Lefty Brian Fuentes spotted the Red Sox a one-out infield single by Mike Aviles and a run-producing double by Dustin Pedroia, but managed to hold it right there. He retired Adrian Gonzalez on a grounder to end the game. It was Fuentes’ 200th save. Brandon McCarthy (2-3) got the win and Daniel Bard (2-3) took the loss. The game was played in 3:22 minutes, before 37,434.
Top 9th: A’s 4, Red Sox 1
Clay Mortenson has been the most impressive part of this game for Boston. Throwing strikes and getting ahead on the count. Mortensen went three innings, struck out six and allowed one hit and retired the last nine batters he faced.
Bottom 8th: A’s 4, Red Sox 1
David Ortiz doubled to the rightfield corner on a drive that Josh Reddick should have caught. But the Sox offense stalled once again.
Top 8th: A’s 4, Red Sox 1
Another strong inning for Clay Mortensen with a pair of strikeouts.
Bottom 7th: A’s 4, Red Sox 1
Marlon Byrd’s sacrifice fly scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia with Boston’s only run. Will Middlebrooks doubled to right after Salty singled. After Byrd’s hit, the Sox loaded the bases on two more walks – one by Ryan Sweeney which spelled the end of McCarthy’s night and one by Pedroia against reliever Ryan Cook. The team needed Adrian Gonzalez to come up with a big hit, and he couldn’t as he struck out to end the inning.
Bottom 6th: A’s 4, Red Sox 0
Red Sox can’t seem to muster anything against McCarthy. David Ortiz’ two-out double high atop the left field wall, was only the third hit for the Red Sox. Ortiz was stranded when Ross popped out.
Top 6th: A’s 4, Red Sox 0
The Red Sox are playing like the F’s against the A’s tonight. A misplayed ball in left on Seth Smith’s RBI double by Cody Ross (not called an error) led to all sorts of trouble for Daniel Bard. Reddick had singled to lead off the inning, but with one out Smith doubled him in. Smith came in on Ka’aihue’s single to right. After Suzuki was hit in the left hand. Inge then doubled in the fourth A’s run. With Bard’s pitch total exceeding 100, Bobby Valentine came to get him. In came Matt Albers who pitched very wlel in preventing further damage. He struck out Sogard and then retired Crisp on a tapper back to the mound.
Bottom 5th: A’s 1, Red Sox 0
Sox left runners in scoring position after Saltlamacchia reached on an error by the right fielder and Will Middlebrooks reached with his first major league hit, a nubber he beat out to third base. After Byrd and Aviles made outs (though Aviles looked safe on a ground ball), Sweeney popped to center to end the threat.
Top 5th:A’s 1, Red Sox 0
Bard has a strong inning, retiring Eric Sogard with a fly out and then the top of the order where Coco Crisp struck out swinging and Cliff Pennington grounded out top Bard.
Bottom 4th: A’s 1, Red Sox 0
Brandon McCarthy, who is 7-0 vs. AL-East teams in his last 12 starts against them, dominated the Sox in the fourth with a strikeout (Adrian Gonzalez) and a pair of ground ball outs (Ortiz and Ross).
Top 4th: A’s 1, Red Sox 0
Seth Smith knocked in Yoenis Cespedes with a single after Cespedes doubled off the wall with one out. Bard also allowed a single to Suzuki, but managed to strand two runners.
Bottom 3rd: A’s 0, Red Sox 0
The top of the Sox order – Aviles, Sweeney and Pedroia – are quickly set down.
Top 3rd: A’s 0, Red Sox 0
Bard walked Brandon Inge to start the third, but retired the side in order. Bard continues to show a good slider and an emerging changeup.
Bottom 2nd: A’s 0, Red Sox 0
In his first plate appearance, Will Middlebrooks, batting 8th in the Sox order, drew a four-pitch walk from A’s starter Brandon McCarthy with two outs. Middlebrooks then stole his first major league base, beating Suzuki’s throw to second base with Marlon Byrd up.Byrd, however, struck out to end the inning.
Top 2nd: A’s 0, Red Sox 0
Bard walked Ka’aihue after two outs, but got Kurt Suzuki to ground out to shortstop.
Bottom 1st: Athletics 0, Red Sox 0:
Ryan Sweeney had his 12th double with one out. Pedroia flied to left, Crisp catching it in the corner. Gonzalez walked before Ortiz grounded into the shift.
He’s 0 for 5 in May after his ridiculous April. Maybe that’s because it feels like November.
OK, Nick will handle it from here.
Top 1st: Athletics 0, Red Sox 0: Bard allowed a one-out single to left by Pennington, Then he started a 1-6-3 double play on Reddick.
Sox are wearing their 1936 uniforms. The socks are pretty sweet. If I were commissioner there would be mandatory showing of socks. And an AL East team in Las Vegas.
Pre-game: Hello from chilly Fenway Park, where the Red Sox will try and take the series from Oakland.
Daniel Bard, off his best start of the season, will face Brandon McCarthy. It’s also the MLB debut for Will Middlebrooks.
Nick Cafardo will join you soon. I’ll have the updates until then.