BOSTON -- Returning to the mound for the first time in almost a month, John Lackey earned his first victory since April 24 as the Red Sox completed a sweep of the Oakland A's with a 6-3 victory.
Lackey, who spent three weeks on the DL with elbow soreness, allowed three runs on just two hits in 5 23 innings. He hit three batters and walked two others.
A three-run homer by Carl Crawford -- his first homer of the season at Fenway -- spotted the Sox a quick lead on Oakland starter Brett Anderson.
Adrian Gonzalez added a two-run homer to the opposite field in the fourth for his third home run of the homestand. A run-scoring single by Dustin Pedroia in the sixth accounted for the final Red Sox run.
David Ortiz had three of the Red Sox' 12 hits and was robbed of a fourth when former teammate Coco Crisp sprinted to the triangle in right-center and robbed him of extra bases in the sixth.
The sweep was the fifth of the year for the Red Sox.
Matt Albers, Tommy Hottovy, Dan Wheeler and Daniel Bard combined to provide 3 13 innings of scoreless relief.
Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.