If you watched last night’s Boston Red Sox versus Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field, you probably felt like you were at Six Flags of New England riding the Batman – The Dark Knight roller coaster.

Starting pitcher John Lackey(notes) #40 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Seattle Mariners  at Safeco Field on July 22, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. Lackey took a no-hitter into the eighth inning. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Your emotions went up as you watched John Lackey try to complete a no-hitter. Then they went down when you saw Josh Bard’s two-out single in the 8th break up said no-no. Then back up again as you realized the Red Sox were holding a 6-1 lead and had Manny Delcarmen, who was perfect since returning from the DL, coming into the game.

Your emotions went back down again as you watched MDC and Jonathan Papelbon implode as they allowed five runs in the bottom of the 9th to allow the Mariners to come back and tie the game and force yet another day of bonus baseball from the west coast. And finally if you made it to the end of the game, you were on that high of finishing the roller coaster ride as the Red Sox scored two runs in the 13th to beat the Mariners 8-6 after a perfect bottom half of the inning from Ramon Ramirez.

Honestly, I really don’t feel like talking about what happened in the 9th. It was ugly, plain and simple. But we should talk about Lackey’s performance.

Lackey finally looked like the pitcher the Red Sox made a five-year investment in. He attacked the strike zone and made his pitches count. The only run he allowed came on a walk, stolen base and a passed ball.

More importantly for Lackey though, it was his second straight good start and with Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett back plus Daisuke Matsuzaka finding his form (no need to mention Jon Lester here since we all know he’s the ace), the Red Sox starting pitching seems to be in good shape.

Now if the bullpen could just help them out, things would be a lot better.

For more slices of Red Sox goodness, head over to the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, ESPN Boston, NESN, Providence Journal and WEEI websites.

And if you must read the enemy papers, you can check out the Seattle Times, Everett Herald and Tacoma News Tribune websites.

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