American League Game Summary - Oakland at Boston|
(Monday, April 30th)
Final Score: Boston 11, Oakland 6
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - David Ortiz hit two solo home runs, Mike Aviles
added a three-run blast and the Red Sox defeated the Athletics, 11-6, on
Monday in the opener of a three-game series.
Aviles finished with four RBI and Darnell McDonald went 3-for-4 with a double
and a two-run homer for Boston, which was coming off a 6-1 road trip.
"Hitting is contagious," said McDonald. "I've been watching these guys tear
the cover off the ball for the last couple of weeks and it feels good to come
in and contribute."
Clay Buchholz (3-1) earned the win, allowing six runs on seven hits and five
walks while striking out five over 6 2/3 innings.
Josh Reddick had a three-run homer for the Athletics, losers of three
straight. Tommy Milone (3-2) was charged with eight runs -- seven earned -- on
eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Oakland struck first, taking a 1-0 lead on Cliff Pennington's RBI single in
the second, but the Red Sox scored the game's next 11 runs to pull away.
Ortiz began the bottom of the second with a shot to right. It was 4-1 by the
end of the inning courtesy of RBI singles from Marlon Byrd and Aviles and an
error by A's second baseman Jemile Weeks, which allowed Aviles to cross the
In the third, McDonald followed Ortiz's leadoff walk with a one-out homer to
deep left-center, and Boston pushed five across in the fifth to make it 11-1.
Again Ortiz was the catalyst, sending a one-out shot to right, which bounced
off the glove of Reddick before clearing the wall along with the right
Later in the frame, McDonald chased Milone with a two-out single before
scoring on Byrd's double to center. After a Nick Punto walk, Aviles lifted a
homer to left.
The A's cut their deficit to 11-6 in the seventh on Coco Crisp's two-out, two-
run single and Reddick's subsequent blast to right, but Daric Barton struck
out with the bases loaded later in the inning to end the threat.
Oakland loaded the bases again in the eighth, but Reddick grounded into an
inning-ending double play.
"I felt like we were getting back in that game, we had momentum on our side,"
said Reddick. "We quickly turned it around, it just wasn't enough."
Buchholz has received at least seven runs of support in four of his five
starts this season...Earlier Monday, Oakland officially agreed to terms with
veteran third baseman Brandon Inge. The 34-year-old had played all 12 of his
major league seasons with the Tigers, but was released last week. He went 1-
for-3 against Boston on Monday.
05/01 02:06:55 ET