Game over: A’s 7, Red Sox 1: The Sox have lost five straight and 10 of their last 13 games. They have been outscored 48-13 on the first five games of their road trip.
The Athletics have won eight straight for the first time since 2006. Rookie righthander A.J. Griffin came off the disabled list and held the Sox to one run on three hits over seven innings. He had a perfect game into the fifth inning.
Griffin (4-0) struck out five without a walk. He has faced the Sox twice this season and given up three runs over 13 innings.
Top of the 9th: A’s 7, Red Sox 1: Rich Hill, fresh off the DL, whiffed two. Then Andrew Bailey returned to the Oakland mound as a member of the Sox and fanned Cespedes.
14 strikeouts by Sox pitchers tonight. OK, seven runs on 11 hits, too. Trying to stay positive.
Middle of the 8th: A’s 7, Red Sox 1: Carter’s home run off Daniel Bard in the seventh inning extended Oakland’s lead to 7-1. Bard allowed a single by Pennington then bounced back to strike out Norris and Brandon Hicks.
Rich Hill now coming in Griffin held the Sox to one run on three hits over seven innings. He struck out five without a walk. He has faced the Sox twice this season and given up three runs over 13 innings.
Top of the 7th: A’s 6, Red Sox 1: Ciriaco reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a single to left by Pedroia, who extended his hit streak to 12 games. Ciriaco looked out at the plate in a great throw by Cespedes.
Top of the 6th: A’s 6, Red Sox 0: Pennington singled, stole second and scored on a single by Norris. Sox have been outscored 47-12 on this trip so far.
Middle of the 5th: A’s 5, Red Sox 0: Salty broke up the perfect game with a bunt single against the shift. Crowd didn’t like it. That’s a little bush depending on your view.
Top of the 5th: A’s 5, Red Sox 0: The Sox are getting perfect gamed and Griffin has thrown only 46 pitches. Aceves started the fourth inning and left two runners on.
Aceves had a brutal error when he tried to catch a foul pop and dropped the ball after pushing Salty out of the way.
After the inning, second baseman Dustin Pedroia confronted Aceves in the dugout and their conversation became heated. Third base coach Jerry Royster had to step between them.
Top of the 4th: A’s 5, Red Sox 0: Here we go again. Crisp led off with a single and was thrown out at the plate when he tried to score on a double by Gomes. With two outs, Cespedes singled in Gomes.
Cespedes then stole second and third before Carter walked. Inge followed with a blast over the head in Ross in right. He caught up to the ball and tried to make a backhanded catch over his shoulder. The ball hit his glove and bounced away for a two-run double. Ross banged his right shoulder hard into the wall but stayed in the game.
Norris followed with an RBI single.
Top of the 3rd: A’s 1, Red Sox 0: The Sox haven’t put anybody on base yet. Doubront worked around an E-5 and a walk in the second.
Bottom of the 2nd: A’s 1, Red Sox 0: I am told by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that Coco Crisp has some sort of postgame victory dance related to a song from “Weekend at Bernie’s” and that’s why Terry Kiser (“Bernie”) threw out the first pitch tonight.
Hey, at least they’re having fun.
Top of the 2nd: A’s 1, Red Sox 0: Coco Crisp had a leadoff homer. A’s players who were once Red Sox now have 10 homers against the Sox this season.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, A’s 0: Easy inning for Griffin, who retired the Sox in order on 12 pitches.
Pre-game: Good evening from Oakland Coliseum, where it’s actually “Weekend at Bernie’s” Day. Yes, that movie came out in 1989.
The Sox have lost six straight against the Athletics for the first time since 1969. It’ll be Felix Doubront against rookie A.J. Griffin.
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