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Monday, 05 May 2014 00:53

Yet again Red Sox fail to reach .500 mark with 3-2 loss to A's

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For the eighth time this season the Boston Red Sox have failed to reach the .500 mark following a 3-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics.

The Red Sox bats were seemingly not there from the get-go of this game as Sonny Gray was spectacular for Oakland. Gray went six innings while giving up only six hits and two runs to the defending World Series Champions.

The Athletics struck first in this ball game as a Brandon Moss single in the first inning drove home Josh Donaldson to put the A's up 1-0. What should not be overshadowed is Josh Donaldson's first stolen base of the season to get him into scoring position.

The next three innings of the game were seemingly dominated by the pitchers.

The top of the fifth inning saw the A's bats go in order. The bottom was a different story as the Red Sox began the inning with a Mike Carp single. An A.J. Pierzynski infield single made it runners on first and second no outs. Next up, Xander Bogaerts, who went down swinning. Finally the Red Sox broke through as a Grady Sizemore double plated Carp from second to tie the game at 1 a side. Boston was not done yet as a Will Middlebrooks walk loaded the bases from Jackie Bradley Jr. only to see him hit into a 1-2-3 inning ending double play.

A lead-off walk to Donaldson in the top of the sixth inning proved costly for John Lackey, who went six innings allowing two runs while striking out four, as Yoenis Cespedes was able to rip a double off the wall to push the A's out in front 2-1. The Red Sox could not answer in the bottom of that inning after a Dustin Pedroia lead-off single.

It wouldn't be until the bottom of the seventh inning when the Red Sox would tie up the game off the bat of A.J. Pierzynski, as he sent his third homerun of the season 417FT. A Bogaets walk lead to an A's pitching change. Red Sox had a runner on first and no body out and now Jonny Gomes pinch-hitting. Gomes was able to reach second after a throwing error by right fielder, Josh Reddick, so now the Red Sox had a man on first and third and no body out. Will Middlebrooks next up, as Fernando Abad was able to get him looking. Jackie Bradley Jr. was unsuccessful getting the bunt down so that meant two outs for the Red Sox. Into the game for the A's came Luke Gregerson to face Dustin Pedroia, who he ended up getting to ground out to third base to end the threat.

The top of the eight saw Junichi Tazawa get the A's three up-three down.

Both teams were non threats until the tenth inning.

Chris Capuano was able to get the first two batters of the tenth and then Jed Lowrie came up and hit a double. Josh Donaldson was intentionally walked next. Alberto Callaspo was issued the free pass by Capuano as he saw his outing come to an end. Burke Badenhop came in and gave up the game-winning single to Cespedes which put the A's up 3-2.

The A's with the win were able to avert a sweep and once again keep the Red Sox from reaching .500.

The Red Sox will play a quick two game set with the Cincinatti Reds starting on Tuesday. Jake Peavy will toe the rubber for game one.