Mike Carp drove in the winning run Wednesday to give Boston a 4-3
victory over the visiting Orioles (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Don’t be surprised if you spot Boston starter John Lackey on the corner of Lansdowne Street one day soon with a tin cup and a cardboard sign reading “Brother, can you spare a run?"
The Sox have scored an average of 5.60 runs per game for their starting pitchers except Lackey, who has only benefitted from an average of 3.96 runs per game in his starts. Of his 11 losses this year, the Sox have been shutout victims in five of them.
Wednesday night would not prove the exception to the rule, as Boston was only able to muster three runs against Baltimore before Lackey was lifted in the seventh, but he happily settled for a no-decision when Mike Carp laced a pinch-hit flare to left in the eighth to lift the Sox to a 4-3 win.
Lackey went seven-plus innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and striking out four ...