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The weather had been doing its best to get under John Lackey’s skin all week.
First it was the showers in Minnesota.
He was standing on the mound, in his own little zone having thrown six innings of one-run ball.
It had been six years since he had pitched that well that deep into a game.
He wanted to come out for one more inning.
A three-hour rain delay wouldn’t let him.
It was just as ugly in the hours leading up to his start Thursday night against the Indians at Fenway Park.
Persistent showers had the field soaked, the warning track muddy and the start time up in the air.
“The game got pushed back, we didn’t know what time and then they just sprung it on us,” said Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. “We just went out there and got loose.”
The 44-minute delay and conditions did nothing to knock Lackey out of the groove he’s gotten himself into.
He treated the Indians to a platter of fastballs, cutters, and curveballs over seven innings in the Sox’ 8-1 win, ringing up eight strikeouts for the third time this season.