The Athletics loaded the bases with a double and two walks
against Chris Capuano (1-1) before Burke Badenhop came on and
induced a dribbler to third that Cespedes just beat out as Jed
Lowrie scored the go-ahead run. Jim Johnson (3-2) worked the final 1
2/3 innings to earn the win for Oakland while Brandon Moss added two
hits and an RBI.
Will Middlebrooks doubled leading off the bottom of the 10th inning,
but was thrown out at third on a sacrifice bunt attempt as the Red
Sox (15-17) missed out on another chance to reach .500. Grady
Sizemore doubled in a run in the fifth and A.J. Pierzynski homered
in the seventh for Boston.
Josh Donaldson walked, stole second and scored on Moss’ single to
center in the first to put Oakland on top before Sizemore’s RBI
double to right in the fifth plated Mike Carp with the tying run.
Donaldson walked again in the sixth and scored on Cespedes’ double,
but Boston got that run back in the seventh when Pierzynski sent a
3-2 fastball from Athletics starter Sonny Gray over the Red Sox
bullpen in right-center.
Gray ended up allowing two runs on six hits in six-plus innings
while John Lackey matched him with two runs on five hits in six
frames. Capuano has allowed three earned runs while recording only
two outs over the last two days after a string of 15 straight
scoreless innings to begin the season.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Boston 1B Mike Napoli (finger) got the day off and
Carp had two hits in his place. Oakland RF Josh Reddick went
0-for-10 with five strikeouts in the series against his former team
and grounded into a double play in the ninth with the go-ahead run
on second. He rolled his ankle coming out of the box on the play and
was replaced in the field. … The Athletics return home to host the
Seattle Mariners on Monday while the Red Sox get the day off before
hosting an interleague series against the Cincinnati Reds.
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