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A's score early and often to beat Sox

The Sports Xchange

September 13. 2017 11:54PM
Oakland's Jed Lowrie is congratulated in the dugout after scoring against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of Wednesday's game at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

BOSTON — Rookie Matt Olson’s two-run homer highlighted a four-run first inning that led the Oakland A’s to their sixth win in their last seven games, a 7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.

The last-place A’s, who lost to the first-place Red Sox Tuesday after sweeping four games from the first-place Houston Astros, scored six runs in the first three innings against Boston starter Doug Fister (5-8) and never trailed.

The Red Sox, losing for the second time in seven games, saw their lead over the winning New York Yankees drop back to three games atop the American League East.

Jed Lowrie had a triple, double and single, drove in two runs and scored two against one of his old teams, while Olson hit his 18th homer in just 49 games for the A’s (64-81, 4-2 against Boston).

Rookie Jharel Cotton (8-10) worked the first five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, to get the win. Five pitchers finished up.

Fister came in 5-2 with a 2.79 ERA replacing the injured David Price in the rotation and was 3-1 with a 1.50 his last four outings. He failed in his attempt to get his career record back to .500.

Jackie Bradley Jr. homered, Dustin Pedroia stroked three hits and Andrew Benintendi doubled his first two times up for the Red Sox (82-63).

The game was delayed 19 minutes by a seventh-inning downpour.

In his last four starts, all lasting at least seven innings, Fister had allowed runs only in the first inning, and he quickly gave up four Wednesday. But unlike the other four outings, this time he gave up other runs as well.

Lowrie tripled home the first run and scored on a single by Khris Davis, who equaled his career high with his 102nd RBI. Olson then connected for his 18th homer in just 49 games.

Mookie Betts’ groundout got a run back in the bottom of the inning but Lowrie doubled home a run (his 45th double of the year) and wound up scoring when Dustin Pedroia tried to turn a double play by running Olson back to first but was late, and it was 6-1.

Benintendi’s second double made it 6-2 in the bottom of the inning — Pedroia was thrown out at the plate on a 3-2 double play — and Bradley hit a 2-2 pitch leading off the fifth for his 16th homer of the season.

Notes: There were important announcements from both teams. The Red Sox welcoming David Ortiz back to the organization for a number of roles, including recruiting, while the A’s have picked a site in Oakland for their proposed new ballpark. … The Red Sox haven’t decided if Price will return as a starter or a reliever to help the team down the stretch. Manager John Farrell said, “David and his health. That’s what will be the priority.” Price threw three innings of a simulated game Wednesday and said, “I don’t know how many days we have left and how many games. Threw 40-some odd pitches today. Felt good. Felt strong at the end. So, it’s not the decision I’ll be making. I just want to pitch. Whatever it is, that’s fine.” … A sign reading “Racism is as American as Baseball” was hung on the Green Monster during the game and quickly removed. … Rookie righty Daniel Gossett goes for Oakland against lefty Drew Pomeranz in the matinee series finale today.

Rays, Sox will play in Fla.

The Tampa Bay Rays will return home to play at Tropicana Field on Friday following the relocation of the three-game series against the New York Yankees to Citi Field due to Hurricane Irma.

Players met Tuesday before a designated home game at Citi Field in New York and voted to travel back to the Tampa area after Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Yankees to check on the status of their houses and belongings.

The Rays host the Red Sox in a three-game series starting Friday and the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday and Wednesday in the five-game homestand.

Although Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., did not sustain major damage in the hurricane, there are still widespread power outages in the area.

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