A defining moment for Lackey

At last, Boston's hard-luck starter gives the performance of his Red Sox career

Updated: October 16, 2013, 8:56 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

DETROIT -- The pitcher retired 10 consecutive batters and punched out eight guys using a cutter that flummoxed a potent lineup of power hitters.

When he finally (and reluctantly) handed the ball over to his manager late in the seventh inning, he hadn't given up a run.

He was the most dominant player in Game 3 of the ALCS.

Justin Verlander? Guess again.

Try the other guy on the mound.

Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, the most scrutinized, dissected and derided arm ...

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