Lackey pitches into sixth for Red Sox

The Associated Press
Thursday, March 17, 2011; 5:22 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- 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 Jonathon Niese went five innings, giving up five runs - four earned - on seven hits and a walk. He had seven strikeouts.

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