Boston’s John Lackey (2-4) gave up eight runs on 10 hits in four innings to leave his earned run average at 7.16 as the Red Sox dropped to 14-17 in Major League Baseball.
“There’s a sense of me needing to pitch well to get some momentum going,” Lackey told reporters at Fenway Park in Boston. “If I would have pitched better early on, I think our guys might have found a little more energy.”
Mark Trumbo hit his sixth homer of the season and Bobby Abreu drove in three runs for Los Angeles, which split the four- game series with the Red Sox to advance to 18-14 this season.
Joel Pineiro (1-0) got his first win of the season, allowing three hits and four walks while striking out two in 5 2/3 innings.
At Citi Field in New York, Mike Pelfrey (2-3) allowed one earned run on four hits while striking out five and walking two over 7 2/3 innings. Jonathan Sanchez (2-2) took the loss for the Giants (15-16), allowing five earned runs in five innings, with six strikeouts and six walks.
Beltran’s Fifth Homer
The Mets (13-18) got three runs in the second inning. Ronny Paulino hit into a double play that knocked in Jason Bay and Sanchez then walked Scott Hairston and Pelfrey, New York’s eighth and ninth batters, who scored when Jose Reyes tripled to center field.
The first Giants’ hit came in the fourth inning, an upper- deck home run to right field by shortstop Mike Fontenot.
Beltran added his fifth home run of the season in the fifth inning.
At Comerica Park in Detroit, the Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to snap a 2-2 tie before going on to beat the Yankees 6-3.
Brandon Inge hit a sacrifice fly off losing pitcher A.J. Burnett to give Detroit the lead and the Tigers scored two more runs on a throwing error by shortstop Eduardo Nunez, who started in place of Derek Jeter.
“He’s a kid that’s exciting when he’s on the base paths, and he’s shown that he’s got some pop in his bat, and he can do some things offensively,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said of Nunez. “He’s struggling a little bit right now throwing, and it’s something we have to get him through.”
Brennan Boesch drove in the other three runs for the Tigers (15-17), who won the final three games of the four-game series.
Nunez and Eric Chavez each drove in a run for New York (17- 12), which has scored four runs over the last three games.
In the American League, it was Tampa Bay 3, Toronto 1; Kansas City 9, Baltimore 1; and Cleveland 4, Oakland 3 (12 innings).
Also last night in the National League, it was Cincinnati 10, Houston 4; St. Louis 6, Florida 3; Atlanta 2, Milwaukee 1; Philadelphia 7, Washington 3 and Arizona 3, Colorado 2.
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