Thunderstorms drowned John Lackey’s shot yesterday at completing one of the finest starts as a member of the Red Sox.

On the bright side, though, two things did happen.

One, the Red Sox won, which meant Lackey doubled his win total to two in his increasingly intriguing and promising season.

Two, a three-hour rain delay meant Lackey could catch up on “The Sandlot,” the kid-centric baseball flick that played at Target Field during the down time.

“Hadn’t seen that in a while, so that was solid,” said Lackey with a smile that is starting to show up more often than not — a big change of pace from his previous three Sox seasons.

Lackey was more than solid yesterday — he was outstanding.

He had a perfect game through four innings. And when that got ruined by Trevor Plouffe’s leadoff double in the fifth inning, he ignored it — just as he did shortstop Pedro Ciriaco’s throwing error on what should have been an inning-ending double play.

No arm-flapping, no muttering from Lackey. No problem at all, actually. He calmly got a ground ball from the next batter and walked away from the only man-made threat he faced all day.

Mother Nature beat him, not the Twins.

“Even when he did get (hit) in the one inning, I thought he made a quality pitch for what seemed at the time a tailor-made double play,” said manager John Farrell. “He limited the damage to really zero. Overall, just a solid performance for him.”

The fifth inning was the only non-perfect inning for Lackey all day. He retired the Twins in order in the sixth, and came out to start the seventh and face the heart of the Minnesota lineup. Justin Morneau was digging into the batter’s box and Lackey was set to throw his 85th pitch of the day when the floodgates opened and the wise call to halt the game was made.

For a little while, well before “The Sandlot” reached its dramatic peak when the “Babe Ruth” ball went over the fence and the gang of kids just could not get it back, Lackey entertained the idea that he could go back out there and finish, or come close to finishing the job.