Game over: Athletics 9, Red Sox 8
Brutal loss for the Sox, who had 18 hits (10 for extra bases) and still lost. Bill Hall homered in the ninth to get them closer but that was it against Andrew Bailey. At least they took the series.
Back with more later from the clubhouse.
Middle of the 9th: Athletics 9, Red Sox 7
Lats chance for the Sox as Atchison worked his way around a double by Patterson. Drew, Hall and Hermida up against Bailey.
Top of the 9th: Athletics 9, Red Sox 7
Scutaro homered off the top of the wall in left, a call verified by replay. Pedroia then walked before Martinez singled. Andrew Bailey, the closer, came in and got Youkilis and Beltre on fly balls before striking out Ortiz.
Sox are an amazing 3 for 19 with runners in scoring position and have left 11 runners on base, nine in scoring position with five of them on third. This would be a frustrating loss.
Middle of the 8th: Athletics 9, Red Sox 6
Manny Delcarmen has pitched well this season but maybe was a little bit lucky as most of the contact he allowed ended up in the gloves of teammates. That ended just now as Jack Cust and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back solo homers.
Cust hit a bomb into the bleachers above the Oakland bullpen. Sox have six outs to work with and a three-run deficit.
Top of the 8th: Athletics 7, Red Sox 6
David Ortiz pinch hit for Lowell and walked. J.D. Drew pinch hit for McDonald and doubled, sending Ortiz to third. Hall's groundout scored Ortiz and moved Drew to third. But Hermida struck out to end the inning.
So are 3 for 16 with runners in scoring position. Hard to win that way.
Middle of the 7th: Athletics 7, Red Sox 5
Oakland scored a cheapie against Ramon Ramirez. Ellis walked, advanced on a bunt and scored when Beltre threw away a slow roller. Hideki Okajima limited the damage from there.
Top of the 7th: Athletics 6, Red Sox 5
Hall (who is 9 of his last 12) doubled and scored on a home run to right field by Hermida. Pedroia had a double with one out, driving Mazzaro off the mound. Brad Ziegler came in and got Martinez on a soft liner to short before striking out Youkilis.
The Sox have 14 hits through six innings, half of them for extra bases. But they're down 6-5 thanks to poor third-base coaching and being 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position. But plenty of time to catch the A's.
Middle of the 6th: Athletics 6, Red Sox 3
Wakefield allowed another run as Cust singled, took second on a groundout and scored on a two-out single by Gross. Ramon Ramirez started warming up but Martinez threw out Gross trying to steal second to end the inning.
Top of the 6th: Athletics 5, Red Sox 3
Youkilis doubled to start the inning. He went to third when Beltre flied deep to center. Then Lowell lined to second and McDonald struck out.
Sox are 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position today. That's how you can have 11 hits through five innings and he down 5-3.
Middle of the 5th: Athletics 5, Red Sox 3
Wakefield retired the side in order.
Statement from Bud Selig in the blown call last night:
"First, on behalf of Major League Baseball, I congratulate Armando Galarraga on a remarkable pitching performance. All of us who love the game appreciate the historic nature of his effort last night.
"The dignity and class of the entire Detroit Tigers organization under such circumstances were truly admirable and embodied good sportsmanship of the highest order. Armando and Detroit manager Jim Leyland are to be commended for their handling of a very difficult situation. I also applaud the courage of umpire Jim Joyce to address this unfortunate situation honestly and directly. Jim's candor illustrates why he has earned the respect of on-field personnel throughout his accomplished career in the Major Leagues since 1989.
"As Jim Joyce said in his postgame comments, there is no dispute that last night's game should have ended differently. While the human element has always been an integral part of baseball, it is vital that mistakes on the field be addressed. Given last night's call and other recent events, I will examine our umpiring system, the expanded use of instant replay and all other related features. Before I announce any decisions, I will consult with all appropriate parties, including our two unions and the Special Committee for On-Field Matters, which consists of field managers, general managers, club owners and presidents.”
Top of the 5th: Athletics 5, Red Sox 3
McDonald started the inning with an infield single. He appeared to injury his left ankle going back to first on a pickoff attempt but stayed in the game. Hall singled to send McDonald to second.
Hermida followed with a single to right field. Bogar send McDonald to the plate and he was thrown out. Hall took third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Scutaro. Pedroia doubled with two outs, putting runners at second and third. But Martinez grounded to second
Sox have 10 hits in this game in four innings and only three runs without any double plays. That's hard to do.
Middle of the 4th: Athletics 5, Red Sox 2
Keep your phone on you, Felix Doubront.
Wakefield was hit hard in that inning. Eric Patterson, who came in for Sweeney, singled and scored on another homer by Suzuki. Cust singled before two-out doubles by Gross and Ellis accounted for two more runs.
Wakefield has now allowed 14 runs on 18 hits over his last 7.2 innings. That was against the Royals and the Athletics. What is going to happen against better teams? With Josh Beckett out for a month or so, that spot in the rotation is now a sore spot.
Injury report from Oakland: Anderson out with elbow soreness, Sweeney after a blow to the head.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Athletics 1
Martinez walked and then was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a double to the gap in left by Youkilis.
Third base coach Tim Bogar, who has unnecessarily received a hard time in some cases this season, messed up that one. Victor can barely run and there were no outs. Take second and third with no outs and Beltre at the plate. Instead, Beltre lined to third and Lowell grounded out to end the inning.
Oakland lost another player to injury as right fielder Ryan Sweeney tumbled over a teammate chasing a foul ball and left the game.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Athletics 1
Wakefield retired the A's in order again. He has set down nine of the 10 batters he faced. Vin Mazzaro now pitching for Oakland. Clearly Anderson was having some sort of physical issue. This was his second start since coming off the disabled list. He was out for a little more than a month with an elbow issue.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Athletics 1
Are the Sox getting Anderson on a bad day? Hall singled with out, went to third when Hermida doubled and scored on a groundout by Scutaro.
Hermida had been 0 for 15 before the opposite-field double off the lefty. That's nice work.
Middle of the 2nd: Athletics 1, Red Sox 1
Kurt Suzuki tied it up with a solo homer into the Monster Seats before Wakefield retired the next three batters in order.
Suzuki owns the Sox. He has hit safely in 22 of the 23 games he has played against the Sox in his career, going 34 of 94 (.362).
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Athletics 0
Brett Anderson and his 1.88 ERA ain't no big deal for the Sox. Two-out singles by Martinez, Youkilis and Beltre accounted for a run before Lowell lined to center.
It hurts to watch Victor run but he's hanging in there.
Meanwhile, large swaths of empty seats at Fenway Park today. Could today be the day the vaunted sellout streak comes to an end? Or will the Sox cook the books and keep it going? Stay tuned.
Middle of the 1st: Athletics 0, Red Sox 0
Easy inning for Wakefield. Davis struck out looking, Barton popped to shortstop and Sweeney grounded to second.
Top of the 1st: Athletics 0, Red Sox 0
Good afternoon from Fenway Park. It's 81 degrees and a hit hazy at first pitch. Tim Wakefield is ready to go and so are we.
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