Athletics 3, Red Sox 2(11)

Josh Donaldson performed like an All-Star, though he’ll be

spending his break somewhere other than Citi Field New York.

Donaldson homered, then blooped an RBI single with two outs in

the 11th inning as the Oakland Athletics beat Boston 3-2 Sunday

despite a stellar start by Red Sox rookie Brandon Workman.

”I got jammed and was able to dink it in,” Donaldson said.

”It was awesome.”

He heads into the break hitting .310 with 16 home runs and 61

RBIs. Numbers only AL All-Star third basemen Miguel Cabrera and

backup Manny Machado can rival.

”In our hearts and minds he’s an All-Star,” A’s manager Bob

Melvin said. ”Not only did he knock in the winning run, he knocked

in all three runs. That’s a pretty good first half but there was no

room for him.”

Workman took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning of his first

major league start. Coco Crisp broke it up with a leadoff infield

single.

He became the first Red Sox pitcher in 79 years to allow three

or fewer baserunners in his first major league start.

Workman had pitched in only one big league game, getting roughed

up over two innings in relief at Seattle on Wednesday. He became

the third rookie in four days to pitch no-hit ball into the sixth

inning of his first big league start – Houston’s Jarred Cosart and

Cleveland’s Danny Salazar did it in their major league debuts.

Donaldson hit a two-run homer off Workman to tie it in the

seventh, then singled with two outs in the 11th. Matt Thornton

(0-4) lost in his Red Sox debut.

”That was pretty much all I have right there,” Donaldson said

of his blast. ”He made a mistake. I hit it hard.”

Ryan Cook (2-2) worked two innings for the victory.

”It’s kind of our motto since the end of last year to just keep

grinding,” Cook said. ”We have a good feeling every day.”

Pinch-hitter Chris Young drew a leadoff walk in the Oakland 11th

and moved up on a sacrifice. After a two-out walk, Donaldson

singled to right field.

”I know he’s an aggressive hitter and he’s looking to win the

game right there,” Thornton said. ”I’m looking to make a pitch

down and in. I thought I made a pretty good pitch and he was able

to fist it over there and drop it right in the perfect spot. If you

don’t walk the leadoff guy, that situation doesn’t come

around.”

Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt each drove in a run for the Red

Sox, who have not won a series in Oakland since July of 2006.

Workman gave up two hits, walked one and struck out five in 6

1-3 innings. The 24-year-old righty was a combined 8-2 at Triple-A

and Double-A this season.

”He was very poised, very good mound presence, good

composure,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ”I thought he had

very good stuff. He stayed out of the middle of the plate for most

of the day, multiple pitches for strikes.”

All-Star Bartolo Colon gave up two runs on eight hits over 6 1-3

innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out four. The Oakland

pitcher will not play in the All-Star game after starting

Sunday.

The Red Sox loaded the bases with two outs without benefit of a

hit in the 11th before Cook caught Holt looking at a called third

strike.

Colon retired 14 in a row before giving up Ellsbury’s single

leading off the sixth. After Daniel Nava singled, Pedroia followed

with an RBI single to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.

Mike Carp doubled to lead off the seventh and scored on Holt’s

single, which ended Colon’s day.

Jonny Gomes was ejected from the game after striking out to lead

off the ninth. Gomes tried to call time, but it was not granted and

he took a weak swing for the third strike.

NOTES: Donaldson has 16 home runs, the most home runs by an A’s

third baseman since Eric Chavez hit 26 in 2005. … Oakland

All-Star reliever Grant Balfour struck out the side in the ninth.

… Red Sox LHP Drake Britton was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket

and OF Jackie Bradley Jr. was optioned to Pawtucket. … Red Sox

RHP Clay Buchholz (9-0, 1.71) threw a second bullpen session before

the game and will likely throw one more on Tuesday before making a

rehab start. … Red Sox IF Stephen Drew could return to action on

Friday when the Yankees visit Fenway Park. Manager John Farrell

also suggested he might be able to get a few at-bats Thursday with

Pawtucket. … A’s LHP Brett Anderson is close to throwing off a

mound. Manager Bob Melvin said once he throws a bullpen session,

the team will have a better idea of his rehab schedule. Melvin,

along with Pedroia, were recently added to the Arizona Fall League

Hall of Fame. … Balfour, the only major league closer without a

blown save, was added to the AL All-Star team when Colon threw his

first pitch. … The A’s enter the All-Star break with a winning

record for the first time in five years. … Gomes recorded his

third career ejection and his first since June 5, 2008. … Colon

made career appearance No. 400. He did not walk a batter for the

10th time in 19 starts.