The Athletics stormed back from a five-run deficit with three
runs in the eighth and a pair of solo home runs in the ninth to
force extra frames, but Ortiz led off the 10th by sending a 1-2
curveball from Fernando Abad (2-3) over the wall in left-center for
his 17th blast. Koji Uehara (3-1), who surrendered the two home runs
in the ninth, came back out for the 10th and worked a 1-2-3 inning.
Mike Napoli and David Ross also homered for the Red Sox, who snapped
an eight-game streak of scoring three or fewer runs. Stephen Vogt
and John Jaso provided the fireworks in the ninth for Oakland, which
had its five-game winning streak come to an end and lost catcher
Derek Norris to an errant backswing in the 10th.
Jon Lester started for Boston and cruised through the first seven
innings before leaving with a 6-1 lead and two runners on and two
outs in the eighth. Burke Badenhop, who had not allowed an earned
run in 32 1/3 innings, allowed both inherited runners to score, as
well as one of his own, as Athletics closed within 6-4 on RBI
singles by Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson and Norris. Uehara came
on in the ninth and suffered his first blown save as Vogt and Jaso
each homered to right.
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Boston got to Oakland starter Tommy Milone in the first, loading the
bases on a pair of singles and a walk with two outs before Jonny
Gomes dropped a two-run single into center. Ross led off the second
with a solo blast over the high wall in left-center to make it 3-0
and Napoli avoided a tag at the plate on a steal of home in the
third before homering in the fifth to put Boston ahead 5-1.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Athletics 1B Kyle Blanks left the game with a left
calf injury after being thrown out at the plate in the second
inning. … Badenhop’s scoreless-innings streak was the third-longest
in franchise history. … Boston continues its road trip at Seattle on
Monday, while Oakland gets the day off before beginning an
eight-game trip at the New York Mets on Tuesday.
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