Game over: Red Sox 9, Athletics 4
That’s three straight, eight of 10, and 11 of 14 for the Sox, now 30-23. Victor Martinez was 5 for 5 with four doubles and two RBIs while Adrian Beltre stayed hot with three more hits. He’s up to .342.
John Lackey (Or “John Lackeyzaka” as a Twitter wise-guy called him) was an undeserving winner but he managed to hang around for six innings.
Back with more from the clubhouse later on.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 9, Athletics 4
Sox tacked on some more as singles by Beltre and Drew scored Youkilis. Now, with the margin five runs, Joe Nelson will pitch and Papelbon will save some bullets.
Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 8, Athletics 4
Pedroia snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a double that hopped the fence into the Red Sox bullpen. Victor Martinez then doubled for the fourth time (a career best) to drive in Pedroia. Youkilis just had a single to make it 8-4 and Jerry Blevins is now pitching for Oakland.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 6, Athletics 4
Easy inning for Bard, who has not allowed an earned run in his last 10 innings. He has given up three hits in that span. Papelbon warming up.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 6, Athletics 4
Drew walked off Breslow with two outs. Bill Hall then slammed a triple to center that bounced off the wall like a superball. Sox now turn a two-run lead over to Daniel Bard.
John Lackey was a bum (6 innings, 12 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks) and could get a win. Wins and losses are almost useless when looking at how good or bad a pitcher is.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 5, Athletics 4
Manny Delcarmen negotiated a clean inning. Opposing hitters are now 11 of 86 (.127) against him.
Meanwhile, it’s a one-run game and some fans started chanting “Beat LA” while others did the inane wave. The attention span for actual baseball at Fenway Park is often lacking. Of course it’s that way at a lot of parks.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 5, Athletics 4
Ross walked Hall and McDonald before Craig Breslow walked Scutaro load the bases with no outs. Pedroia had a chance to snap out of his slump but grounded into a double play. He is now hitless in his last 17 at-bats and is 9 of his last 67 (.134). He has two RBIs in his last 73 ABs.
But Victor Martinez stayed hot with an RBI double to center that hopped the fence. He is 4 for 4 with three doubles.
Middle of the 6th: Athletics 4, Red Sox 3
Lackey put two runners on as Barton walked and Sweeney singled with one out. But Suzuki flied deep to center and Cust grounded to first.
Lackey has thrown 116 pitches and that is it for him barring some upset. Gonzalez is done after 108 pitches. Tyson Ross is in for Oakland
Top of the 6th: Athletics 4, Red Sox 3
The Sox finally struck against Gio Gonzalez. Martinez (who is crushing the ball of late) doubled off the wall. Youkilis followed with an infield single. Ortiz struck out swinging on an appeal to third base umpire Dana DeMuth.
But Adrian Beltre, the subject of today’s feature in the Globe, hammered a ball into the Monster Seats. It was his sixth homer of the season. Beltre is now 22 of his last 49 with 16 RBIs over 13 games. He has 37 RBIs overall, the most on the club.
If the Sox want to win this game, Lackey needs to be on a short leash. He already has allowed 11 hits.
Middle of the 5th: Athletics 4, Red Sox 0
You know who’s not fooling anybody these days? John Lackey.
Sweeney started the inning with a double off the wall, a ball a more experienced Fenway left fielder might have had. But Hall chased it back to the scoreboard and could not make a play. Jack Cust had an RBI single to make it 3-0.
Gabe Gross singled with two outs. Lackey thought he had Ellis struck out on a 2-2 cutter but Kerwin Danley disagreed. Gross then dropped a pop-fly double into shallow right field to drive in another run.
Lackey has allowed 11 hits over five innings and 42 hits in his last 29.1 innings along with 17 walks. That is simply not any good.
Top of the 5th: Athletics 2, Red Sox 0
Drew and Hall whiffed before McDonald singled to center. Scutaro then flied to left. Sox have left seven runners on in four innings.
Middle of the 4th: Athletics 2, Red Sox 0
Lackey turned the tables on the Athletics there. Kouzmanoff started the inning with a double to left. Gross followed with a liner down the line in right that fell in front of a sliding J.D. Drew. Gross wound up at second but Kouzmanoff only made to third as he had to hold up. Ellis then walked to load the bases with no outs.
But Pennington grounded to third and Beltre got the out at the plate. Davis then popped to shallow center and Barton popped to second.
Top of the 4th: Athletics 2, Red Sox 0
The Sox are getting adept at letting Gonzalez off the hook. Martinez doubled off the wall to start the inning. After Youkilis struck out, Ortiz walked. Beltre then hit a grounder to third. Kouzmanoff stepped on the bag and made a strong through to first to complete the double play as Barton made a nice stretch.
The Sox are now 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position in three innings.
Middle of the 3d: Athletics 2, Red Sox 0
Lackey is in hot water again. Davis singled with one out, stole second, and took third when the throw from Martinez bounced into center field. Barton followed by driving a 1-2 pitch over the short fence in right between the Oakland bullpen and the stands.
Suzuki tripled with two outs but Cust grounded out to end the inning.
Top of the 3d: Athletics 0, Red Sox 0
Bad inning there for the Sox. They loaded the bases when Beltre reached on an infield hit and Hall and McDonald walked with one out. But Scutaro popped to short and Pedroia (0 for 15) popped to second.
The Sox have left five men on and are 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position in two innings.
Middle of the 2d: Athletics 0, Red Sox 0
Lackey allowed a two-out infield single by Kouzmanoff, who should have had a double but Beltre made a ridiculous stop of a screamer down the line. Gross then reached on a single to left that Hall nearly made a diving catch of.
Lackey ended the inning by getting Ellis to line to left.
Top of the 2d: Athletics 0, Red Sox 0
Scutaro grounded to short. Pedroia (0 for 14) lined to first. But Martinez singled to center and Youkilis (of course) drew a walk. Ortiz had a chance to do some damage but struck out swinging.
Lefties are now 10 for 65 (.154) against Gonzalez with 18 strikeouts. If Mike Lowell doesn’t start against a guy like this, what is the point of him being on the team?
Middle of the 1st: Athletics 0, Red Sox 0
Think John Lackey is happy to see the A’s? 1-2-3 and he threw 10 pitches.
Top of the 1st: Athletics 0, Red Sox 0
The game was delayed by rain for 20 minutes but we’ve got baseball at Fenway Park. Hope you enjoy the game and, please, feel free to leave your comments about the game.