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BOSTON -- John Lackey had a simple explanation for his recent resurgence.
"I'm healthy," Lackey said after pitching eight strong innings for Boston in a 4-1 victory against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. "I've been locating the ball pretty good, but it has happened before, you know."
Not this frequently, and not recently.
Lackey (6-5) won his fourth straight decision and has a winning record for the first time since late in 2011. He missed all of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery and after an early scare in April appears to be throwing the way he did a few years ago when he was one of the top pitchers in the American League.
Lackey struck out six and scattered six hits while walking just one. The only run he allowed was a solo homer by Jesus Guzman in the seventh.
"He's been a good pitcher for a long time," Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. "It's just a matter of being healthy, having a feel, having the velocity back. And that's what he's doing."
Boston fans, who repeatedly booed Lackey as he struggled through injuries two years ago, cheered him as he left the mound after the top of the eighth.
"I'm just having a good time pitching," Lackey said. "I'm not really worried about what slack I need to pick up or any of that. I missed a full season. I'm enjoying feeling good and enjoying competing."
Koji Uehara replaced Lackey in the ninth and struck out two, earning his fifth save for the Red Sox, who improved to 6-1 during a nine-game homestand.
The Padres have lost four straight and six of seven.
"He had to work for every out he had. It drove his pitch-count up," manager Bud Black said. "The ball off the wall with the bases loaded was the backbreaker. But Robbie competed. For a young pitcher coming in here, he didn't back down, didn't scare off, went at them."
Lackey last had a winning record at 12-11 in late 2011, when he finished the season 12-12 and missed all of last year recovering from surgery. He needed only six pitches to get out of the sixth inning before Guzman spoiled the shutout bid in the seventh with a shot off the top of the Green Monster in left. The umpires held up Guzman at second briefly before conferring and ruling it was a homer without going to video replay. Boston fans booed the call, but replays showed it was correct.
Erlin was solid through the first three innings, but could not get himself out of trouble in the fourth. Ortiz led off with a single and Mike Napoli followed with a walk. After striking out Jonny Gomes for the first out, Erlin walked Saltalamacchia to load the bases for Snyder.
Snyder forced Erlin to throw nine pitches, fouling off five before hitting a double off the upper right corner of the Green Monster -- just a few feet more to the right and it would have been a grand slam. Snyder was thrown out trying to stretch out a triple, which would have left Erlin liable for another possible run.
Erlin was done for the night after Snyder tagged his 93rd pitch. He allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings.
"I felt like I was one pitch away the entire time until that last pitch," said Erlin, who was making his third career start. "I tried to go inside, left it belt-high over the plate, and he hit it off the wall."
Iglesias added an RBI single in the sixth to put Boston up 4-0, then the Padres broke up Lackey's shutout bid on Guzman's homer to left in the seventh.
Boston nearly took the lead in the first when Dustin Pedroia walked and tried to score from first base on Ortiz' double down the right-field line. But Chris Denorfia hit second baseman Logan Forsythe with the relay and Forsythe threw out Pedroia at the plate.
|Brandon Snyder watches his drive head toward the left-center-field wall. The three-run double puts Boston ahead to stay. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|San Diego Padres|
|Logan Forsythe, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.259|
|Chris Denorfia, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.268|
|Carlos Quentin, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.266|
|Chase Headley, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.218|
|Kyle Blanks, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.270|
|Jesus Guzman, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.226|
|Nick Hundley, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.239|
|Alexi Amarista, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.246|
|Pedro Ciriaco, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.238|
|2B - Kyle Blanks (12, Lackey), Jesus Guzman (8, Lackey), Nick Hundley (13, Lackey)|
|HR - Jesus Guzman (4, Lackey)|
|RBI - Jesus Guzman (14)|
|SB - Pedro Ciriaco 2 (8, 2nd base off Lackey/Saltalamacchia)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Alexi Amarista 2, Chris Denorfia 1|
|DP - Hundley-Ciriaco|
|San Diego Padres|
|Robbie Erlin (L,1-1)||3.2||5||3||3||3||1||0||4.34|
|Pitches-Strikes - Robbie Erlin 93-57, Tim Stauffer 39-23, Joe Thatcher 17-11, Dale Thayer 20-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Robbie Erlin 2-6, Tim Stauffer 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Robbie Erlin 17, Tim Stauffer 10, Joe Thatcher 4, Dale Thayer 4|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.299|
|Shane Victorino, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.286|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||1||0||0||0||3||0||1||.321|
|David Ortiz, DH||4||1||2||0||0||0||3||.320|
|Mike Napoli, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||2||1||.259|
|Jonny Gomes, LF||4||1||2||0||0||1||2||.225|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||2||1||0||0||2||0||2||.260|
|Brandon Snyder, 3B||3||0||1||3||0||0||2||.333|
|Mike Carp, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.310|
|Jose Iglesias, SS||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||.415|
|a-struck out for Snyder in the 8th|
|2B - David Ortiz (18, Erlin), Jonny Gomes (9, Stauffer), Brandon Snyder (2, Erlin)|
|RBI - Brandon Snyder 3 (5), Jose Iglesias (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Iglesias (4)|
|SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (33, 2nd base off Erlin/Hundley), Dustin Pedroia (12, 2nd base off Thatcher/Hundley)|
|CS - Dustin Pedroia (3, 2nd base by Stauffer/Hundley)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Boston Red Sox|
|John Lackey (W,6-5)||8||6||1||1||1||6||1||2.81|
|Koji Uehara (S,5)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.06|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 103-73, Koji Uehara 13-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 7-11|
|Batters Faced - John Lackey 31, Koji Uehara 3|
|Attendance - 36498|
|Game Time - 2:48|
|Temperature - 71|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Angel Hernandez|