The Red Sox squandered another solid outing by John Lackey and lost to the Detroit Tigers, 3-0, in a Labor Day matinee at Fenway Park Monday.
Lackey (8-12) went 7⅓ innings, striking out five, and didn’t give up a run until the seventh, when the Tigers touched him up for two.
Detroit starter Doug Fister got the win, working seven four-hit innings, and three relievers finished up the shutout.
Jose Veras picked up his 21st save, shutting the door on the Sox, who’ve lost four of five to the Tigers this season.
In the seventh, Victor Martinez tagged Lackey for a leadoff single, then Andy Dirks sent a 1-and-1 fastball into the triangle in center to score the first run of the day.
Lackey picked an awful time for his first walk, getting into an eight-pitch game of chicken with Omar Infante, who fouled off three pitches and ultimately worked the free pass.
That put Lackey in a tough spot with Don Kelly at the plate. He got the double play ball he was looking for, but Dirks was able to score for a 2-0 lead.
The last run was hung on Lackey in the eighth after he left Austin Jackson (single to left) and Torii Hunter (single to center) in scoring position for Matt Thornton, who gave up a Prince Fielder sacrifice fly to pad the lead.
In his past nine starts, Lackey has left with the lead only twice.
It looked for a fleeting moment as if the Sox would muster some late offense when Dustin Pedroia came through with a two-out double off Bruce Rondon in the bottom of the eighth.
But Rondon was throwing gas. Ten of the 19 pitches he threw clocked in at over 100 m.p.h., including one to David Ortiz that showed up on the Fenway scoreboard at 103.
One of them went wild and allowed Pedroia to take third. But all Ortiz could muster was a strikeout on a foul tip.
Dating to June 15, Lackey has gone at least six innings in 14 straight starts. His ERA over that span is 3.23. His win-loss record: 5-6.
Former Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias went 1 for 3 with a double and helped turn three double plays. He received relatively loud cheers from the Fenway crowd.