“He has a great idea at the plate,” Saltalamacchia said. “There’s pitches that look like they’re going to be balls and he still hits them. It’s a tough guy to pitch around. We tried for years.”
Felix Doubront (2-0) pitched into the seventh inning for the win, allowing three runs on three hits and striking out eight. Junichi Tazawa left two runners stranded in the eighth inning after Oakland scored three runs against Clayton Mortensen. Andrew Bailey closed out the game against his former team for his fourth save in five chances.
The Sox were 1-8 against Oakland last season, losing the last eight games. It was the longest losing streak for the Sox against the Athletics franchise since 1932 when the team was in Philadelphia.