Posted September 02, 2012 on AP on Fox
There are some common themes for the beaten down, stumbling Boston Red Sox lately. Their starting pitchers take a pounding early and the hitters are left trying to play catch up. Those hitters still left, that is. Seth Smith hit a two-run homer, Stephen Drew hit a solo shot for his first clout since joining Oakland and the Athletics beat Boston 6-2 on Sunday for their season-best ninth straight win. And the sixth straight defeat for the Red Sox, who traded away several star players to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 25. ''We don't have the firepower to keep climbing out of big holes early,'' manager Bobby Valentine said. ''It's a tough way to make a living.'' The A's outscored the Red Sox 33-5 in the series and hit nine home runs - five of those in Friday night's 20-2 rout, two Saturday and two more Sunday. That after hitting four in the series finale at Cleveland on Thursday. ''It's unacceptable,'' Boston rig...
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