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Final: Athletics 3, Red Sox 2 (11)

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 14, 2013 03:52 PM

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Game over: Athletics 3, Red Sox 2 (11 innings): Red Sox rookie Brandon Workman flirted with a no-hitter in his first major league start on Sunday afternoon. But the Red Sox left Oakland Coliseum with a disappointing loss.

Josh Donaldson drove in a run with a bloop single with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Athletics came back to beat the Sox, 3-2, before a crowd of 31,417.

Matt Thornton, acquired from the White Sox on Friday, took the loss in his Red Sox debut. Oakland had only five hits in the game.

Pinch hitter Chris Young drew a walk to start the inning. Eric Sogard bunted him to second. With two outs, pinch hitter Derek Norris walked.

Donaldson, who earlier in the game hit a two-run homer, hit a soft single into right field. The Sox had no time to make a play.

Middle of the 11th: Red Sox 2, A's 2: The Sox loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the inning. But Ryan Cook struck out Brock Holt looking. Matt Thornton in for his Red Sox debut.

Top of the 11th: Red Sox 2, A's 2: We're going extras the day before the All-Star break.

Sean Doolittle held the Sox scoreless for 1.2 innings. Grant Balfour, who was named a replacement on the All-Star team earlier in the day, then struck out the side in the ninth.

Breslow pitched 1 2/3 scoreless for the Sox. Koji Uehara then retired the side in order in the ninth and escaped a jam in the 10th. Yoenis Cespedes reached second on a single and a throwing error by Jose Iglesias but was out stealing third.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 2, A's 2: The game is in the hands of the bullpens now. Breslow kept the A's off the board, as did Sean Doolittle for Oakland.

Gomes was ejected after he asked for time, was refused and struck out.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 2, A's 2: Workman got one out before Donaldson hit a titanic home run to center field. Donaldson crushed a 3-and-2 cutter that stayed up and over the inner half of the plate.

Craig Breslow finished the inning from there.

Bottom of the 7th: Red Sox 2, A's 0: What a shame, Workman lost his no-hitter on an infield single. Crisp grounded a ball up the middle. Pedroia dove for the ball like Michael Phelps starting the 100 freestyle in the Olympics. He came up throwing but Crisp was too fast to get.

Now can the Sox hold the lead?

Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 2, A's 0: Carp doubled, advanced on a groundout by Lavarnway and scored on a single by Holt, who has driven in eight runs in nine games. That was it for Colon.

Now back to the Workman watch.

Top of the 7th: Red Sox 1, A's 0: Interesting times here in Oakland. Rookie Brandon Workman has faced 18 hitters in six innings. Just a walk. He's at 88 pitches.

Here's how the Sox scored: Ellsbury singled and went to third on a Nava single. Pedroia then ripped a two-strike changeup to left to score Ellsbury. Ortiz flied deep to left (a homer at Fenway for sure) before Gomes fanned looking.

Top of the 6th: Red Sox 0, A's 0: Colon has set down 12 in a row. Workman, meanwhile, is dealing. His line: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K. He is at 79 pitches and his high this season is 100. Be pretty surprising if the Red Sox let him go beyond 115.

Top of the 5th: Red Sox 0, A's 0: That's nine in a row retired by Colon. MLB should drug test him between innings at this point.

Workman allowed his first base runner when Jaso worked a walk with one out in the fourth inning. But he struck out Donaldson looking and Lavarnway threw out Jason stealing to end the inning. Pedroia picked the short hop at the bag.

Top of the 4th: Red Sox 0, A's 0: The Sox went in order against Colon. Workman, meanwhile, has retired all nine batters he has faced and is at a tidy 41 pitches (25 strikes).

Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, A's 0: Gomes led off the second with a double and that was that. Carp lined to short, Lavarnway grounded to third and Holt flied to center.

Workman then set down the A's in order, fanning Lowrie and Reddick along the way.

Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, A's 0: Ellsbury singled before Nava grounded into a double play. Pedroia doubled but Ortiz fanned. He is 7 for 49 against Colon with 16 strikeouts. Workman then retired the A's in order. A solid first inning should allow him to get his feet underneath him. Especially given his last outing.

Pre-game: Good afternoon. It's the final game before the All-Star break for the Sox, who send rookie Brandon Workman against old workhorse Bartolo Colon. Should be interesting.

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