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  • November 28, 2017 7:30 PM PST

    BOSTON -- John Lackeys won-loss record hardly shows how good hes been for the Red Sox this season. Kendrys Morales Jersey . The teams most dependable starter, Lackey held down New Yorks resurgent offence and helped Boston break a three-game skid by beating the Yankees 6-1 on Saturday. "I think in this case the record doesnt show how well hes pitched and how consistent hes been," manager John Farrell said. "In a couple of occasions hes pitched on the wrong day and gone up against a starter thats held us in check. To his credit, hes earning everything that hes getting right now due to the commitment hes made in the off-season and how well hes pitched." Lackey (8-10), who missed last season while rehabbing from elbow surgery, has held opponents to three or fewer runs while pitching at least six innings in 14 starts, the most such outings on the club. "You cant do a whole lot about that," he said of his losing record. "Youve just got to go out and keep the game close. The records kind of out of my hands." Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, David Ortiz homered and the Red Sox rebounded from a 10-3 loss with 14 hits. "The biggest thing is our pitching and defence," shortstop Stephen Drew said. "If we have that, we have a chance to win every day." But on Saturday, Lackey received some extra run support, too. Four times in his previous seven starts, Boston didnt score while he was in the game. "Lackey was outstanding today," said Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, booed loudly again during each at-bat. "Threw the ball very well. Hes having a big year for them. And Papi, hes the heart and soul of that team. Obviously had another big day." Ortiz, Shane Victorino, Will Middlebrooks, Mike Carp and Daniel Nava each had two hits for the AL East leaders, who won for only the third time in nine games. Lackey relied mostly on his fastball, slider and changeup. He gave up one run and six hits while walking three over 6 2-3 innings to halt a four-game losing streak, the longest of his career. He was 0-4 with a 4.96 ERA in his previous five starts. "He seemed to get the big out when he needed to," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We got some baserunners on him, but he seemed to get the big out when he needed to." Alfonso Soriano extended his hitting tear with two singles in four at-bats for the Yankees, but was held without an RBI after matching a major league record with 18 over his previous four games. He is 15 for 22 (.682) in his last five games with five homers and nine runs scored. The Yankees had scored 10 or more runs in three of their last four. New York lost for just the second time in seven games. Hiroki Kuroda (11-8) matched a season high by giving up five runs -- three earned -- and 11 hits. He struck out six and did not walk a batter in 5 2-3 innings. The 38-year-old right-hander was 4-1 with a 0.94 ERA in his previous seven starts. Leading 3-1 in the sixth, Boston added two runs and chased Kuroda. Jarrod Saltalamacchia had an RBI single and scored on Ellsburys double off the base of the right-field wall. Ortiz homered into the centre-field seats off reliever Adam Warren in the seventh. The Red Sox took advantage of an error and a missed call to jump ahead 3-0 in the fourth. With runners at the corners and one out, first baseman Lyle Overbay fielded Drews grounder and fired wide of second. Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez had to jump to catch the ball and threw late to first, with Ortiz scoring from third to make it 1-0. Carp, who was safe at second, then stole third on the front end of double steal, though replays showed Rodriguez made the tag in time. Umpire Bill Welke, who ejected Carp for arguing a called third strike Friday night, pointed that he was safe. Middlebrooks and Ellsbury followed with consecutive RBI singles. "With the runners on, I wanted to minimize the damage," Kuroda said through a translator. "But I couldnt do that. ... It was a bad outing." Ichiro Suzukis run-scoring grounder cut it to 3-1 in the fifth. New York had runners on second and third with none out after a single by Overbay and a double by Chris Stewart, but Lackey retired the next three hitters on grounders. NOTES: Kuroda allowed a season-high 11 hits. ... Robinson Cano went 0 for 4, snapping his 11-game hitting streak. ... Yankees SS Derek Jeter, on the 15-day DL with a strained right calf, continued taking batting practice and fielding grounders at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., but is not running the bases. ... Boston 1B Mike Napoli was scratched from the