Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, May 24, 2013.

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Red Sox top Indians 8-1 behind Lackey's pitching

  • Article by: HOWARD ULMAN
  • Associated Press
  • May 24, 2013 - 11:36 PM

BOSTON - John Lackey allowed two hits in seven innings, Mike Carp hit a three-run homer and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 8-1 on a rainy Friday night.

It was the second straight strong performance by Lackey, who missed all last season following Tommy John elbow surgery. Last Sunday he gave up one hit and one unearned run in six innings of a 5-1 win at Minnesota. He left that game after a three-hour rain delay.

After a 44-minute delay before Friday's game, Lackey (3-4) struck out eight, walked three and gave up an unearned run while pitching through a steady rain. He allowed only two of the 25 batters he faced to hit the ball out of the infield.

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