Final: Red Sox 8, Athletics 6
After trailing 4-0 in the first inning, the Red Sox rallied for a pair of go-ahead runs in the seventh on Carl Crawford's bases-loaded single to center to post an 8-6 victory over the Oakland A's before a Fenway Park crowd of 37,808.
The Sox' 12th come-from-behind win of the season — and second in 21 games when trailing after six innings — snapped a four-game losing streak and improved the team's record to 31-26.
Bobby Jenks, who entered the game in the seventh, picked up the win to improve to 2-2 in his second outing since coming off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
Clay Buchholz took his fourth consecutive no-decision after allowing 6 runs (5 earned) -- both season highs -- on 8 hits while recording 1 walk and 5 strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
A's reliever Joey Devine, one of six pitchers Oakland used in the game, absorbed the loss (0-1) after he gave up a broken-bat, 2-RBI single to center to Crawford with two out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh. It have the Sox a 7-6 lead and was his fifth game-winning RBI of the season.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia added an insurance run in the eighth with his leadoff home run off Michael Wuertz. It was Saltalamacchia's fifth homer of the season.
Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 8, Athletics 6
Salty touches 'em all. Hits fifth homer of season, off 1-0 pitch from Wuertz, to the bleachers in right, just behind the Sox bullpen.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 7, Athletics 6
Fairly tidy inning for Bard, whose only blemish was a two out single to Cliff Pennington to center. Coco Crisp flied to deep center to end the inning. Michael Wuertz now on the mound for the A's. Papelbon warming up in the bullpen for the Red Sox.
Bottom of the 7th: Red Sox 7, Athletics 6
With one out, Gonzalez hits a double off the wall, giving him 18 doubles this season (tying him with three others for the AL lead). Devine hits Youkilis on the left leg, putting two aboard for Big Papi, who walks to load the bases for Lowrie. Devine induced Lowrie to hit a pop fly to shallow left, prompting Brian Fuentes to relieve Devine to face Crawford with two out and the bases loaded.
Crawford delivered with a broken-bat single to shallow center to score Gonzalez and Youkilis with the go-ahead runs. Daniel Bard will take over for Jenks in the eighth.
Top of the 7th: Athletics 6, Red Sox 5
Jenks got ahead of the first two hitters he faced, 0-2, but allowed Josh Willingham to double to left on a 3-2 count and struck out Hideki Matsui. Willingham appeared to get caught stealing between second and third, but wound up taking the base when Jenks was called for a balk on the pickoff throw to third. Jenks continued to scuffule, walking Kurt Suzuki to put men on the corners with one out. Jenks got out of inning when he got Daric Barton to ground into a 6-4-3 double play. Joey Devine is the new pitcher for Oakland.
Bottom of the 6th: Athletics 6, Red Sox 5
Craig Breslow entered the game for Moscoso (2.1 innings, 2 hits, 3 strikeouts) and got Salty to hit into a 5-4-3 double play that wiped out pinch-hitter J.D. Drew at second after he reached on an error by A's first baseman Daric Barton. Breslow got the third out by getting Ellsbury to hit a pop foul to third. Bobby Jenks will take over for Hottovy (1/3d inning) in the top of the seventh.
Top of the 6th: Athletics 6, Red Sox 5
After giving up a two-out single to Coco Crisp, Atchison has departed the game and handed it over to lefthander Tommy Hottovy, who is making his Major League debut after being called up from Triple A Pawtucket today. Hottovy needed four pitches to get out of the inning by inducing David DeJesus to ground to second.
Bottom of the 5th: Athletics 6, Red Sox 5
The Sox threatened when Gonzalez and Youkilis reached on back-to-back singles off Moscoso, who struck out Big Papi (swinging) with a 79 m.p.h. changeup for the first out. Lowrie hit a pop foul to first for the second out. Moscoso got off the hook when Crawford grounded to first for a fielder's choice that erased Youkilis at second.
Top of the 5th: Athletics 6, Red Sox 5
The A's have just taken the lead on Daric Barton's RBI single to right, scoring Josh Willingham, who reached on a lead-off double to right. That's it for Buchholz as Francona has summoned Scott Atchison from the bullpen. Atchison got out of the inning by inducing a Mark Ellis to hit a groundball fielder's choice to third, wiping out Barton at second. Buchholz's line: 4.2 innings, 6 runs (5 earned) , 2 walks, 5 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch. He threw 99 pitches, 62 strikes.
Bottom of the 4th: Red Sox 5, Athletics 5
1-2-3 for Mr. Moscoso. He keeps the Sox down by striking out Salty (swinging, sort of), getting Ellsbury to pop up to third and Pedroia to fly to center.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 5, Athletics 5
Mike Vega in relief of Pete Abraham now...here we go. After Jacoby Ellsbury made a marvelous warning-track catch against the wall on Mark Ellis' deep fly ball to left-center, Buchholz gave up a single to Kevin Kouzmanoff, who advanced to second on Buchholz's throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Kouzmanoff went to third with the tying run on a wild pitch by Buchholz. After Cliff Pennington walked, Coco Crisp grounded out to first, enabling Kouzmanoff to score the tying run and Pennington to advance to second. Buchholz fanned David DeJesus with a 93-m.p.h. fastball to get out of the inning.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 5, Athletics 4
That's hit for Outman, who didn't get enough outs, man. He lasted 2.2 innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on five hits. Guillermo Moscoso took over. Now we'll see if Buchholz can get deep into the game and hold the lead.
Mike Vega will pick up the updates from here.
Bottom of the 3rd: Red Sox 5, Athletics 4
That didn't take long. Youkilis walked then scored on a double by Ortiz that glanced off the way then bounced around just long enough. Lowrie followed with an RBI single to center.
Ortiz at the moment is 15 of his last 35 (.429) with 8 RBIs in 10 games.
Middle of the 3rd: Athletics 4, Red Sox 3
1-2-3 inning for Buchholz, who has retired seven of the last eight batters he has faced.
Top of the 3rd: Athletics 4, Red Sox 3
Oakland gave the Sox a run there. Cameron grounded to third but Kouzmanoff threw the ball away. With Cameron on second, Salty struck out but took first on a wild pitch. Cameron advanced to third on the play. Ellsbury then lined to left to score Cameron with a sac fly.
Middle of the 2nd: Athletics 4, Red Sox 2
Buchholz struck out Pennington and Crisp, walked DeJesus then got Willigham to ground into a force.
Top of the 2nd: Athletics 4, Red Sox 2
The Sox punched back. Ellsbury singled, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Gonzalez. Youkilis then doubled and scored on an opposite-field single by Ortiz.
What a season for David. That's 29 RBIs now.
Middle of the 1st: Athletics 4, Red Sox 0
Buchholz fanned Kouzmanoff to end the inning. Now the Sox have to crawl back against a lefty.
Nice of Buchholz to pay tribute to Daisuke Matsuzaka by throwing 27 pitches in an inning and giving up four runs. What a guy.
Top of the 1st: Athletics 4, Red Sox 0
Rough inning for Buchholz. DeJesus singled with one out and went to third on a single off the wall by Willingham. Matsui grounded into a force at second, driving in one run.
But Buchholz could not limit the damage as Suzuki, Barton and Ellis singled to make it 4-0. The Sox are in a hole.
Pre-game: Good evening from Fenway Park, where the Red Sox are taking on the A's. It'll be Clay Buchholz against Josh Outman. Now there's a name for a pitcher.
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