BOSTON -- John Lackey is rolling again after two rough seasons that made his rich contract seem like a waste of money. Now the Boston Red Sox are getting what they paid for. Lackey allowed two hits in seven innings, gave up no earned runs for his second straight start and led the Red Sox to an 8-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on a rainy Friday night. "I had one bad year and needed surgery afterwards," he said, "Its not like Ive never been good before." Lackey was 14-11 in his first season after signing a five-year, $82.5 million contract as a free agent. Then he faltered in 2011, going 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA while battling elbow problems. He had Tommy John surgery after that season and missed all of 2012. Now hes 3-4 with a 2.72 ERA in a season in which hes allowed more than three earned runs in just one of his seven starts. And he said his elbow feels fine. "Hes not thinking about anything thats taken place in the past, either performance-wise or injury-wise," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "The benefit that he had coming into this year was that spring training started 16 months post-op for him, so he was a little bit further along in the recovery than maybe the typical Tommy John" patient. His season is going so well that the crowd, which booed him often during the 2011 season, chanted "Lackey, Lackey" after he finished his night by striking out Mark Reynolds and Jason Giambi to end the seventh inning. "Its been a lot of fun," Lackey said. "My arm strength is getting better. Endurance is getting better. Things are going on the right track." Mike Carp began the scoring with a three-run homer in the second, breaking an 0-for-21 slump. "It definitely means a lot," he said. "Ive been struggling for playing time and to have a big at bat like that it builds confidence heading into the next couple days." The homer also ended a 20-inning scoreless streak for Justin Masterson (7-3) and followed a walk to David Ortiz and a single by Mike Napoli. "This was probably the first (start) I didnt really feel the greatest," Masterson said. "I was just kind of pushing (the ball) to the plate. I dont know if the weather had anything to do with that." The Indians fell out of first place in the AL Central and a half-game behind the Detroit Tigers, who beat the Minnesota Twins 6-0. The Red Sox remained one game behind the AL East-leading New York Yankees, who beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-4. It was the second straight strong performance by Lackey. Last Sunday he gave up one hit and one unearned run in six innings of a 5-1 win at Minnesota. He left that game after a three-hour rain delay. The start of Fridays game was delayed by 44 minutes. "Both teams play in it, so its a better night if youre winning," Indians manager Terry Francona said. Lackey struck out eight, walked three and gave up an unearned run while pitching through a steady rain. He allowed only two of the 25 batters he faced to hit the ball out of the infield. "He had velocity," Francona said. "He ended up throwing that cutter very effectively, kind of ran it in on our lefties. As he got more successful with it, he started bringing it off the plate a little bit, opening up the rest of the plate." He also made a nice fielding play, ranging toward first base to pick up a grounder, skidding on his knees and throwing out speedy Michael Bourn in the sixth. "It was kind of a crazy night with the rain, kind of got everybody a little off balance probably," catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said, "but Lack did a great job. I think regardless of anything he was going to go out there and do that." Former Red Sox manager Francona received an ovation when he walked back to the dugout after making two pitching changes in the seventh, when Boston scored four runs. Francona returned to Fenway Park as an opposing manager on Thursday night for the first time since he was let go by the Red Sox after the 2011 season. The Indians won that game 12-3. After Carps homer, the Indians made it 3-1 in the third. Singles by Reynolds and Michael Brantley put runners at first and second before Lackey retired two batters. On a double-steal attempt, Saltalamacchia threw the ball into left field, allowing Reynolds to score and Brantley to reach third. The Red Sox made it 4-1 in the sixth when they loaded the bases with one out. Daniel Nava was hit by a pitch and Dustin Pedroia and Ortiz singled. Napoli grounded to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who threw to second baseman Jason Kipnis for a forceout. Kipnis throw to first pulled Nick Swisher off the bag as Napoli reached safely and Nava scored. Pedroia also tried to score, but Swisher threw him out. Boston took an 8-1 lead in the seventh on two-run singles by Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedroia. 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Are we going to find a way to win, or are we going to find a new way to lose?Hopefully weve ran out of ways.The Chargers blew late leads in losses at Kansas City and Indianapolis, and at home against the Saints.Then came last week, when another fumble by Melvin Gordon and another shank by rookie punter Drew Kaser allowed the Raiders to take the lead with almost 13 minutes to play. A botched hold by Kaser on a potential tying field goal with 2:07 left sealed the face-plant.Coach Mike McCoys job could be on the line, and the Chargers arent helping their already longshot chances of getting voters to approve a $1.1 billion public handout for a new stadium on Election Day.The defending Super Bowl champion Broncos have problems of their own. Coach Gary Kubiak was ordered by doctors to sit this one out because of a migraine condition that mimics strokes.Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis was named acting head coach for this game. Trevor Siemian is expected to return as quarterback for Denver after rookie Paxton Lynch struggled in a loss to the Falcons.Here are some things to look for as the Broncos try for their 16th straight division road victory while the Chargers try to end their division losing streak at 10:HEAD COACH: Denvers DeCamillis said hed love to be a head coach in the NFL someday, but hes not viewing this as an audition. You always think about it. I interviewed for the Chicago job so you think about it, he said. I dont really look as this opportunity as that, to be honest with you. I look at helping an organization and helping a friend and a coach. Thats what Im doing. 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The Chargers are 24-31 under McCoy and general manager Tom Telesco, also hired in January 2013. The last time the Chargers fired a coach during a season was when Kevin Gilbride lost his job six games into the 1998 season. The Chargers also fired legendary coach Don Coryell eight games into the 1986 season. The Chargers are 5-16 since John Spanos, the grandson of owner Alex Spanos, was promoted to president of football operations in May 2015. John Spanos had a big hand in hiring Telesco and McCoy.SATISFIED QB: Some pundits have suggested the Chargers should trade Rivers rather than continuing to waste his career. Rivers disagrees, saying hes been blessed to play in San Diego and raise his family here. There doesnt need to be any sympathy for me, said Rivers, who led the Chargers to the playoffs in his first four years as a starter. If form holds, San Diego will miss the playoffs for the sixth time in the past seven seasons.JOEY BOSA: The Chargers rookie defensive end had a nice NFL debut with two sacks and three tackles for losses in 27 snaps. Fans were left to wonder what could have been if Bosa hadnt missed all of training camp in a nasty contract dispute and then pulled a hamstring. Bosa said hes seen a change in fans attitude toward him. Its pretty funny. Its like, `Oh, dude, I hated you. And now I just bought your jersey. Its like, `All right, buddy. Thanks. 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