A 4-3 lead went up in smoke in the 6th inning, and Boston lost to the Baltimore Orioles, 7-4.
John Lackey lasted 5.1 innings, allowing 5 earned runs, 10 hits and a walk while striking out 11. It's the third straight game that he's allowed at least four earned runs. Two of those runs Saturday night came in a 6th inning that ultimately doomed the Sox.
After striking out Nick Hundley for his 11th strikeout of the night, Lackey gave up a single to Jonathan Schoop and then walked Nick Markakis. That would be it for him after 120 pitches, and in came Burke Badenhop.
Badenhop allowed a single to Steve Pearce right away, scoring Schoop, and another single to the next batter, Adam Jones, to right field where Daniel Nava bobbled the ball allowing Markakis to score.
Nelson Cruz then reach on an infield single to second base, scoring Pearce. Badenhop's night was over, as Tommy Layne made his Sox debut. Layne walked Chris Davis to load the bases before J.J. Hardy grounded into a fielder's choice to third base, scoring Jones.
Manny Machado then lined back to Layne who made a nice play to end the inning - thankfully.
Boston was looking good for a short while anyways.
Stephen Drew hit his second home run of the day - and season - in the fourth inning, a two-run shot to right field that tied the game. Later in the fourth, Brock Holt doubled in A.J. Pierzynki, and Daniel Nava singled home Holt the next at-bat.
That made it 4-2 Sox before Nelson Cruz crushed a solo shot over the Monster in the 5th inning.
Cruz had five hits on the night - the homer, two doubles and two singles. He was thrown out at third base trying to stretch a double into a triple in the 8th inning.
All in all, the Orioles belted out 16 hits to the Red Sox 6. Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez walked 5 batters before the Sox got their first hit of the game in the 4th inning. Jimenez would be pulled during that inning after allowing 5 hits and a walk.