BOSTON (AP) - It was a repeat performance the John Lackey could have done without.
For the second straight start, the Boston Red Sox right-hander gave up six earned runs on 10 hits and couldn’t get out of the sixth inning. The result also was similar, an 8-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.
“Honestly, they had a couple walks, but they were in spots that wasn’t that big a deal against guys I didn’t really want to give in to,” Lackey said. “I felt OK with it.”
Last Saturday in a 7-4 loss to the New York Yankees, he worked 5 2-3 innings. On Friday, Lackey (2-2) lasted 5 1-3.
“”I thought he had good stuff tonight. He managed their lineup with a couple of walks that were instead of giving in,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “They had a number of ground balls that found some holes; bunched some hits together.”
The first four-hit game of Schoop’s career extended his hitting streak to seven games.
“Balls found holes,” Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. “Just one of those nights.”
Nick Markakis led off the game with a double down the left-field line. Red Sox manager John Farrell challenged the call, but it was upheld and Markakis scored on Adam Jones’ first hit, a ball fielded by Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts on the outfield grass.
“It looked foul from the mound, but obviously I don’t have that great of an angle on it,” Lackey said. “Brock (Holt, the Red Sox third baseman) also thought it was foul.”
Boston scored its first run on Holt’s base hit in fourth and added two more in the fifth on RBI singles from Dustin Pedroia and Pierzynski, who snapped an 0-for-15 stretch with the hit.
Orioles starter Chris Tillman (2-1) labored through five innings, throwing 122 pitches and giving up three earned runs on seven hits and four walks. He struck out five.
Tillman struck out Jackie Bradley with runners on first and second to end the Red Sox threat in the fifth.