John Lackey, Red Sox can't recover from slow start, drop series to Royals

Rob Bradford
August 11, 2013 - 1:09 pm

The Royals jumped all over John Lackey early on, and James Shields held off the Red Sox long enough to hand Kansas City a 4-3 win over the Sox, Sunday at Kauffman Stadium. Lackey, who was dealing with a sprained ankle suffered in his last outing, allowed runs in each of his first three innings. The flurry came after the Red Sox had initially jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first thanks to an errant pickoff attempt by catcher Salvador Perez. After Alex Gordon's third-inning solo homer in the third inning made it 4-1, Lackey settled down. The Red Sox' starter finished his seven-inning outing giving up four runs on seven hits, throwing 111 pitches. The Sox closed within a run in the sixth inning thanks to Ryan Lavarnway's two-run single off Shields, scoring  Daniel Nava and Stephen Drew. Drew and Lavarnway were the only two Red Sox with multiple-hit games. Red Sox reliever Drake Britton escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth inning by inducing a ground out to third off the bat of Alcides Escobar before striking out Jarrod Dyson Shields earned his seventh win, going seven innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits. Click here for the entire box score.