Red Sox 9, Athletics 8(14)
A ninth-inning rally couldn’t save the Oakland Athletics from
The A’s absorbed their fifth consecutive loss Saturday when J.D.
Drew hit a two-out RBI single in the 14th inning to give the Boston
Red Sox a 9-8 victory.
Oakland scored four runs off closer Jonathan Papelbon in the
ninth to tie it at 7, then took the lead in the 11th. But its
bullpen couldn’t preserve an unlikely victory.
”It was a great, great comeback to tie the game in the ninth,
then to actually go ahead in extra innings,” manager Bob Geren
said. ”We had the game. We were in pretty good shape.”
Drew’s winning single came against Guillermo Moscoso (2-1), who
was the ninth A’s pitcher in the 5-hour, 17-minute game.
”We did a great job. The offense came through – tied it up off
one of the best closers in the game,” said starter Trevor Cahill,
who lasted seven innings.
”We got hits when we had to. Just an all-around good job by
them. It’s just tough to lose a game like that when everybody’s
battling so hard and just doesn’t have anything to show for
Oakland, which entered with the second-fewest runs in the AL,
scored four times in a wild ninth against Papelbon after second
baseman Dustin Pedroia booted a potential game-ending double-play
grounder. Catcher Jason Varitek and Papelbon were ejected by plate
umpire Tony Randazzo in the inning.
Mark Ellis hit a leadoff single and Daric Barton walked. After
Landon Powell struck out, Pedroia had pinch-hitter Coco Crisp’s
grounder go through his legs, scoring a run. Pennington’s RBI
double made it 7-5 and Varitek was ejected while arguing during the
Conor Jackson then tied it with a two-run single.
Papelbon was ejected after throwing the first pitch to the next
hitter, Ryan Sweeney, and had to be restrained by manager Terry
Francona. He appeared to bump Randazzo before being shoved out of
the way by Francona.
Bobby Jenks got out of the inning when he struck out Hideki
Matsui with runners on first and third with a pitch in the dirt
that bounced away. Jackson would have scored from third on the
play, but catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia fired to first just in
The Red Sox opened a 5-2 lead in the sixth inning on RBI hits by
Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis and Carl Crawford.
Crawford’s two-run double made it 7-3 in the eighth.
The late blowup spoiled another solid start by Josh Beckett, who
yielded three runs and four hits in six-plus innings. It was just
the third time in 12 starts that he’s given up more than two
Cahill, coming off his worst consecutive starts of the season,
surrendered five runs and eight hits. The right-hander, who won 18
games last season, is 0-2 with a 5.49 ERA in his last three
Jackson also had a key double in the 11th as Oakland grabbed the
lead, but Andrew Bailey couldn’t hold it.
”You’ve got a chance to break a losing streak and get things
right,” Bailey said. ”Just kind of obviously didn’t do my job.
Really not much to say other than that.”
Boston tied it with two outs in the 11th. Saltalamacchia doubled
high off the left-field wall and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s double
down the right-field line.
Crawford had four hits and drove in three runs and Adrian
Gonzalez hit a solo homer for Boston. Alfredo Aceves (3-1) pitched
four innings for the win.
NOTES: Francona said before the game that RHP Clay Buchholz’s
next start may be moved back few days because the pitcher was
worried about how his back felt in Friday’s start. … Red Sox RHP
John Lackey is scheduled to start the series finale on Sunday in
his return from the 15-day disabled list after being sidelined with
strained right elbow. … The game was originally scheduled for
7:10, but moved to 1:10 so Boston fans could get home in time and
watch the Bruins play at Vancouver in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup
final. … Matsui snapped a career-worst 0-for-19 slump with an