Lackey Stellar Again For Red Sox, Gets Ovation As He Leaves Mound

July 3, 2013 2:09 PM
Lackey Stellar Again For Red Sox, Gets Ovation As He Leaves Mound
" BOSTON (CBS) -  It wasn’t too long ago that there were cries to run John Lackey out of town.

Now, he’s getting standing ovations as he walks off the mound at Fenway.

“I’m going out and pitching well, I think that’s all they want to see,” Lackey said of the reception he received from the Fenway faithful after tossing eight stellar innings in a 4-1 win over the Padres on Tuesday night.

Lackey allowed just one run off six hits against the Padres, improving to 6-5 on the season and lowering his ERA to 2.81 – the sixth-lowest in the American League.

The right-hander now has wins in four of his last five outings, and has gone seven innings or more in each of those starts. He’s allowed two runs or less in seven of his last nine outings.

“He’s on a great roll,” manager John Farrell said of Lackey. “The last three outings it looks like his arm-strength continues to build. We’re seeing some velocities on the board we haven’t seen in a while "

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