Lackey Pitches into the Sixth Inning as the Red Sox Beat the Mets

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ John Lackey pitched into the sixth inning Thursday, leading the Boston Red Sox to an 8-5 victory over the New York Mets.

Lackey gave up a run and five hits in 5 1-3 innings. He walked one, hit a batter and struck out two. It was the first walk and hit batter Lackey has allowed in 15 2-3 innings this spring.

Carl Crawford and Jed Lowrie each had two hits for Boston, and Drew Sutton hit a two-run homer.
Justin Turner went 2 for 2 with a run scored and three RBIs for the Mets.

Left-hander Jon  Niese went five innings, giving up five runs _ four earned _ on seven hits and a walk. He had seven strikeouts.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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