|OAKLAND, CA - JULY 02: Brandon Moss #37 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by Cliff Pennington #2 after he hit a three run home run in the second inning of their game against the Boston Red Sox at O.co Coliseum on July 2, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
The Red Sox jumped on A's starter Jarrod Parker early, picking up the games first run on a Dustin Pedroia single after Daniel Nava led off the game with a double, but the 24 year old Parker settled in to sit down the Sox for 6 2/3 IP without allowing another run.
Josh Reddick got Oakland a run back immediately with a solo-HR in the bottom of the first inning, his 19th of the season, off Daisuke Matsuzaka. The A's only got one run in the first, but put the game out of reach in the second.
After allowing a double and a walk, Dice-K gave up another long-ball, this time a crucial three-run shot to Brandon Moss that all but put the game out of reach with Parker pitching spectacular.
After allowing another single and a walk, Matsuzaka was replaced by Clayton Mortenson with no one out in the second. After a strong start last time out, this was a step back for Dice-K. You have to wonder if it will change Bobby Valentine's view with Franklin Morales and Aaron Cook pitching exceptionally well.
Despite the loss, Mortenson was the most valuable Red Sox in this game. The lanky righty pitched five innings in relief to save the bullpen, which will be need in the coming days with the Yankees right around the corner. He gave up just 2 H and 1 ER out of the 'pen.
After Parker was finished with 6 2/3 of one-run ball, Sean Doolittle came on and gave the A's 2 1/3 innings of perfect relief to close the book on game one of the series.
Boston will look to take the next two from Oakland before heading back home for a crucial series against the division-leading Yankees at Fenway Park before the All Star break. Jon Lester will get the start tonight and Franklin Morales on Wednesday.
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