Alfredo Aceves was brought in to preserve the five-run lead. He struck out Yoenis Cespedes and Seth Smith, but Anthony Recker doubled off the wall with two outs. But Barton popped out to end the game. Game time: 3:23.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 11, A’s 6
Dustin Pedroia doubled to left field and Adrian Gonzalez was walked intentionally by reliever Jim Miller. Lars Anderson, who is playing left, popped out to left field to end the inning.
Top 8th: Red Sox 11, A’s 6
Crowd announced at 37,359 to continue sellout streak. Lots of empty seats all night. The A’s loaded the bases off Scott Atchison, but Franklin Morales came on to induce a 4-3 double-play on a nice play and throw by Dustin Pedroia.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 11, A’s 6
Byrd knocked into a double-play after Shoppach walked following three consecutive strikeouts.
Top 7th: Red Sox 11, A’s 6
Buchholz allowed six earned against the worst lineup in the AL. A two-run single by Coco Crisp and a three-run homer by Josh Reddick was all she wrote as Bobby Valentine removed him after the Reddick homer with a five-run lead. This got a little dicey as Junichi Tazawa, who is likely to be sent back to Pawtucket when Aaron Cook is activated, allowed a single, hit a batter and then watched as Nick Punto dropped a pop-up to reload the bases. That brought in Vicente Padilla, who went 2-0 to Barton before striking him out to end the inning.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 11, A’s 1
Gonzalez, Ross and Ortiz go down without a fuss.
Top 6th: Red Sox 11, A’s 1
Buchholz threw his second DP ball of the game after a Reddick single
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 11, A’s 1
Ortiz hit his second homer of the night with an assist from Josh Reddick, who batted the ball over the fence as his momentum carried him into the Sox bullpen. Ortiz is now 13-for-28 with three homers vs. lefties. Marlon Byrd doubled off the wall scoring Darnell McDonald who had reached on an infield single. Mike Aviles then smashed a three-run homer to out this one prettty much in the “W” column for the Red Sox.
Top 5th: Red Sox 6, A’s 1
Buchholz allowed two baserunners – a walk to Inge and he hit Pennington, but then got the next two batters.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 6, A’s 1
Red Sox go down quietly.
Top 4th: Red Sox 6, A’s 1
This looks more like the 2010 Clay Buchholz. He retires the A’s in order. The A’s, of course, have the worst offense in the AL.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 6, A’s 1
Darnell McDonald belted a two-run homer to leftcenter with David Ortiz (walk) aboard.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 4, A’s 1
Josh Reddick knocked into an inning-ending double-play after Coco Crisp reached on an infield hit.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 4, A’s 1
David Ortiz homered on a lined shot to right field. It was the first hit by a left-hander off Milone this season. Darnell McDonald reached with a ground-rule double with one out and scored on Marlon Byrd’s single to right. After Nick Punto, who replaced Kevin Youkilis,grounded out, Mike Aviles knocked in the run with a single. Dustin Pedroia then singled and Aviles scored on Jemile Weeks’ throwing error after fielding Adrian Gonzalez’ grounder hit into the shift.
Top 2nd: A’s 1, Red Sox 0
The A;s scored a run on a rundown, Buchholz allowed a single and walk before newly acquired Brandon Inge lined out to center. But Cliff Pennington singled to left with Daric Barton getting caught in a rundown allowing Kurt Suzuki to score.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, A’s 0
The Sox stranded Dustin Pedroia at second after he reached on an error and stole second base. vs. lefty Tom Milone, who has not allowed a hit to left-handed hitter this season.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, A’s 0
Clay Buchholz retired the first two batters before walking Josh Reddick and then getting Yoeneis Cespedes to line out to center.