Originally posted on CLNS Radio  |  Last updated 4/29/13
  After taking two of three from a strong Athletics team, the Red Sox were faced with much less of a challenge as the Houston Astros rolled into Boston for a four-game set to close out the homestand. Just as a good team should, the Sox swept the series, improving to 18-7 on the season, and head to Toronto with a 2.5 game lead over the Yankees in the AL East and the best record in baseball.   Game 1 – Red Sox 7, Astros 2 W: Buchholz (5-0) L: Humber (0-5) Just as it has been in all of his starts so far this season, Clay Buchholz’s dominant pitching was the story of the series opener. Striking out ten and giving up only two earned runs on six hits over 7.2 innings, Buchholz improved to 5-0 on the season with a 1.19 ERA (third in MLB). The Red Sox offense struck early against the struggling Humber (0-5, 7.99 ERA on the year), scoring four in the first and scoring all seven within the game’s first five innings. David Ortiz (3-for-4, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI) and Mike Carp (2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI) led the
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