Top 9th: Red Sox 6, A’s 4
Game over. Papelbon earns his 13th save after giving up a solo pinch-hit homer to Kevin Kouzmanoff, his 4th, on a 1-0 pitch. Sox erase a 3-0 first-inning deficit and go on and win. Daisuke Matsuzaka lasted 6 2/3 innings and except for a rough first pitched well enough to earn the win. He allowed 10 hits, walked none, and struck out seven.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 6, Oakland 3
Sox push in another run on Marco Scutaro’s RBI single. We’re heading into the 9th with Jonathan Papelbon on to close it out. Unfortuantely, Tampa Bay is beating up the Jays, but Sox should move into third with a win.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 5, A’s 3
A little insurance for Sox as Dustin Pedroia is slowly but surely coming out of his offensive slump with a double into the left field corner, scoring Scutaro, who also doubled. Bard is back out there for the eighth.
Top 7th: Red Sox 4, A’s 3
Dice-K out after 6 2/3 innings. He put two on and threw 108 pitches. He got a nice ovation as Daniel Bard came into the game. After a tough first inning, in which Jeremy Hermida misplayed a line drive, he did a good job. We’re all trying to get over Jim Joyce’s botched call in Armando Galarraga’s bid for a perfect game.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 4, A’s 3
David Ortiz pulled a 3-2 fastball into the grandstand in right field with Darnell McDonald aboard to give the Sox the lead. No. 12 for Ortiz, the AL Player of the Month for May.
Top 4th: A’s 3, Red Sox 2
Dice-K and Sheets have both settled down as we enter the fourth. Interesting news that Ken Griffey Jr. will retire immediately. The Mariners announced the news. One of the more fluid, exciting players I ever saw in his prime. Great career. Too bad it didn’t end well, with the story that he fell asleep in the clubhouse and wasn’t available to pinch hit. Griffey is the best all-around player of his generation. Update: Dice-K puts a couple on. No problem. Beltre starts a 5-3 DP to end inning.
A’s 3, Red Sox 2
Sox couldn’t get it all back, stranding Kevin Youkilis at second, but they chipped away vs. Ben Sheets. After Marco Scutaro got a grounder past second baseman Mark Ellis, who broke the wrong way on the ground ball, David Ortiz doubled and both came in on Youkilis’s single to center on which Rajai Davis overshot the cutoff man, allowing Youkilis to take second. But Sheets retired J.D. Drew and Adrian Beltre. Not the greatest start defensively or fundamentally tonight.
Top 1st: A’s 3, Red Sox 0
This is the reason the Red Sox need an outfielder – Jeremy Hermida isn’t very good. While the official scorer didn’t call it an error, we all know it was. A liner hit by Daric Barton to left-center clanged off Hermida’s glove for a double that should have been the second out. Ryan Sweeney followed with a double off the wall, scoring Barton, and Kurt Suzuki followed with a two-run homer. Another rocky start for Dice-K.