Final: Red Sox 4, A’s 0
Avenging a 15-5 loss Friday night, the Red Sox completed a rain-delayed doubleheader sweep of the Oakland A’s with a 4-0 win, which came on the heels of a 9-3 romp in the first game.
Erik Bedard pitched well enough to earn his first victory with the Red Sox after he threw four scoreless frames of two-hit ball at the A’s. But Bedard was denied the win when he departed the game after rain caused a one-hour delay in the fifth inning.
Alfredo Aceves (9-1) got the win after he took the mound for the Sox when the game resumed and threw three perfect innings, allowing just one walk while striking out three before handing it to Daniel Bard in the eighth, who turned it over the Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth.
David Oritz paced a nine-hit attack going 3 for 4 with 2 RBI on a 2-run homer (his 27th of the season) off A’s starter Graham Godfrey in the second inning.
Top of 8th: Red Sox 4, A’s 0
A Hideki Matsui single is all the A’s can muster against Daniel Bard in the eighth. The crowd (announced as 37,039) can smell a sweep as they croon “Sweet Caroline.”
Bottom of 7th: Red Sox 4, A’s 0
The Sox go down in 1-2-3 fashion as Outman sandwiches a pair of strikeouts against Ellsbury and Gonzalez around a Scutaro flyball out to left.
Top of 7th: Red Sox 4, A’s 0
Aceves continued to devour innings for the Red Sox with a strong seventh, his third scoreless frame. After issuing a lead-off walk to David DeJesus, Aceves retires the next two batters on flyball outs and the third on a pop up to short. Daniel Bard is expected to pitch the eighth.
Bottom of 6th: Red Sox 4, A’s 0
The Red Sox tacked on another run when Jed Lowrie reached on a two-base throwing error by third baseman Scott Sizemore, who airmailed a routine throw to first over the head of first baseman Brandon Allen. Lowrie advanced to third, tagging up on Carl Crawford’s fly to right, and scored when Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a towering pop up to shallow right that fell fair between three converging Oakland fielders for a double. Saltalamacchia went to third on a wild pitch, but was stranded there when Josh Reddick struck out to end the inning.
Top of 6th: Red Sox 3, A’s 0
A strong 1-2-3 inning for Aceves, who struck out the first two batters he faced before getting Scott Sizemore to pop up to first. Aceves has now retired six consecutive batters.
Bottom of 5th: Red Sox 3, A’s 0
The Red Sox stranded a runner at third after Jacoby Ellsbury hit a lead-off double to left and advanced to third on Marco Scutaro’s sacrifice bunt. The Sox, however, were unable to plate Ellsbury when Adrian Gonzalez struck out and Dustin Pedroia lined out to the mound.
Top of 5th: Red Sox 3, A’s 0
Aceves retired the three batters he faced, striking out Coco Crisp, to strand the baserunner he inherited from Bedard. LHP Josh Outman has relieved Graham Godfrey (4 innings, 3 runs, 6 hits, 1 strikeout, 1 home run) for the A’s in the bottom of the fifth.
Update: 9:25 p.m.
After a one-hour delay, Alfredo Aceves just trotted out of the bullpen to start the top of the 5th in relief of Erik Bedard, who threw four scoreless frames while allowing two hits and four walks and striking out five batters.
Update: 9:08 p.m.
It was just announced in the press box at Fenway Park that Game 2 is scheduled to resume at 9:25 p.m.
Update: 8:27 p.m.
We are now in a rain delay — the third of the day — with no outs in the top of the fifth inning and the Sox in control of a 3-0 lead.
Bottom of 4th: Red Sox 3, A’s 0
The Red Sox load the bases on three straight singles off Godfrey, who escapes with just one run allowed after inducing Carl Crawford to pop up to second, Jarrod Saltalamacchia to ground out to first (scoring Dustin Pedroia from third), and Josh Reddick to fly to center to end the inning.
Top of 4th: Red Sox 2, A’s 0
After surviving a shaky first inning, Bedard has settled in and retired nine of 11 batters he’s faced, including the last seven in a row, striking out the last two to walk off the mound in the fourth working on a one-hit shutout.
Bottom of 2d: Red Sox 2, A’s 0
David Ortiz gave Bedard a 2-0 lead when he belted a two-run homer off Graham Godfrey in the second inning. After Dustin Pedroia reached on a double to left — the 199th of his career — Ortiz came to the plate and crushed Godfrey’s 0-and-1 offering into the Green Monster seats.
Top of 2d: Red Sox 0, A’s 0
We’re underway here at Fenway Park for Game 2 of this split double-header.Erik Bedard survived a shaky first inning, walking the bases full with two out before inducing Scott Sizemore to hit a fielder’s choice to short.
The second inning wasn’t quite as eventful, but it was nevertheless labored for the Sox lefty starter. With two out and men on the corners, Bedard struck out Coco Crisp to get out of the inning.