After a series of offensive fireworks in Seattle, the Red Sox relied on some small ball to push runs across the plate in a 4-2 win in Oakland Friday night. Boston used everything from aggressive baserunning to sacrifice bunts in the game, advancing runners into scoring position and using a couple of two-run singles to give John Lackey enough run support to earn his seventh win of the season. After a Jose Iglesias single with the game tied in the top of the eighth inning, Brock Holt successfully sacrifice bunted him over to second base — a play that proved crucial when Jacoby Ellsbury hit what would have been a double-play ball to the second baseman in the next at-bat. Instead, Iglesias moved to third and scored along with Shane Victorino on a single from Dustin Pedroia. That single gave the Red Sox a lead they would not surrender. It was another stellar night for Lackey, who only allowed two runs on three hits through seven innings pitched. That effort was enough to hold off Jarrod Parker, who retired the last 16 Red Sox he faced after allowing two runs in the second inning.
Lackey, Pedroia lead Red Sox in 4-2 victory over A's
WEEI Boston | Jul 13