BALTIMORE -- It looked to be a long day for John Lackey in the first inning at Camden Yards Saturday. The first four Baltimore Orioles all reached base with hard-hit balls and quickly grabbed a 2-0 lead.
But just as quickly, Lackey turned the day around and allowed just three more hits through the seventh inning in what was probably his second-best outing of the season, leading to a 5-4 Red Sox victory.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Red Sox and gave them just their second win in six tries agains the Orioles this year.
The Sox overcame the early 2-0 deficit with a two-run homer from Mike Carp and a run-scoring double from Stephen Drew in the fourth.
Boston added a manufactured run on a single, stolen base, sacrifice and groundout in the fifth and got a solo homer from Jonny Gomes in the sixth to close out the scoring.
Matt Wieters smacked a two-run homer off closer Andrew Bailey in the ninth and a one-out single by J.J. Hardy brought the potential winning run to the plate, but pinch-runner Alexi Casilla apparently lost track of the number of outs and was doubled off first when Ryan Flaherty flied to right.
Lackey saw a four-game winless streak come to an end. His last victory had been back on May 24 against Cleveland, when he went seven innings and allowed just one run on two hits.
Koji Uejhara pitched a perfect eighth with three strikeouts.
AT A GLANCE
STAR OF THE GAME: John Lackey
Lackey rebounded nicely after allowing base hits to the first four hitters he faced, leading to a 2-0 lead for Baltimore. After that, he pitched seven innings and allowed just three more hits -- and no runs -- while snapping a personal four-game winless streak.
HONORABLE MENTION: Jonny Gomes
Gomes got a rare start and made the most of it, belting a solo homer and adding a single and scored two runs.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Alexi Casilla
Casilla is thought to be the Orioles' best baserunner and he went in to pinch-run for J.J. Hardy with one out in the ninth, representing the potential tying run. But when Ryan Flaherty lined a ball to right, Casilla got a bad read and took off. He was doubled off first for the final out of the game.
TURNING POINT: The Red Sox led 4-2 when a rare error by Dustin Pedroia put leadoff man Nate McLouth on first and and Taylor Teagarden on third with no out. But the Sox quickly recovered as Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw out McLouth trying to steal, and Lackey retired the next two hitters to end the threat.
BY THE NUMBERS: Saturday marked the first time all season that the Orioles had had two would-be basestealers thrown out in the same game.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "That might bave been the key to the game. We're sitting there with two runs in, first and second, nobody out and he did just an outstanding of shutting it off at two runs.'' -- John Farrell on John Lackey.