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Kazmir, A's down Red Sox

Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Scott Kazmir continued his torrid start to the season, striking out eight and helping the Oakland Athletics continue their home dominance with a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a four-game set on Thursday.

Kazmir (9-2) went seven innings, allowing two both Boston runs on four hits to earn his fourth consecutive victory. His 2.05 ERA trails just Yankees rookie Masahiro Tanaka for tops in the American League.

"(Kazmir) has done a very good job for us all year," said A's third baseman Josh Donaldson. "He throws strikes."

The 30-year-old lefty, who was out of baseball in 2012 before spending last season with the Indians with mixed results, is on pace to shatter his career best win total of 13 games, which he achieved with Tampa Bay in 2007.

Yoenis Cespedes cranked his 14th home run of the season for Oakland, winners in 16-of-21 at home. The A's have also owned Boston at O.co Coliseum, winning nine of the last 10 and outscoring the Red Sox, 57-18, during that stretch.

Dustin Pedroia had a two-run homer for Boston, which was coming off a three- game home sweep of the Twins.

06/20 01:04:25 ET