That’s the thing about this game. You never really know how it’s going to turn out. We started out behind, but then we tied it up and scored an insurance run. And that insurance run was actually the winning run, as it turns out. All it took was one extra run and a solid pitching performance, and there you go.
Lackey turned in his latest solid start: three runs on seven hits, one walk, and four strikeouts over seven and a third innings. Fortunately, we managed to tie it up and then take the lead.
He secured the game’s first out but then gave up the game’s first run thanks to a single-double combination. He issued a walk to lead off the third, and one out later, he gave up a home run. He also gave up a solo shot to lead off the sixth. After inducing a popout to lead off the eighth, Breslow came in and completed the eighth. Uehara got a save for his work in the ninth.
We got on the board in the third. Drew led off with a walk and scored on a single by Victorino. Drew led off the seventh with a single, Bogaerts lined out, Ellsbury singled, Victorino lined out, and Drew and Ellsbury both scored on a single by Pedroia. Two outs into the eighth, Salty doubled and scored on a single by Carp.
It was just a single. And Carp wasn’t even starting. He came in to pinch-hit. He came in to pinch-hit and laid down a perfect single at the perfect time. It’s funny how that works out. So we ended up winning, 4-3.