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Pivetta Dazzles, Offense Provides More Than Enough in Fenway Return

June 14

As the Sox come home for the first time in nearly two weeks, Pivetta goes to the hill for them against Koenig. The Red Sox put two on with one out right away in the bottom of the first. They both move up one base before the next pitch because of a balk from Koenig, a huge mistake on his part because Bogaerts hits a single into right two pitches later to score Devers and make it 1-0. A double play ends the inning. Boston threatens again in the second, loading the bases with one out. Vázquez scores on a Refsnyder sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. A groundout ends the inning. Martinez leads off the bottom of the third with a homer to left-center to make it 3-0. This is his eighth of the year. The Sox put two on with one out later in the inning but strand them.

The first two batters reach in the bottom of the fourth, setting up Devers’ fifteenth of the year, a blast over the bullpen in right. It’s 6-0, and the Red Sox are blowing the A’s away! A runner is at second with one out later after a wild pitch, but he is stranded. Boston loads the bases with two out in the bottom of the fifth, but a fly out ends the inning and deprives the Sox of a chance to bury the A’s. Pivetta shuts down the A’s all the while. Vogt comes off the injured list and breaks the shutout with a leadoff homer into the bullpen in the eighth to make it 6-1. It’s his third homer of the year. Bogaerts throws on the run to get the second out of the inning. The first two batters reach in the ninth, but neither would advance from there as the Red Sox win, 6-1, on the back of eight strong from Pivetta.