Associated Press -John Lackey (6-5) won his fourth straight decision and has a winning record for the first time since late in 2011. He missed all of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery and after an early scare in April appears to be throwing the way he did a few years ago when he was one of the top pitchers in the American League.
Lackey struck out six and scattered six hits while walking just one. The only run he allowed was a solo homer by Jesus Guzman in the seventh. Koji Uehara replaced Lackey in the ninth and struck out two, earning his fifth save for the Red Sox, who improved to 6-1 during a nine-game homestand.
The Padres have lost four straight and six of seven. San Diego rookie Robbie Erlin (1-1) threw 93 pitches over 3 2/3 innings before getting pulled after Brandon Snyder's bases-clearing double in the third put Boston up 3-0.