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Closing Time: John Lackey, Red Sox get beaten up by Yankees

04.12.14 at 4:16 pm ET
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John Lackey was hammered for a career-worst four home runs, as the right-hander permitted all six Red Sox runs in a 7-4 loss to the Yankees.

A first-run, two-run homer by Carlos Beltran proved a harbinger. Brian McCann and Alfonso Soriano went deep in the fourth inning, and McCann got to Lackey for another longball — this time, a two-run shot — in the sixth. Though Lackey walked none and struck out six, he yielded 10 hits in his 5 2/3 innings. That ended his bid to open a season with victories in his first three starts for the first time in his career.

Lackey had only one outing in 2013 in which an opponent beat him up for a comparable yield, when the Yankees jumped on him for seven runs in 5 2/3 innings last September 7. Then, the Red Sox offense bailed him out in a 13-9 victory. Lackey received no such reprieve this time, as the Red Sox dropped to 5-7. They will look to salvage a split of the four-game set on Sunday night.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX

Hiroki Kuroda weaved out of trouble in the instances in which the Sox appeared to have him on the ropes, as the Sox — in a famliar refrain — went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

— The Sox’ most significant rally of the day sputtered to a halt as a result of a bold but ultimately unsuccessful decision. With runners on the corners and two outs, and the Sox having pushed a pair of runners across the plate in the top of the seventh, Mike Carp took off for second base and was gunned down with Xander Bogaerts at the plate. (Carp entered the day with two career steals in four attempts.)

“On the 0-2 count, we gambled a little bit to get 90 feet,” manager John Farrell told reporters. “I know we’re down two, with Xander at the plate, down in an 0-2 count, thinking there might be a breaking ball. So we sent him, just to try to create something, being a little bit more aggressive. It didn’t work out.”

— Right-hander Burke Badenhop continued to get hit hard, with Kelly Johnson launching a homer well over the center field fence and the Yankees subsequently adding a double and a single. He’s yielded seven extra-base hits in six innings.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX

A.J. Pierzynski continued to remain hot at the plate, going 2-for-4 with his first homer as a Red Sox. The homer to right was his first extra-base hit of the year. In his last five games, he’s 9-for-16 (.563).

— Though his caught stealing ended the inning, Carp delivered his first RBIs of the year, delivering a two-run single through a shifted infield in the seventh.

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