original lineup because of a sore left foot. Farrell had planned to give Victorino the day off because hes had a sore hamstring, but decided to play him with Napoli sidelined. The switch-hitting Victorino continued to hit right-handed against right-handed pitching due to the sore leg. ... Boston 2B Dustin Pedroia turned 30. He fouled a ball off his left foot in the eighth and limped for a bit before finishing the at-bat. He was replaced on defence. Farrell said Pedroia was sore, but a scan at the ballpark came back "negative." ... Boston sends RHP Ryan Dempster (6-8, 4.50 ERA) to the mound against LHP CC Sabathia (10-10, 4.66) in the series finale Sunday night. Johnny Cueto Jersey .C. Lions. The clubs former starting quarterback, assistant and head coach returned Thursday as its receivers coach. Jeremy Guthrie Jersey . Interestingly, the culprits were not rookies, but well paid, experienced pros. The first gaffe came in the 24th minute of arguably the biggest early season MLS game in history between Seattle and Toronto. Sounder newcomer Marco Pappa, (with over 100 MLS games, and 39 Guatemalan Caps to his name) attempted a back pass to one of his central defenders.NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Ken Whisenhunt let his Tennessee Titans try to clean up their penalties on their own to no avail, so now the first-year coach will have officials at practice when they return from their bye.Rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger said they learned of the coachs plans Tuesday, which include a player flagged for a penalty in practice being replaced.The days of, My bad its really got to be over with this team, Mettenberger said. We have to own up to our mistakes and make sure they dont happen again.The Titans (2-6) are among the NFLs most penalized teams with 63 penalties for 580 yards, and some of the biggest repeat offenders have been on the offensive line where the Tennessee invested so heavily with two high-priced free agents in left guard Andy Levitre and right tackle Michael Oher and two first-round draft picks in rookie left tackle Taylor Lewan and right guard Chance Warmack.Offensive linemen account for 25 of the penalties with Levitre flagged the most with six followed by Warmack (five), Oher (four) and centre Brian Schwenke (three). Lewan has four penalties, though a couple came before the season-ending injury to veteran left tackle Michael Roos (three). Lewan, who was flagged for a face mask in Sundays 30-16 loss to Houston, says he thinks bringing officials in is a great idea.Its a little needed at this point, Lewan said. Were penalized quite a bit, and we cant have that.On paper, the line should be the strength of the Titans offence.Levitre was signed to a six-year, $46.8 million contract in March 2013, and the Titans gave Oher a four-year deal for $20 million this March. Warmack was the 10th overall draft selection out of Alabama in 2013, while they selected Lewan at No. 111 overall out of Michigan. Trevor Cahill Jersey. Lewan has started three straight since Roos had season-ending knee surgery.Whisenhunt has explained some of the offensive struggles by saying it can take time to mesh new players like Oher and Lewan, while the other three linemen also have had to learn a new offensive scheme. But the first-year coach said Monday he counted nine penalties on their last 22 drives, digging the offence into downs with distances that few plays can erase.Schwenke, a fourth-round draft selection out of California in 2013, said he hopes officials helps them wipe out the penalties.For the most part, say 99 per cent of the time, you can control your penalties whether its a bad technique or like a choice that you made like a bad decision, Schwenke said. I feel like individual players control that. And when youre held accountable during practices, youre pulled someone else going in ... you got to fix it or theres going to be consequences.Stopping penalties can be as simple as letting go of a defender once a linemans hands slide outside to avoid holding. Jumping offside requires a tighter focus. A short memory helps — to a point.You dont want to have a short memory with things that happening over and over, Schwenke said. If its a pattern that you need to fix something, you cant forget about it. You have to fix it.Levitre said the offensive linemen have a lot of pride in their group and want to show it on game day.It hasnt really been shown yet, but I think we still have it in us to go out and prove that we have a good offensive line, Levitre said.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Teresa M. Walker at www.twitter.com/teresamwalker Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '