Game over: A’s 3, Red Sox 0: The Sox were held to seven hits by Griffin and Brant Balfour, wh0 chalked up his 43rd consecutive save. The game was a pleasant two hours and 45 minutes.
The Sox are 5-4 on their road trip with one game left.
Top of the 9th: A’s 3, Red Sox 0: Griffin went eight innings. Lester allowed another run in the seventh. He wasn’t terrible but nowhere near good enough.
Top of the 7th: A’s 2, Red Sox 0: The put two runners on as Ortiz reached on an error and Nava singled with two outs. Salty then flied to left.
The A’s took a 2-0 lead. Lowrie walked with one out. Singles by Donaldson and Cespedes scored him.
Top of the 6th: A’s 1, Red Sox 0: The Red Sox got a single from Holt but nothing else. Norris them homered with two outs in the bottom of the inning, hammering an 0-and-2 pitch to left. No. 5 on the year for him.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 0, A’s 0: Napoli roped a double off the wall in center with one out. But Nava flied deep to left and Salty deep to center.
Lester has retired seven straight. He got some help that inning when Ellsbury made a diving catch to steal a hit from Cespedes.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 0, A’s 0: Victorino singled and stole second (guess his legs feel fine) but that was it for the Sox. Lester then retired the A’s in order. Victorino made a nice running catch on Lowrie to end the inning.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, A’s 0: The Sox went in order. Lester survived a rocky inning. Cespedes walked before Wellesley’s own Nate Freiman grounded into a double play. Young and Reddick singled before Norris grounded to first.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, A’s 0: The Sox got a one-out single from Victorino and a two-out single from Ortiz. But Griffin, who has a big old-fashioned curveball, struck out Napoli.
Lester handled the Athletics in order. This is not a critical game for the Sox. But Lester could sure use a strong start to end a disappointing first half.
Pre-game: Good evening from Oakland Coliseum and tonight’s game between the Red Sox and Athletics.
Can Jon Lester go into the All-Star break on a good note? Will Matt Thornton pitch? Can David Ortiz hit one out of Oakland Coliseum? We’ll have updates all game long.
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