A strong Lackey outing keys Red Sox 6-1 win over Astros

On a day when the Celtics staved off elimination with a 97-90 overtime win over the Knicks at the TD Garden, John Lackey threw 6 strong innings and the Red Sox offense responded with 11 hits as Boston completed a 4-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 6-1 win at Fenway Park.

Manager John Farrell was hoping Lackey could give him 5 innings; his pitcher responded with 6. Making his 1st start since leaving a game back on April 6th with a bicep strain, Lackey allowed just 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. He threw 56 of his 81 pitches for strikes.

Daniel Nava (pictured), David Ortiz, and Mike Carp each had a pair of hits to pace the Boston attack. Ortiz and Stephen Drew each drove in 2 runs.

Nava flashed some leather as well, making a full-extension diving catch in right field for the final out of the game.

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