Jun 26, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey (41) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

John Lackey Fans 12 in Boston Red Sox Victory Over Colorado Rockies

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey moves his overall record to .500 as they take another game from the Colorado Rockies, 5-3, and move to a three-game lead in the American League East.

Lackey gave up eight hits but struck out 12 batters and surrendered just two earned runs, boosting his record to an even 5-5 and his earned run average fell to 2.99.

”Probably the strongest he’s been all year,” Boston manager John Farrell said in the AP recap. ”Outstanding fastball command, good power to it and a lot of strikes.”

The starter now has eight games where he’s struck out five or more batters, half of those totaled eight or more. Those 12 he struck out was easily his best performance of the season.

Lackey has given up two earned runs in his last three starts. He’s given up 11 earned runs this month compared to 12 in all of May, but he also had one additional start last month.

Boston now takes control of the AL East with a three game lead over the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles before the Wednesday night games ended. The Rockies now fall to a dismal 16-23 on the road and slip under .500 to 39-40 overall.

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