Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/4/12

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Brandon Moss drove in the tying run with a single, and Coco Crisp hit a sacrifice fly to center field to win it for the Oakland Athletics, who they rallied for two runs in the ninth inning Tuesday to beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2.

In his first start since June 17, Oakland's Bartolo Colon pitched six innings, allowing five hits and two runs (one earned). Jordan Noberto, Jim Miller and Jerry Blevins (2-0) tossed a combined three scoreless innings.

The loss wasted a fine outing by Boston's Jon Lester, who pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits and a walk. He struck out nine.

Alfredo Aceves (0-6) blew the lead in the ninth, making him 19-for-23 on save opportunities this season. He had converted his previous eight save chances.

In the ninth, Chris Carter singled and with one out, and pinch hitter Cliff Pennington singled, putting runners at first and second. Moss' hit to center scored the Carter, and Pennington moved over to third and Moss to second on a throwing error by center fielder Ryan Kalish. Crisp then flied out deep to center, easily scoring Pennington.

In the bottom of the eighth against reliever Vicente Padilla, Kurt Suzuki hit a line drive to short off the glove of shortstop Mike Aviles that was ruled an error. Crisp singled to left. Jemile Weeks sacrificed to put runners at second and third, and the Red Sox intentionally walked Josh Reddick.

With the bases loaded and one out, Padilla struck out Yoenis Cespedes swinging on a 94 mph fastball. Padilla got ahead of Jonny Gomes 0-2, then got him swinging on a 95 mph heater.

The Red Sox had a chance to add to the lead in the ninth. Kalish singled to right and Aviles walked, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. But first baseman Carter made a diving catch of Nick Punto's bunt, and the A's doubled off Aviles, who failed to get back to first base in time. Kalish was then thrown out trying to steal third base.

The Red Sox tied the game in the second inning on a Jarrod Saltalamacchia home run to right field. In the fourth inning, David Ortiz singled to right-center. Ortiz advanced to third on a hit to center by Adrian Gonzalez. Saltalamacchia hit a grounder, but Oakland first baseman Chris Carter could not field the ball, allowing Ortiz to score, giving Boston a 2-1 lead.

Coco Crisp led off the bottom of the first with a homer to left to give Oakland a 1-0 lead. Jon Lester recovered after that to retire 12 in a row and 14 of the next 15 batters he faced.

NOTES: The Red Sox placed right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list with a stiff neck. He has an injury along the trapezius muscle on the right side of his neck. Infielder Mauro Gomez was recalled from Triple A-Pawtucket to take Matsuzaka's roster spot. ... Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks, still nursing a tight left hamstring, might be headed to the DL in a few days if his condition does not improve. ... Colon, who had been out due to a strained right oblique, was activated from the DL before the game. The A's designated left-handed pitcher Brian Fuentes for assignment. Fuentes was 2-2 with five saves, three blown saves and a 6.84 ERA in 26 relief appearances.

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