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Another off night for Lackey

Phillies expose pitcher's ongoing problems with consistency, command

Updated: May 22, 2010, 7:05 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Red Sox pitcher John Lackey is known for consistency.

It's not often that the veteran right-hander has lost back-to-back starts in his career. In fact, since the start of the 2008 season, he has lost in consecutive games only twice. On the heels of a 5-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers in his previous start, Lackey took a pounding Friday night and suffered another loss as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Red Sox 5-1 at Citizens Bank Park.

Lackey worked only five ...

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