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More hard luck for John Lackey

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 24, 2013 01:12 AM

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LOS ANGELES — John Lackey has started 23 games for the Red Sox this season and is 8-11.

Talk about a useless statistic.

Lackey pitched one of his best games of the season tonight in a 2-0 loss against the Dodgers. He allowed two runs on three hits over eight innings and struck out six without a walk. Lackey needed only 97 pitches to navigate those eight innings and threw 69 of them for strikes.

A two-run homer by Hanley Ramirez beat him. Carl Crawford (2 for 3) was aboard.

As he walked off the mound in the eighth inning, Lackey pounded his right fist into his glove and shouted at the night sky above Dodger Stadium.

"More than a little frustration," he said.

Consider:

• Lackey has made 16 quality starts and is 8-5 in those games.

• Lackey has started five of the 10 games the Red Sox were shut out.

• The Sox have scored three or fewer runs in 12 of Lackey's 23 starts.

• Lackey has a 4.06 strikeout-to-walk ratio, the best of his career.

• Lackey has a 3.17 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Justin Masterson has a 3.50 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP and he's 14-9.

“I want to win the game, man. I didn’t come here for ERA. I came here to try and win a championship,” Lackey said.

Ricky Nolasco dominated the Red Sox. He allowed two hits, struck out six without a walk and hit one in a game that lasted only two hours and seven minutes. He threw 101 pitches, 66 strikes. Kenley Jansen got the save as the final 22 Red Sox went in order.

“From a righthander that’s as good a start as we’ve seen against us,” John Farrell said.

The Red Sox have lost six of their last nine games and nine of their last 14. They have not won consecutive games since Aug. 6-7 and are now percentage points behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East.

See the Globe or BostonGlobe.com for more tomorrow.

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