Astros - 100 000 000 - 1 7 2 Red Sox - 100 220 10x - 6 11 1John Lackey (6-5-1-2-4, 81) was strong in his return to the rotation, David (.516) Ortiz picked up two more hits, and Stephen Drew cracked a two-run, tie-breaking triple in the fourth inning as the Red Sox swept a four-game series from the Astros. Boston outscored Houston 28-10.
Lackey may have been a little rusty in the first inning, allowing two walks and a single after there were two outs. But after giving up a single to start the second, he retired 13 in a row. With one out in the sixth, Lackey gave up three singles to load the bases, but got a strikeout and groundout to end the threat. Clayton Mortensen, Koji Uehara, and Andrew Bailey each pitched one inning.
Ortiz, Daniel Nava and Mike Carp each contributed a single and a double. ... Nava scored three runs. ... Both Ortiz and Drew had two RBI.
Boston has won 13 of their last 16 games, and is 18-7 for the season. Today's win tied the franchise record for most wins in April. The team has a chance to set a new record on Tuesday night in Toronto.
Ellsbury, CFLackey returns from the disabled list (right biceps strain) to make his second start of the season. On April 6, he went 4.1-5-2-1-8, 77.
Boston is 17-7. The club record for wins in April is 18 (1998 and 2003).