BOSTON -- John Lackey had a simple explanation for his recent resurgence. Julian Draxler Jersey . "Im healthy," Lackey said after pitching eight strong innings for Boston in a 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. "Ive been locating the ball pretty good, but it has happened before, you know." Not this frequently, and not recently. Lackey (6-5) won his fourth straight decision and has a winning record for the first time since late in 2011. He missed all of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery and after an early scare in April appears to be throwing the way he did a few years ago when he was one of the top pitchers in the American League. Lackey struck out six and scattered six hits while walking just one. The only run he allowed was a solo homer by Jesus Guzman in the seventh. "Hes been a good pitcher for a long time," Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. "Its just a matter of being healthy, having a feel, having the velocity back. And thats what hes doing." Boston fans, who repeatedly booed Lackey as he struggled through injuries two years ago, cheered him as he left the mound after the top of the eighth. "Im just having a good time pitching," Lackey said. "Im not really worried about what slack I need to pick up or any of that. I missed a full season. Im enjoying feeling good and enjoying competing." Koji Uehara replaced Lackey in the ninth and struck out two, earning his fifth save for the Red Sox, who improved to 6-1 during a nine-game homestand. The Padres have lost four straight and six of seven. San Diego rookie Robbie Erlin (1-1) threw 93 pitches over 3 2-3 innings before getting pulled after Brandon Snyders bases-clearing double in the third put Boston up 3-0. "He had to work for every out he had. It drove his pitch-count up," manager Bud Black said. "The ball off the wall with the bases loaded was the backbreaker. But Robbie competed. For a young pitcher coming in here, he didnt back down, didnt scare off, went at them." Lackey last had a winning record at 12-11 in late 2011, when he finished the season 12-12 and missed all of last year recovering from surgery. He needed only six pitches to get out of the sixth inning before Guzman spoiled the shutout bid in the seventh with a shot off the top of the Green Monster in left. The umpires held up Guzman at second briefly before conferring and ruling it was a homer without going to video replay. Boston fans booed the call, but replays showed it was correct. David Ortiz hit his 500th career double in the first and Jose Iglesias added an RBI single in the sixth for Boston. Erlin was solid through the first three innings, but could not get himself out of trouble in the fourth. Ortiz led off with a single and Mike Napoli followed with a walk. After striking out Jonny Gomes for the first out, Erlin walked Saltalamacchia to load the bases for Snyder. Snyder forced Erlin to throw nine pitches, fouling off five before hitting a double off the upper right corner of the Green Monster -- just a few feet more to the right and it would have been a grand slam. Snyder was thrown out trying to stretch out a triple, which would have left Erlin liable for another possible run. Erlin was done for the night after Snyder tagged his 93rd pitch. He allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in 3 2-3 innings. "I felt like I was one pitch away the entire time until that last pitch," said Erlin, who was making his third career start. "I tried to go inside, left it belt-high over the plate, and he hit it off the wall." Iglesias added an RBI single in the sixth to put Boston up 4-0, then the Padres broke up Lackeys shutout bid on Guzmans homer to left in the seventh. Boston nearly took the lead in the first when Dustin Pedroia walked and tried to score from first base on Ortiz double down the right-field line. 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.Y. -- Leading 3-0 with only 11:25 left, the Colorado Avalanche committed a seemingly meaningless penalty to give the New York Islanders a power play.Bournemouth boss has Eddie Howe praised Benik Afobes contribution during their 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening. The former Wolves striker has now scored three goals in three games after moving in January, with his goal at Selhurst Park sealing the win for the Cherries.Howes men came from behind to win for the first time this season after Scott Dann gave the Eagles the lead just before the break, but Marc Pugh got Bournemouth level not long after. Afobe netted from a saved Matt Ritchie shot in the second half to ensure all three points for the seaside club, and the manager praised his striker for his contribution throughout the game.Its a great lift for him and a great lift for us because you need the main striker in your side to give you goals and hes done that, Howe told Sky Sports after the win.I thought he linked the play very well, in the second half too. He always works hard and theres more to come. Hes only young so the future looks bright for him. Benik Afobe celebrates scoring Bournemouths winner against Crystal Palace It was a great goal from Marc as well. We needed it at a time when we hadnt really given them too many problems defensively.It was a great pass from Charlie Daniels and he took it really well, checked and finished it off. Weve seen him do it many times down the years and it was great to see that one go in. Jozy Altidore Jersey. .Crystal Palace certainly had the better chances throughout the game, but lacked the cutting edge to nab a point, with Bournemouth condemning the south Londoners to a fifth successive Premier League defeat. Marc Pugh celebrates scoring Bournemouths first goal of the game But the Cherries boss was under no illusions that a midweek trip to Selhurst Park would be a stern test for his side - who still arent completely clear of the relegation places.A Tuesday night here was always going to be a tough examination for us, Howe added.Crystal Palace played very well in the first half, they put a lot of balls in our box and their players were a constant threat which we didnt deal with very well.It took us until half time to get to grips with the game and then I thought we got some passing going and caused some problems in the second half. We were lucky to be in the game and stay in the game as we did in the first half. We came out as a different side after the break, we were a lot better and I felt we just about deserved it in the end. Also See: Afobe seals Bournemouth win As it happened Mersons transfer window grades What did your club buy? Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '