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The Red Sox completed their sweep of the LA Angels of Anaheim, celebrating Easter with a 7-0 win behind John Lackey. Lackey pitched eight scoreless innings, giving up six hits and one walk while striking out six. The Red Sox got their eighth win in the last nine games and now are only one win away from being .500 after the dreadful 2-10 start.
The Red Sox plated three runs in the top of the first before Lackey even stepped on the mound. Boston scored those three runs off an RBI double from Adrian Gonzales, an RBI single from David Ortiz and a run scoring groundout by Mike Cameron.
Those three runs proved to be plenty for Lackey, who came into the game with a 9.82 ERA, but the Sox did not stop scoring. Boston scored once in the fifth and then added two more runs on Carl Crawford’s first home run with the team in the sixth. Crawford took the 3-2 pitch off Hisanori Takahashi deep to right field then trotted the bases with a huge smile on his face. It was great to see him swing the bat well and get the first home run out of the way so he can hopefully start feeling more comfortable at the plate.
The Sox completed the four game sweep on the heels of their starting pitching.
The Red Sox have a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles starting this upcoming Tuesday.