OAKLAND, Calif. — Coco Crisp burned his former team for the second day in a row.
The outfielder tripled and scored the tie-breaking run in the seventh inning of
the A’s 3-2 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday at the Coliseum. A night
earlier, Crisp drove in two of the A’s three runs, including the game-winning
sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth.
The A’s completed a three-game sweep of Boston, their first sweep of the Red Sox
since May 2008.
Crisp, who also singled on Wednesday, has hit .333 (24-for-72) over his past 19
games. He led off the seventh with a triple off the right field fence against
Aaron Cook. Jemile Weeks then singled against reliever Andrew Miller, snapping
the 2-2 tie.
A’s reliever Grant Balfour, who retired all five batters he faced, picked up the
victory. Jerry Blevins struck out David Ortiz to end the eighth. All Star closer
Ryan Cook worked the ninth to record the save.
The highlight of the day for the Red Sox was the 400th career homer for Ortiz,
who became the 49th player to reach that milestone.
That homer snapped a streak of 14 consecutive scoreless innings for A’s rookie
A.J. Griffin. The 24-year-old right-hander had allowed a two-run homer in the
first inning of his debut on June 24, and then nothing else until Ortiz took him
The Red Sox took the lead on Adrian Gonzalez’s two-out RBI single in the sixth.
The run was unearned because it followed a two-out error by Weeks.
Griffin retired the next batter and finished his day allowing one earned run in
six innings. In 18 innings over three starts, he’s allowed just three earned
The A’s took him off the hook for a loss by scoring a run in the bottom of the
sixth to tie the game.
Brandon Moss reached on a double when his pop fly dropped in shallow left field,
apparently lost in the sun by third baseman Mauro Gomez and shortstop Mike
Aviles. An out later, Brandon Inge doubled into right-center to drive in Moss,
tying the game.
Moss had put the A’s on the board in the second inning with a homer, his 10th in
just 24 games with the A’s. Moss became the first player to hit as many as 10
homers in his first 24 games with the A’s since Dave Kingman hit 11 in 1984.
Moss also stretched the A’s streak to 15 consecutive games with at least one
homer, the club’s longest streak since April 12-May 1, 2002.
NOTES: Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia was not in the Red Sox lineup because he jammed his
thumb trying to make a diving catch on Tuesday. He is expected to be examined in
Boston on Thursday. … Boston recalled RHP Justin Germano from Triple-A Pawtucket
and optioned RHP Clayton Mortensen. … Outfielder Darnell McDonald was claimed
off waivers by the Yankees. The Red Sox designated McDonald for assignment on
Sunday… A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki picked up a hit before the game started,
courtesy of a scoring change. Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles was originally
charge with an error on a ball Suzuki hit in Tuesday’s game.
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