By Sean McAdam
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BOSTON -- The weather was miserable. John Lackey wasn't much better.
In a game delayed at the start and three more times once it began, Lackey handed the San Diego Padres a 4-0 lead after four innings and the Padres held on to beat the Red Sox 5-1 in a game called after 8 12 innings at water-logged Fenway Park.
Lackey allowed a leadoff homer to Will Venable, the first batter of the afternoon. In a four-run fourth that he wouldn't finish, he allowed runs on a bases-loaded walk, a bases-loaded hit batsman and a wild pitch before yielding one in a more convention fashion -- a run-scoring single to right by Chase Headley.
The loss dropped Lackey to 5-6 and saw his ERA soar to 7.36 for the season. In 11 starts in 2011, Lackey has given up five or more runs in almost half (five) of his outings.
Three Red Sox relievers -- Michael Bowden, Matt Albers and Dan Wheeler -- combined to give the Red Sox 5 23 innings of shutout relief, but the damage had been done.
The Red Sox' 2-3-4 hitters -- Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz -- combined for 8 of the team's 10 hits, but the Sox stranded nine runners and were a woeful 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position. In dropping the second game in a row to the lowly Padres, the Sox stranded 20 baserunners and were 5-for-20 with RISP.
The lone Boston run came in the fifth when Gonzalez (four hits) singled home Jacoby Ellsbury from second base.
After dropping the series to the Padres, the Red Sox finished the home portion of their interleague scheduled with a 5-4 record, a year after going 8-1 against NL teams at Fenway.
STAR OF THE GAME: Clayton Richard
Richard entered the game with a 2-9 record, but you wouldn't have known that watching him beat the Red Sox.
He did a better job with the elements and delays that his opposing starter, limiting the Sox' lineup to a single run over five innings, minimizing the damage done against him.
HONORABLE MENTION: Will Venable
Venable got the Padres off to a quick 1-0 lead when he hammered a leadoff homer in the top of the first.
He later worked a bases-loaded walk and ended the game with two runs scored and two RBI.
GOAT OF THE GAME: John Lackey
For the fifth time in 11 starts, Lackey gave up five runs or more in a start.
Wednesday, he couldn't get his team out of the fourth inning, resulting in his shortest outing since April, 19, 2010.
TURNING POINT: In the fourth inning, Lackey struggled with the rain and his grip and walked one hitter and hit another -- both with the bases loaded -- as the game got away from the Sox.
BY THE NUMBERS: The Red Sox stranded nine baserunners, giving them 20 stranded in the two losses to the Padres.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "You guys are going to write whatever you want.'' John Lackey, after being asked if he had trouble gripping a particular pitch in the rain.