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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 4, Padres 1

By Scott Barboza



BOSTON-- John Lackey turned in his longest outing since June 17, 2011 -- a no-decision against the Milwaukee Brewers -- by going eight innings as the Red Sox opened their final home series before the All-Star break with a 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres.

Lackey hung around the strike zone, throwing 73 strikes on 103 pitches while striking out six and walking one in earning his sixth win of the season.

He was locked in early, striking out the first two hitters of the game: first getting Logan Forsythe looking, then elevating with the fastball to get Chris Denorfia swinging.

Lackey faced just two batters over the minimum while striking out four through three innings. In addition, he exhibited a lively zip on his fastball that topped out at 96 m.p.h. to finish his first-inning strikeout of Denorfia. Along with a biting slider, Lackey was able to get a high yield of swing-and-miss strikes, particularly early.

He also was able to ratchet it up when trouble came calling. After allowing a lead-off double to Nick Hundley and single by Alexi Amarista to start the fifth, Lackey averted damage. After former Red Sox utility man Pedro Ciriaco reached on a fielder's choice, Lackey left runners stranded on first and third.

Lackey bounded back in the sixth, retiring the side in order, only to see his shutout bid dashed on Jesus Guzman's solo home run in the seventh.

Guzman's home run to left barely cleared the wall and originally was ruled a double. After Padres manager Bud Black conferred with umpires, no replay was sought and Guzman was awarded the round-trip trot.

Koji Uehara earned his fifth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning.

DOUBLE THE PLEASURE
If at once you fail, try, try again.

Brandon Snyder continued leaving his imprint since a June 25 call-up from Triple-A Pawtucket with a three-run, bases-clearing double in the fourth inning. Snyder collected his second double in as many games (both starts at third base), launching left-hander Robbie Erlin's 2-2 pitch -- his ninth of the at-bat -- high off the Green Monster, just to the left of the yellow line demarcating the end of the left-center-field wall.

On the previous pitch, Snyder nearly missed another potential base-clearing hit, lining one down the left-field line. The ball missed kicking up the chalk of the foul line by just inches near the storage bulkhead entrance.

On the very next pitch, however, Snyder didn't miss. He wasn't too far from his first career major league grand slam either.

In the end, Snyder perhaps got a little greedy though, trying to stretch a double into a triple. He was tagged out by Padres third baseman Chase Headley with ease.

But the way things are going for Snyder in his brief time with the club, who can blame him?

IGGY PLAYS BALL
Jose Iglesias kept his .400 clip on pace, going 2-for-3 with a two-out, RBI single in the sixth.

While Iglesias has now collected a hit in 33 of his 38 games with an at-bat in Boston this season, he showed a rather uncharacteristic lapse of reason on the basepaths. After rounding first on the base hit, Iglesias got caught in no-man's land and was tagged out to end the inning.

STILL RUNNIN'
Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a one-out single to center in the third. He then went on to swipe his major league-leading 33rd base on the year. ... Ciriaco, making his Fenway return, stole two bases.