Wednesday night at Fenway, John Lackey was the other starting pitcher.

The one who wasn't caked with pine tar. The one who wasn't ejected in an embarrassing manner. And the one who pitched his team to a win with an impressive outing.

While counterpart Michael Pineda found himself being examined and tossed in the second, Lackey went eight innings and allowed just one run in a 5-1 victory over the Yankees.

"He was outstanding,'' said John Farrell. "We staked him to an early lead. He made a lot of big pitches, particularly early on. He threw a lot of strikes, got ahead in the count. He had very good fastball location, a much more consistent curveball. But more than anything, it was his ability to stay out of the middle of the plate. That's an offense that can do a lot of damage quick and he slowed them down with good location and a good breaking ball.''

The outing was important for two reasons. First, Lackey had been shellacked in his last two outings and needed to make some adjustments. Secondly, the Sox bullpen had been so overworked of late that the team needed to make an emergency call-up of Alex Wilson just to give them another available arm.