OAKLAND, Calif. — Coco Crisp and Brandon Moss burned their former team again.
Crisp 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, while Moss homered and had three hits.
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. Moss had six hits and two homers in the series.
“Playing against a team you came up with and team you played your first little bit in the big leagues with is special,” Moss said. “You want to do well, not out of animosity, but to show they did draft a good player.”
Josh Reddick, another former Boston player, singled and walked on Wednesday.
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.
“We’re all starting to find our groove now,” Crisp said. “We’re taking the pressure off the guys (in the middle of the order) and hitting more like a team.”
Crisp 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 a perfect 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.
“It's very exciting,” Ortiz said. “I'm just trying to play the game and trying to contribute for this ballclub. I know at some point in my career when I'm not playing baseball I might look at it from the outside and be like, 'Whoa, I guess I had a good career.' I look at it right now as just another home run that you put out there.”
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 deep.
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.
A’s starters have allowed one earned run or fewer in six consecutive games, equaling the longest streak in Oakland history.
“It’s impressive,” Griffin said. “That’s pretty cool. I’m speechless.”
In 18 innings over three starts, Griffin allowed just three earned runs.
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.
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. One 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 amazes me every day,” Inge said. “He’s an unbelievable talent. Every time he swings everyone in the whole dugout jumps.”
Moss also stretched the A’s streak to 15 consecutive games with at least one homer, the club’s longest streak since April 12 to 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 charged with an error on a ball Suzuki hit in Tuesday’s game.
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