But then they hit the seventh inning where everything fell apart. Lackey gave up a two-run lead and the Red Sox ended up falling to the A's for the second straight night, this time by the score of 4-3.
After the game, however, manager Terry Francona insisted that it wasn't Lackey that cost the team the game, it was missed opportunities throughout that did the Sox in.
"I think, more than anything, it wasn't Lack, but we didn't spread the game out," Francona told Heidi Watney after the game. "Because of our inability to spread the game out, every run was so crucial. We talked about not having a margin for error and tonight was a good example. If we spread that game out, it doesn't matter."
Check out the video below to hear what Terry Francona thought Oakland starter Brett Anderson did so well to limit the Red Sox to only two runs despite having chances all night.
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