Game over: Red Sox 4, Padres 1 – Koji Uehara saved the game for John Lackey with a 1-2-3 ninth. Lackey was superb again – one run over eight innings, six strikeouts, and 106 pitches. The game was played in 2:48 before 36,498 at Fenway.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 4, Padres 1 – Salty walks with two outs. Mike Carp, pinch hitting for Brandon Snyder, struck out.
Top 8th: Red Sox 4, Padres 1 – Only a Chris Denorfia walk. Lackey appears to be done after another strong outing.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 4, Padres 1 – A Dustin Pedroia steal – his 12th – highlighted the inning.
Top 7th: Red Sox 4, Padres 1 – Jesus Guzman hit a Fenway homer that was originally called a ball hit off the wall. Angel Hernandez needed help making the cal and after umpires huddled they ruled home run without looking at replay. They got the call right, however.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 4, Padres 0 – Jose Iglesias singled to center scoring Jonny Gomes and then, I know, it’s hard to believe, gets thrown out trying to stretch it to a double.
Top 6th: Red Sox 3, Padres 0 – Lackey sets the side down in order.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 3, Padres 0 – Dustin Pedroia walked, but was caught stealing as Mike Napoli struck out to end the inning.
Top 5th: Red Sox 3, Padres 0 – Nice Houdini by Lackey who had the first two Padres reach but got out of it.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 3, Padres 0 – Brandon Snyder is making some nice memories in a hurry. His double high atop the left-center field wall, drove in three. He was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple. That was the end of Erlin. On came Tim Stauffer.
Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Padres 0 – Another two-out double against Lackey, this one by Kyle Blanks, results in nothing as Lackey fanned Guzman to end the inning.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Padres 0 – Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He also tried to make things happen. He stole second, his 33d of the season, and then tagged and went to third on Victorino’s fly ball to right. The ball got away from third baseman Chase Headley, but was backed up by the pitcher. Pedroia went 2 for 2 against Erlin, but flew to right.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Padres 0 – Pedro Ciriaco reached on an infield single to shortstop, but Lackey struck out Forsythe for the second time and got Denorfia to fly to left field.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Padres 0 – Jonny Gomes singled to the base of the Monster with one out, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Brandon Snyder flew out to end the threat.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Padres 0 – Lackey allowed a two-out double to left to Jesus Guzman, but was able to get Nick Hundley to fly to center for the final out.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Padres 0 – Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino made quick outs against Padres starter Robbie Erlin. Dustin Pedroia walked. David Ortiz then doubled to right, but the epidemic of thrown out runners continued as Carlos Quentin fired a strike to the plate where it appeared Nick Hundley missed the tag, but got the call.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Padres 0 – Don’t know where the velocity is coming from, but John Lackey is throwing 95-96 miles per hour. He struck out Logan Forsythe and Chris Denorfia and got Carlos Quentin to ground out to short. Quentin entered the game 8 for 13 (.615) with four homers and eight RBIs vs. Lackey.