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Final: Athletics 3, Red Sox 2

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  July 3, 2012 10:09 PM

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Game over: A's 3, Red Sox 2 Alfredo Aceves blew the save. He allowed a leadoff single by Chis Carter and after securing the first out, Cliff Pennington continued the inning with a single to center field. Brandon Moss, pinch-hitting for Kurt Suzuki, singled home the tying run. Ryan Kalish muffed the hit allowing the runners to advance. Coco Crisp, who homered in the first inning, then hit a sacrifice fly to center allowing the winning run to score. An awful loss for the Red Sox who botched two prime scoring chances in the 8th and 9th innings. It came back to haunt them.

Top 9th: Red Sox 2, A's 1: As bad as the last inning was for the Sox offense, this one was the topper. Ryan Kalish singled to right to lead off the inning and Mike Aviles walked. Then, Nick Punto bunted into disastrous results. He pushed the bunt toward first but it stayed up in the air for Chris Carter to make a diving catch and then doubled up Aviles at first. With Daniel Nava up, Ryan Kalish was caught stealing third.

Bottom 8th: Red Sox 2, A's 1: You got to love the way Vicente Padilla pitches. He got himself in and out of a bases loaded jam. Mike Aviles didn't help him by dropping a Kurt Suzuki liner that seemed to divert as it hit his glove. After Coco Crisp singled to left field and the runners were moved over on a sacrifice bunt by Jemile Weeks, Josh Reddick was walked intentionally to load the bases. Padilla went to work. It was basically all fastballs in striking out Yoenis Cespedes on a 94 mph fastball and then Jonny Gomes on 95 mph smoke. Simply overpowering.

Top 8th: Red Sox 2, A's 1: If the Red Sox lose the game it's because they couldn't score in the eighth when they had Dustin Pedroia (walk) and David Ortiz (walk) on base with nobody out and couldn't get a run in. Cody Ross (strikeout), Adrian Gonzalez (fly to center) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (strikeout) couldn't get the job done. And so the Sox go late into the game with a slim one-run lead.

Bottom 7th: Red Sox 2, A's 1: Chris Carter singled to center against Jon Lester with one out, but Lester struck out Brandon Inge. Bobby Valentine came out and yanked Lester for Vicente Padilla, who retired Seth Smith witha strike out to end the inning. Lester went 6-2/3 innings and allowed four hits, no walks and struck out nine.

Top 7th: Red Sox 2, A's 1: The Sox got Colon out since he ws making his first start since coming off the DL, but lefty Jordan Noberto surrendered a single to Mike Aviles who moved to second on a balk, but he was stranded as the Sox couldn't muster anything more.

Bottom 6th: Red Sox 2, A's 1: Lester again retired the side. Continues to show good fastball and change-up and has definitely settled in with those pitches.

Top 6th: Red Sox 2, A's 1: Adrian Gonzalez managed a two-out single, his second of the game, but nothing else against Colon.

Bottom 5th: Red Sox 2, A's 1: Lester allowed a two-out single to No. 9 hitter Kurt Suzuki, but another strong inning for Lester.

Top 5th: Red Sox 2, A's 1: Daniel Nava contributed a two-out single to right, but Colon didn't sweat it as he got out of the inning easily.

Bottom 4th: Red Sox 2, A's 1: The real Jon Lester is back. Really trusting his fastball again and throwing strikes. He struck out Jonny Gomes and Chris Carter in a 1-2-3 inning.

Top 4th: Red Sox 2, A's 1: David Ortiz' stroked a one out single to right and with two outs after a Cody Ross strikeout, Adrian Gonzalez sent Ortiz to third with a long single to right center. With runners at the corners and two outs, Salty scorched a grounder to first base which Chris Carter tried to backhand and whiffed on for an error scoring Ortiz with the go-ahead run.

Bottom 3rd: A's 1, Red Sox 1: Strong inning for Lester. A pair of Ks and a foul pop to third by Josh Reddick.

Top 3rd: A's 1, Red Sox 1: Colon, who is on the possible hit list of players the A's may make available between now the trade deadline, made quick order of the Red Sox. He got a hometown call on strike three on Nick Punto, which was outside, for the second out. He retired Nava on a grounder back to the mound for the final out of the inning.

Bottom 2nd A's 1, Red Sox 1: Lester had a better inning as he started to throw more strikes and handled the bottom of the A's lineup.

Top 2nd: A's 1, Red Sox 1: Jarrod Saltalamacchia evened the score with a solo homer to right, his 16th. The Sox seemed to make solid contact against Colon in this inning, but except for Salty's blast, they were outs.

Bottom 1st: A's 1, Red Sox 0: A tedious start for Jon Lester. Coco Crisp homered to lead off the inning, his third of the season. Lester then walked Jemile Weeks and after Josh Reddick struck out, Yoenis Cespedes struck out, but Johnny Gomes singled to left. With runners at first and second, Chris Carter flew out to right field.

Top 1st: Red Sox 0, A's 0: Dustin Pedroia knocked into a double play after Daniel Nava walked. And David Ortiz flew out to end the inning against Bartolo Colon who was activated from the disabled list.

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