Ryan Lavarnway singled to right before being forced at second when Pedro Ciriaco grounded to shortstop. Ciriaco advanced to second when Jacoby Ellsbury grounded to first. The Athletics had a chance at a double play but Carter, the first baseman, made a high throw.
Ciriaco scored when Pedroia singled to left. Cespedes made a strong throw but umpire Phil Cuzzi said Ciriaco got under the tag. The single extended Pedroia’s hit streak to 12 games.
Carter’s home run off Daniel Bard in the seventh inning extended Oakland’s lead to 7-1.