Lackey throws 3 shutout innings in Boston win

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — John Lackey is off to a nice start with the Red Sox.

The right-hander threw three shutout innings in Boston's 8-2 victory over Jason Bay and the New York Mets on Thursday.

Lackey allowed three hits in his second spring outing and has yet to allow a run since he finalized an $82.5 million, five-year contract with the Red Sox in December.

After Lackey was finished on the field, he got some work done in the bullpen before showers caused a 30-minute delay after the fourth inning.

Bay, playing in his first game against his former team, went 0 for 2 before leaving during the delay.

Mike Pelfrey allowed three runs and four hits — all in the first — over three innings for New York. He struck out four and walked one.