Game over: Athletics 20, Red Sox 2: In what has been a season full of cringe-worthy moments, this was the worst.
Brandon Moss, the former Sox prospect, was 4 for 5 with a home run, two doubles and a career-high four RBIs. George Kottaras, another former Red Sox player, homered twice and drove in five runs.
Oakland had 19 hits, four of them home runs.
The 20 runs were the most for Oakland since Sept. 30, 2000 when they beat Texas, 23-2. The Sox, incredibly, have allowed 13 or more runs six times this season.
It was the worst loss for the Sox since June 19, 2000, a 22-1 loss against the Yankees. They had not allowed 20 runs in a game since Aug 21, 2009, a 22-11 loss against the Yankees.
The Sox have lost four straight and nine of their last 12. They were 9-20 in August and going back to last Sept. 1 are 69-91.
Top of the 8th: A's 18, Red Sox 2: The A's scored nine runs off Craig Breslow and Mark Melancon. The capper came from, of course. Josh Reddick. His first career grand slam made it 18-2.
What an embarrassment. The 18 runs are the most for Oakland since Sept. 30, 2000 when they beat Texas, 23-2. The Sox, incredibly, have allowed 18 runs twice this season and 13 or more runs six times.
And the game isn't over.
Middle of the 7th: A's 9, Red Sox 2: Ciriaco singled before Iglesias was hit by a pitch. Pedro Figueroa relieved McCarthy and threw a wild pitch. Pinch hitter Mauro Gomez then drove in Ciriaco with a grounder to third base.
Top of the 7th: A's 9, Red Sox 1: Daniel Bard pitched the sixth inning and allowed a home run by Kottaras. It was Bard's first MLB appearance since June.
Top of the 6th: A's 8, Red Sox 1: Aceves hit Cespedes with two outs. Then Moss crushed a homer to right. He has a career-high four RBIs tonight.
Middle of the 5th: A's 6, Red Sox 1: Tazawa retired all four batters he faced. Aceves on now. Guess he really is getting stretched out.
Middle of the 4th: A's 6, Red Sox 1: Salty (No. 23) homered with two outs.
Top of the 4th: A's 6, Red Sox 0: Cook was brutal. After Drew hit a bomb to center that Ellsbury ran down, Reddick doubled to right. With two outs, Moss hit a ball over third base that was deflected and went for an RBI double. An RBI single by Gomez led to Junichi Tazawa coming in.
Cook is 1-6 (soon to be 1-7) with a 5.67 ERA in his last 10 starts. What would be the point of giving up another five or six more? Let Tazawa start. Or Aceves. Or anybody.
Top of the 3rd: A's 4, Red Sox 0: And so it begins. Cespede singled and scored on a double over Podsednik's head in left. Gomes then singled in a run. Donaldson followed with a rocket to left field.
Sox down 4-0 tonight. They were down 2-0 after one inning on Thursday, 4-0 after one inning on Wednesday and 2-0 after one inning on Tuesday.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, A's 0: They did it again. Loney singled and went to second when Aviles singled with one out. Ciriaco then grounded to third before Iglesias lined softly to second. Sox already 0 for 4 with RISP.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, A's 0: Cook retired the A's in order. But two of the outs were fly balls. That's not a good sign for him.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, A's 0: Oh, those Sox. Podsednik and Pedroia (11-game hit streak) had singles. Ellsbury then grounded into a double platy before Ross flied to center.
Pre-game: Good evening from Oakland Coliseum. There are football yard lines on the field here and not much of a crowd. But the Athletics are leading the wild card race as the Sox come to town. It just like a movie with Brad Pitt, only real!
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