Sometimes one play can make all the difference, shown on Friday night as the Oakland Athletics fell to the Boston Red Sox 4-2 at O.co Coliseum.
Jarrod Parker allowed two runs in the second inning before retiring 15 straight batters. He gave up a total of three hits and struck out three through seven innings of work.
The Athletics had trouble getting a hit off Boston’s John Lackey until the fifth, when Seth Smith doubled and scored on a John Jaso single to give Oakland its first hit, then first run. The A’s could have scored more had it not been for an exceptional grab from Boston’s Dustin Pedroia to turn a double play and end the inning.
“That’s one of those momentum switches that you talk about,” said manager Bob Melvin. “It was probably the biggest play of the game.”
In the next inning, Jed Lowrie hit a home run over the head of right fielder Shane Victorino, marking his seventh blast of the season. Parker was able to keep the game tied until he came out in the seventh inning.