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Final: Red Sox 9, Athletics 8

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 4, 2011 01:05 PM

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Final: Red Sox 8, Athletics 8

Crawford (4 for 7) doubled with two outs before Lowrie was intentionally walked. Up came Drew, who had struck out his previous four times up. He lined a single to right to end it.

Mercy!

Middle of the 14th: Athletics 8, Red Sox 8

Aceves walked Willingham before Matsui grounded into a force. Barton then reached on an infield single with two outs. But Aceves got Powell to ground to second.

Now Guillermo Moscoso is pitching for Oakland and will face Youkilis, Cameron and Crawford. I beseech the gods of baseball to end this game. My deadline is 8:15 p.m.

Top of the 14thth: Athletics 8, Red Sox 8

Ellsbury singled with two outs and stole second. That promoted Oakland to intentionally walk Pedroia again to face Sutton. He lined softly to second.

We go on.

Middle of the 13th: Athletics 8, Red Sox 8

1-2-3 inning for Aceves. His line so far: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Nice work by him so far. Now Michael Wuertz is in for Oakand. He will face Drew, Salty and Ellsbury.

For the love of God, somebody hit one out so people can go home and watch the Bruins.

Top of the 13th: Athletics 8, Red Sox 8

Youkilis drew a leadoff walk. Cameron then struck out when he fouled off a two-strike bunt. Crawford worked an 11-pitch at-bat but also struck out. Lowrie then popped to third. The game goes on.

Middle of the 12th: Athletics 8, Red Sox 8

Aceves came up aces in that inning, striking out two. Now the Sox get Joey Devine. He will face Youkilis, Cameron and Crawford.

Top of the 12th: Athletics 8, Red Sox 8

Bailey blew away Lowrie and Drew before Salty doubled high off the wall, a few feet away from being a home run. That gave Elllsbury a shot and doubled to right, the ball bouncing into the stands. The A's intentionally walked Pedroia to get to Drew Sutton.

Bailey whiffed him on a 3-2 pitch. We go to the 12th.

Middle of the 11th: Athletics 8, Red Sox 7

Aceves walked Pennington before Jackson doubled and Sweeney had a sacrifice fly. Willingham grounded to short and Lowrie threw Jackson out at the plate. Matsui singled before Ellis popped to right.

Last chance for the Sox. Lowrie, Drew and Saltalamacchia will face Andrew Bailey. This would be quite the hideous loss.

Top of the 11th: Athletics 7, Red Sox 7

Facing Fuentes, Gonzalez led off with a singe to right. Drew Sutton ran for him. Youkilis popped up. Mike Cameron then hit for Reddick (who had run for Ortiz in the eighth inning) and grounded to first.

Carl Crawford, the Walk-Off Wonder, had a shot against Fuentes again but this time flied out to left.

Alfredo Aceves replaces Jenks. Red Sox lineup is now:

Ellsbury 8
Pedroia 4
Sutton 3
Youkilis 5
Cameron DH
Crawford 7
Lowrie 4
Drew 9
Saltalamacchia 2

They have no position players on the bench.

Middle of the 10th: Athletics 7, Red Sox 7

Somehow we've reached a point in the proceedings where Bobby Jenks is the savior. He allowed a leadoff single by Ellis but worked around it. Now Gonzo, Youkilis and Ortiz are up with a chance to win it.

Top of the 10th Athletics 7, Red Sox 7

Elsbiry singled with two outs but Pedroia grounded to short. Bonus baseball on a bad day for the BoSox.

Middle of the 9th: Athletics 7, Red Sox 7

What a circus.

Papelbon started the inning with a four-run lead. Ellis singled and Barton waked. Papelbon came back to strike out Powell and get Crisp to ground to second. Pedroia booted what might have been a double play and a run scored.

Then it got worse. Pennington doubled in a run. Varitek was ejected after the play. Conor Jackson then hit a hard single off the glove of Youkilis that drove in two runs. Papelbon was then ejected for the first time in his career. He could face suspension after charging home plate umpire Tony Randazzo and apparently bumping him.

The Sox appeared to have issues with the strike zone of Randazzo, which suddenly got tight.

Jenks came in and allowed a single by Sweeney. With runners on 1st and 3rd, Jenks struck out Willingham. Matsui then struck out and the ball got away from Salty. As Jackson crossed the plate, Salty threw to first to get Matsui and the run did not count.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 7, Athletics 3

The Sox tack on. Gonzo singled off Brad Ziegler and went to third on an opposite-field double by Ortiz off Craig Breslow. Carl Crawford followed with a two-run double to right. That's two big hits off lefties in two days for Crawford.

