The Red Sox received a sterling performance from their starting pitcher for the fourth game in a row last night. But their modest three-game win streak did not continue.

John Lackey was good, but Brett Anderson was outstanding as the Athletics came away with a 5-0 victory that included some moments of controversy.

Anderson (1-1) held the Sox to four hits over eight innings. The lefthander walked one and struck out eight. That more than negated a solid start by Lackey, who gave up one run over six innings but fell to 1-2.