Boston Red Sox defeat Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-5

The words flew whip-quick out of manager Terry Francona’s mouth as he sat down in front of the press corps last night.

He didn’t wait for a question.

“We played a crisp game,’’ he said. “Lackey was pretty good. And we scored.’’

The performance drew a laugh. Francona was clearly in a good mood, ready — after a far-too-long 3-hour-and-24-minute game — to hit the couch, to watch the Celtics take on the Lakers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Another win was in the books, th...