OAKLAND -- Momentum is an unpredictable thing during the major league season. Just ask the Oakland A's, who completed a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox with Sunday's 6-3 victory in front of a sold-out McAfee Coliseum gathering.
They've now won four in a row and get to kick their feet up for a relaxing Memorial Day, the wounds from that recent 2-7 road trip seeming distant.
Or ask the Red Sox, who had won seven in a row, including Sunday starter Jon Lester's no-hitter, before arriving in Oakland and being stopped cold.
"Any time you can sweep a team it's big," A's left fielder Jack Cust said. "(But) with the pitchers they brought with them and the lineup they have? Our pitchers limited them to six runs in three games.
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"Anytime you keep a team to six runs in three games it's something to be happy about. But that lineup? ..."
Leadoff man Jack Hannahan went 2 for 5 with two RBI and two runs, including a lead-off single to end the suspense of a repeat Lester no-hitter.
A's manager Bob Geren also credited Hannahan with his hustle in getting to third after Boston left fielder Manny Ramirez misplayed his third-inning fly to the warning track for a three-base error. Hannahan would score on Mike Sweeney's single.
Cust provided some breathing room with a two-run homer in the seventh inning -- his team-leading eighth of the season -- to extend the A's one-run lead to a 6-3 advantage. Oakland has homered in eight consecutive games.
Now the focus shifts to whether the A's can maintain their level of play. Beginning with Tuesday's series opener against Toronto, the A's play 21 of their next 30 at home.
"We had a tough road trip, and to be able to come in and take a series like this (is good), especially at a time when we have so many home games coming up," said right-hander Joe Blanton, who picked up his first victory at the Coliseum in eight starts.