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Game 82: It's official -- Sox can't beat the West Coast

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Final - 7.6.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland Athletics 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 1 6 15 1
Boston Red Sox 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
WP: Brett Anderson (5 - 7)
LP: John Smoltz (0 - 2)

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Athletics vs Red Sox recap
Athletics vs Red Sox recap

Seriously, let's get the A's, M's, Rangers, yadda, yadda, yadda out of Fenway Park.

The A's came to town Monday and knocked off the Sox, 6-0. The Red Sox had just two hits, while the A's hit to a tune of 15.

Thank you to Jason Bay and Nick Green for the only hits for the Sox.

John Smoltz started and was hooked with the loss. He gave up five runs and 10 hits in six innings of work. His ERA now stands at 6.60 on the season.

As for that guy Nomar? Well, he got a nice standing O:

It was really special for Garciaparra. The former Red Sox shortstop hit .323 in 8 1/2 seasons for them before being dealt at the trade deadline in 2004, the year they won their first World Series since 1918. He tipped his helmet and tapped his chest as he received a one-minute standing ovation before his first at-bat, then singled to drive in the first run.

"You don’t know how things are going to play out," Garciaparra said. "There’s no script for that one. I think what you saw out there was just pure emotion, from the fans, from myself."

Terry Francona managed Garciaparra for the first half of 2004.

"It looked like it really touched him," Francona said. "They’re crazy fans but they’re so wrapped up emotionally in their team and people that have been a part of their teams."

Good for Nomar. He also had an RBI single. Old friend Orlando Cabrera chipped in with a solo shot in the ninth, too. Garciaparra and Cabrera, two former Sox, had more hits (3) than the entire Sox team tonight. Sweet.

Series continues Tuesday at 7:10. It'll be Josh Beckett v. Dana Eveland.