Papelbon coming in even with no save on the line.

Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 5, Athletics 3

Bard allowed a leadoff single by Sweeney. He then struck out Willingham before getting Matsui to ground into a double play. The Sox will hand a lead to Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 5, Athletics 3

1-2-3 inning for Cahill. Now Bard comes in.

Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 5, Athletics 3

Beckett walked Barton before Powell singled. That was it for him. Albers came in and allowed a single by pinch hitter Coco Crisp that loaded the bases. Pennington's sacrifice fly scored a run.

In came Tommy Hottovy to face DeJesus. he got DeJesus to ground to second last night. Today he got him to ground to shortstop to start an inning-ending double play.

Middling effort by Beckett (6 IP. 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K), but he's in line for the win.

Two batters faced, three outs. Hottovy is very efficient.

Top of the 7th: Red Sox 5, Athletics 2

Ellsbury singled, stole second and scored on Pedroia's bad-hop single up the middle. Pedroia then scored from first when Youkilis doubled down the line in left.

Youk advanced to third when Ortiz grounded out. Crawford then delivered an RBI single up the middle.

Sox need one more inning of Becket, who has thrown 91 pitches.

Middle of the 6th: Athletics 2, Red Sox 2

Beckett had retired nine batters in a row when his control suddenly disappeared.

He hit DeJesus with a pitch then walked Sweeney on four pitches. A wild pitched advanced the runners to second and third. Beckett had two strikes on Willingham but left a cutter up and over the plate that was lined off the wall in left to drive in two runs.

Top of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Athletics 0

Carl Crawford feels the need for speed. Last night's hero singled, stole second, went to third on a fly ball to right and scored on a single by the Ghost of J.D. Drew.

Drew, unaccustomed to being on first base, was then picked off.

Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 1, Athetics 0

1-2-3 inning for Becket. The only thing better than day baseball is quick day baseball.

Top of the 5th: Red Sox 1, Athletics 0

Youkilis walked with one out. Ortiz then hit a grounder directly over second base, right where Pennington was in the shift. He jogged to the bag and threw to first for the double play.

Four inniings, four hits in the game total. Good pitching matchup, indeed.

Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Athletics 0

1-2-3 inning for Beckett, whose curve ball is very sharp today. The A's aren't getting many good swings.

Top of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Athletics 0

That's seven in a row retired by Cahill. Beckett may not get a whole lot more run support today.

Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Athletics 0

Dustin Pedroia has not hit much this season, not yet anyway. But he has played sparkling defense. His best play to date may have come in the third inning. With a runner on first, DeJesus hit a sharp grounder up the middle. Pedroia dove to stop the ball and flipped it to Lowrie from his stomach to start a double play.

Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Athletics 0

1-2-3 inning for Cahill.

Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Athletics 0

Barton singled with one out. But that was it against Beckett. He has thrown 27 pitches i two innings and looked strong.

Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Athletics 0

Adrian Gonzalez, that guy again, drove a Cahill pitch into the Monster Seats. He has 11 homers and 48 RBIs. Youkilis followed with a double. Ortiz then struck out looking and looked quizzically at umpire Tony Randazzo.

Middle of the 1st: Athletics 0, Red Sox 0

Beckett walked Willingham with two outs then got Matsui to ground to second. The Oakland lineup as two two! hitters over .250 today. Sweeney is at .298 and Pennington at .257.

Given the Sox used five relievers last night, a long outing from Beckett would be especially welcome.

Pre-game: Good afternoon from Fenway Park, where there is nothing but blue skies and sunshine on New Hamsphire Day.

Good pitching matchup today as Josh Beckett takes on Trevor Cahill.

Beyond that, it has been a slow day in terms of news. Daisuke Matsuzaka still refuses to speak to the media, which is little concern to most Boston-area media at this point but is a major issue for the many Japanese reporters who are here. Somebody should mention to him that it's a little late in the game to still be acting like a diva.

Marco Scutaro is down in Durham, N.C., with Pawtucket for three games. He'll play shortstop one game, second in an other and then DH in a third. The plan is for him to rejoin the Sox in New York on Monday night. Barring a setback, he'll likely come off the disabled list on Tuesday.

Hang out here for updates throughout the game. As always, we welcome your comments.

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