BOSTON (AP) _ John Lackey retired 15 straight batters after a shaky start, Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz had three hits each and the Boston Red Sox won for the 12th time in 13 games with a 10-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.
Tied at 4 in the fifth inning, the Red Sox went ahead to stay on Gonzalez’s leadoff homer. They added two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh.
Boston increased its AL East lead to 21/2 games over the New York Yankees, who lost 3-1 to the Chicago Cubs. Milwaukee’s lead in the NL Central was cut to a half game over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Lackey (5-5) improved to 3-0 since coming off the disabled list.
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