BOSTON — John Lackey's won-loss record hardly shows how good he has been for the Red Sox this season.
The team's most dependable starter, Lackey (8-10) held down the Yankees' resurgent offense and helped Boston break a three-game skid with a 6-1 win Saturday.
"I think in this case the record doesn't show how well he's pitched and how consistent he's been," manager John Farrell said. "In a couple of occasions he's pitched on the wrong day and gone up against a starter that's held us in check. To his credit, he's earning everything that he's getting right now due to the commitment he's made in the offseason and how well he's pitched."
Lackey, who missed last season while rehabbing from elbow surgery, has allowed three or fewer runs while pitching at least six innings in 14 starts, the most such outings on the club.
"You can't do a whole lot about that," he said of his losing record. "You've just got to go out and keep the game close. The record's kind of out of my hands."
Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and David Ortiz homered for AL East-leading Boston.
"The biggest thing is our pitching and defense," shortstop Stephen Drew said. "If we have that, we have a chance to win every day."