Sweeps and more

The Boston Red Sox had no trouble sweeping a four-game set from the Hapless Astros, outscoring them by a 28-10 margin in games that were not even that close. At 18-7, the worst to first Red Sox have the majors’ best record and have won five straight. On Sunday, John Lackey (1-1) got his first win since Aug. 23, 2011. David Ortiz, who just announced he is getting divorced, now has 11 RBI in eight games and is batting .516.

The Yankees kept pace in the AL East by sweeping the Terrible Jays. The Yankees are now 15-9 and 14-5 following the 1-4 start that was no surprise considering their depleted corps. After their 3-2 victory yesterday over R.A. Dickey, they are 4-0 in one-run games. Dickey is now 2-4 giving him more losses than he suffered in his 2012 20-3 Cy Young season. The Jays are eight games under .500 in April for the first time since 2004 after being outscored 19-13 in the four games all decided by either one or two runs. Mariano Rivera earned his ninth save in nine chances.

Sunday, Cole Hamels picked up his first win of the season as his Phillies beat the Mets 5-1 to finish a three-game sweep. Phillies outscored the Mets, 18-5.

After being swept by the Giants last weekend, the Padres swept the Giants this weekend at Petco Park. It was San Diego’s first three-game sweep of the Giants since May 11-13, 2010, in San Francisco. heir last home sweep of the Giants was April 19-21, 2010. The Friars outscored the Giants, 16-12.

Miguel Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 12 games as he hit a three-run homer to lead the Tigers over the Braves, 8-3 to complete a three-game sweep. Atlanta has lost four straight and is 3-8 since a 12-1 start. The Tigers outscored Atlanta, 25-7.

  • The White Sox and Rays split four.
  • The Cubs took three-of-four from the Miserable Marlins. Giancarlo Stanton hit his first three homers of the season.
  • The Nationals took three-of-four from the Reds.
  • The Rangers split four with the Twins, but with Minnesota taking the last two, the Rangers lost two straight for the first time this season.
  • The Pirates moved into first place in the NL Central taking two-of-three from the Cardinals. The Cardinals lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
  • The Orioles took two-of-three from the A’s but they will be thinking they should have swept. Yoenis Cespedes hit a tying two-run homer in the 9th and then the A’s won the game on a Little League series of walkoff errors.
  • Seattle took two-of-three from the Angels. It was their first series victory of the year.
  • The Dodgers took two-of-three from the Brewers. Clayton Kershaw retired 18 consecutive batters and struck out 12 in eight shutout innings on Sunday.
  • The Diamondbacks took three-of-four from the Rockies. Adding injury to insult, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left the game because with a strained left shoulder.
  • The Royals and Indians complete their four game set tonight; the Royals have taken two-of-the-first-three.