A's - 030 100 000 - 4 11 0 Red Sox - 000 000 07x - 7 13 0Could this be the game that gives this team a much-needed kick in its collective ass?
Down by four runs, with six outs remaining, the Red Sox batted in the eighth inning:
Kendall Graveman pitching, having allowed only five hits in seven innings. He had retired 13 straight Red Sox batters.Tommy Layne pitched the ninth, striking out Ben Zobrist and Stephen Vogt, and getting Billy Butler to fly out to deep center.
Rusney Castillo homered to left center (1-4).
Evan Scribner relieved Graveman.
Dustin Pedroia reached on infield single to third.
Brock Holt singled to center, Pedroia to second.
Hanley Ramírez singled to left, Pedroia scored (2-4), Holt to third.
Drew Pomeranz relieved Scribner.
David Ortiz hit sacrifice fly to left, Holt scored (3-4).
Tyler Clippard relieved Pomeranz.
Mike Napoli struck out swinging.
Pablo Sandoval singled to deep left, Ramírez to third.
Mookie Betts ran for Sandoval.
Betts stole second.
Xander Bogaerts doubled to deep left center [off the Wall], Ramírez and Betts scored (5-4).
Alejandro De Aza hit for Sandy Leon.
De Aza singled to right, Bogaerts scored (6-4), De Aza to second advancing on throw.
Castillo singled to left, De Aza scored (7-4), Castillo to second advancing on throw.
Pat Venditte relieved Clippard.
Pedroia grounded out to pitcher.
Seven runs, eight hits!
It was the first time this season the Red Sox came from four runs down to win a game. In sweeping the three-game series from the A's - and winning three consecutive games for the first time since the first week of the season (April 9-11) - Boston has won five of its last seven games.
Pedroia, 2BBuchholz has a 1.47 ERA over his last four starts (30.2 innings) with five walks and 27 strikeouts. Opponents have hit only .171/.216/.267 in those four games.