A's Fail To Complete Sweep Against Red Sox

The Oakland A's look to continue hanging around in the AL West playoff race. They managed to take two of three in their September home series against the Boston Red Sox.

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Athletics Fall In Third Game Against Red Sox

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – J.D. Drew finished 3-for-3 and knocked in two runs as Boston rallied past Oakland, 5-3, in the final contest of three between the clubs.

Ryan Kalish added a pinch-hit, two-run single for the Red Sox, who avoided a sweep.

Josh Beckett (5-4) earned the win by allowing three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts over six innings.

Mark Ellis collected two hits and drove in a pair for the Athletics, whose three-game win streak was snapped.

Dallas Braden (9-12) worked 5 2/3 innings in defeat, charged with six hits and four runs with four walks.

Ahead by just one, the Red Sox posted an insurance run in the eighth. Adrian Beltre singled off Michael Wuertz then Jerry Blevins entered and walked Mike Lowell with one out. Drew then singled, but Blevins threw the ball away and Beltre came home.

Scott Atchison turned in his second straight scoreless frame in the eighth then Jonathan Papelbon retired the side in order in the ninth for his 36th save.

Beckett struggled with control throughout, walking five batters. Oakland picked up a run in the third with patient at-bats as Coco Crisp, Daric Barton and Kurt Suzuki all drew bases on balls before a walk to Jack Cust forced in a run.

The A’s tacked on two more in the fifth as Barton singled, Suzuki was plunked and Ellis scored both with a double.

Boston countered with a four-run sixth. Beltre doubled with two outs, then David Ortiz singled and Lowell walked to load the sacks. Henry Rodriguez came on for Braden but allowed a two-run double from Drew. Kalish then stroked a two-run pinch-hit single to give the Sox a one-run edge.

Oakland won five of the nine games in the season series, including four of six in California, taking the season slate over Boston for the first time since 2006…Ellis extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games…The Red Sox avoided being swept by the A’s for the first time since May 23-25, 2008…Both clubs are in action on Monday as the BoSox finish their road trip in Seattle and the Athletics begin a road swing at Kansas City.

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A's Look To Sweep Red Sox Behind Dallas Braden

The Oakland A’s look to accomplish a rare sweep of the Boston Red Sox as they look to finish their homestand at 7-2. They gained some ground on the Rangers earlier in the week but have seen the Rangers pull back-to-back comebacks against the Yankees to hold their ground on Oakland at 7.5 games difference.

The A’s send out Dallas Braden who was roughed up by the Mariners in his last start to the tune of six earned runs in five innings. He struggled through 4 2/3 innings against the Red Sox earlier this year and will look to put together a quality start for the A’s.

The Red Sox counter with Josh Beckett who’s 2010 season has been a bit of a mess. He’s given up three runs in each of his last three starts and is hoping to be settling down as the season starts to wrap up.

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A's Use Late Rally To Defeat Red Sox 4-3

The Oakland A’s bounced back to one game over .500 with a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The A’s trailed 2-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh with the offense struggling. In the seventh, Daric Barton led off with a double, which was followed by back-to-back one out RBI singles by Jack Cust and Mark Ellis to tie the game. Two batters later Rajai Davis tripled to give the A’s a 3-2 lead.

The A’s added what would turn into a key insurance run on an eighth inning RBI single by Jack Cust. The Red Sox managed a two out RBI off Andrew Bailey before Bailey struck out David Ortiz to finish the game.

The A’s will wrap up the series tomorrow afternoon with Dallas Braden battling Josh Beckett. The A’s are currently seven games back of first while awaiting the results of the Yankees-Rangers battle. Texas leads 4-2 in the seventh and will be looking to maintain their ground for one more day.

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Brett Anderson Looks To Lead A's Past Lackey And Red Sox

The Oakland A’s look to take the second game of this three game series with the Boston Red Sox in their endless bid to shake things up in the AL West. The A’s received yet another strong pitching performance from Trevor Cahill last night in defeating the Red Sox 5-0. Anderson will look for a repeat of his strong performance against the Mariners earlier this week.

The Red Sox send out John Lackey who is looking to gain some measure of consistency. Lackey has alternated strong and weak performances and will look to avoid that with a second straight strong outing. The Red Sox have struggled through injuries but sit with a .553 winning percentage that would put them in a tie with the Rangers. Unfortunately for them they sit in the same division as the Yankees and Rays and have to settle for third place at this point.

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A's Jump On Red Sox Early, Ride Trevor Cahill Dominance to Victory

Although the A’s are still long shots to win the AL West, their starting pitching has been as good as anybody this year. In fact, their starting pitcher’s collective ERA is the lowest such ERA in the MLB since 1989. The dominance continued today with Trevor Cahill shutting down the Red Sox over seven innings as the A’s won 5-0.

The A’s offense gave Cahill some quick support putting up three runs in the first and two runs in the second while chasing Clay Buchholz after 39 pitches. Buchholz came into the game leading the American League in ERA but was handled fairly easily by the Oakland A’s normally soft offense. Kurt Suzuki knocked in two runs on a double in the first, while Daric Barton knocked in two more with a single in the second.

The Red Sox bullpen was dominant the rest of the way but it didn’t matter as Trevor Cahill, Craig Breslow and Henry Rodriguez took care of business. Cahill went seven innings, holding the Red Sox to three hits and two walks. The Red Sox had two chances at scoring, but came up short both times. Coco Crisp robbed Ryan Kalish of a leadoff home run at the beginning of the game. The Red Sox put men on second and third with two outs in the second but couldn’t get anybody win. Other than that they never got past first base.

Unfortunately the Rangers pulled out a 6-5 victory in the 13th inning, leaving the A’s seven games back of first. The A’s will look to gain ground tomorrow night as they send out Brett Anderson to face John Lackey.

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