Before the game starts, here are some firsts, courtesy of Red Sox Nation Stats. Yesterday was the first time Boston shut out Oakland by at least eight runs since 2004 (11-0 in Boston), and it was also the first time it happened in California since a 10-0 win in 1985. Montas pitches for Oakland against Hill in the last game of the series. Montas got his start here in Boston before being traded away in the deal that brought Jake Peavy to Boston nearly ten years ago. The first two batters hit singles on the first three pitches to open up the game, and then Devers singles to left to score Duran and give Boston the early 1-0 lead after six pitches. With one out, Verdugo singles to left, loading the bases, but Montas pitches around it and gives the A’s a huge break. They’ll take just one run in a 30-pitch inning over the alternative any day! Pinder leads off the bottom of the frame with a double down the third-base line, eventually scoring on Laureano’s double down the right-field line to tie it at 1-1. That is the only damage inflicted. Hill is more efficient, only throwing 18 pitches. Hill pitches very well after the rough start.
The first two batters reach for the Sox in the top of the sixth. With two out, Cordero homers to left to make it 4-1 and put Boston in the lead again.
Hill is more efficient, only throwing 18 pitches. Hill pitches very well after the rough start. In fact, he’s perfect from the second inning through the end of the sixth. After a leadoff single in the seventh, though, he’s done. He only has 78 pitches. I would have liked to have seen him go longer than 6+. The Athletics load the bases with two out later in the frame, but the go-ahead run strikes out as Schreiber gets out of his own mess. Devers leads off the top of the eighth by extending the lead to 5-1 with his twelfth home run down the left-field line. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Bethancourt doubles to the gap. He moves to third on a groundout and scores on a single to center by Kemp to make it 5-2. That is the final, so Cordero’s home run ends up being critical to helping the Red Sox get back to .500 at 27-27.