: The Rockies were leading 4-1 when Drake Britton and Brandon Workman combined to allow four runs in the seventh, effectively putting the game out of reach.
BY THE NUMBERS: Of the fourteen homers Jarrod Saltalamacchia has hit this season, just three - including the one Tuesday night - have come on the road.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "Not our best night from the mound." John Lackey on the team's poor pitching.