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Final: Athletics 6, Red Sox 2

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 2, 2012 04:00 PM

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Game over: A's 6, Red Sox 2: That's six losses in a row for the first time since the 2011 team started the season 0-6.

The Sox have dropped 11 of 14 and are basically in shambles, getting outscored, 54-14, on this road trip so far.

Pedroia was 3 for 4 and is now hitting .288. He doubled in the ninth and scored on a sac fly by Gomez.

Anderson (3-0) was the winner and Matsuzaka (1-4, 6.15) the loser.

The crowd of 25,314 was chanting "sweep, sweep" as the game ended.

Top of the 9th: A's 6, Red Sox 1: The Sox have five hits, two by Pedroia. Melancon just threw a scoreless inning. The bullpen (4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) has done a nice job today.

Top of the 8th: A's 6, Red Sox 1: The Sox continue to get good work from the their bullpen as Tazawa struck out two. Pedroia also made a terrific play to rob Donaldson of a hit. He has played his heart out despite the mess around him.

Top of the 7th: A's 6, Red Sox 1: The Sox scored! The Sox scored!

With Ciriaco on first, Podsednik and Pedrioa singled to load the bases. Ross followed with a single to left. Ciriaco singled but when Podsednik tried to score, he was gunned down by Cespdes. The Cuban has shown a terrific arm in this series.

Breslow pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Top of the 6th: A's 6, Red Sox 0: The Sox are getting two-hit by Anderson. They have been outscored, 33-3, in this series.

Top of the 5th: A's 6, Red Sox 0: Matsuzaka is done after 3 2/3 innings and 97 pitches. The A's have left the bases loaded twice. Miller fanned pinch hitter Chris Carter to avoid further damage. Like it matters given how inept the Red Sox lineup is.

Matsuzaka's line: 3 2/3 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 HR.

Top of the 4th: A's 5, Red Sox 0: Since the Sox are already on the West Coast, can they sent Dice-K back home now and save time?

Two walks, three singles, and a sac fly accounted for two more runs. He is already at 78 pitches, as well.

Top of the 3rd: A's 3, Red Sox 0: Dice-K allowed another rocket, this one from Stephen (brother of J.D.) Drew.

Top of the 2nd: A's 2 Red Sox 0: Pedroia extended his hit streak to 13 games with a two-out single in the first. Then Matsuzaka walked Crisp before allowing a bomb to center by Smith.

The Red Sox have trailed in every game on this trip.

Pregame: Good afternoon from sunny Oakland. The Red Sox have Daisuke Matsuzaka on the mound as they try to snap a five-game losing streak.

Oakland has won eight straight. The Sox have been outscored, 48-13, on the road trip. It has to change eventually, right?

The left side of the diamond should be interesting today. Pedro Ciriaco is starting in left field for the first time. And the third baseman is Mauro Gomez, whose natural position is DH.

When asked about Gomez playing third, Bobby Valentine said the scouting report is that he'll make the plays in front of him. Well, that's comforting.

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