|OAKLAND, CA - JULY 04: Third base coach Jerry Royster #43 of the Boston Red Sox congratulates David Ortiz #34 as he rounds the bases after hitting his 400th career home run a solo shot in the fouth inning against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on July 4, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
It started with a win against the Mariners to open perhaps the most important month of the season, but after a sweep at the hands of the relentless A's (I know how that sounds), the Red Sox have now opened the third month of the season at 1-3 and 2-5 total on the West Coast swing.
Three of those losses came via the walk-off and last nights was again a game lost in the late innings, with the bullpen trying to preserve a lead.
Aaron Cook was solid, but didn't match his previous complete game shutout by any stretch of the imagination. The righty allowed 9 H, 3 ER, and a walk in 6 IP, getting tagged with the loss due to a continuous anemic Red Sox offense.
Boston's bats were able to muster up just three hits and an earned run off 24 year old A.J. Griffin who has allowed just 3 ER in 18 IP for the A's this season. Just another example of the Sox inability to hit anything in the way of good pitching.
There was an exception to the rule. David Ortiz blasted his 22nd HR of the season, making him the 48th player in major league history to hit 400 bombs in his career. The homer was a solo shot and at the time tied the game at one.
The Red Sox took advantage of a fielder error by Jemile Weeks in the sixth to put the go-ahead run across. After Ortiz walked and Jarrod Saltalamacchia reached on the miscue, Adrian Gonzalez singled to make it 2-1 Boston.
As I said though, the relentless version of the A's that we saw came right back in the bottom half of the sixth. After already hitting a solo homer, Brandon Moss doubled with one out to open the door for a 2-out RBI double by Brandon Inge to tie it back up.
Coco Crisp, who was also at the center of everything during the series, led off the seventh with a triple, prompting Bobby Valentine to remove him in favor of Andrew Miller. The next batter, Weeks, singled off Miller for the go-ahead run, giving the A's a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
The Red Sox showed no fight in the last two frames, going down in order, six up, six down. In all honesty, it was an embarrassing road trip. 2-5 between Seattle and Oakland before a pivotal series with the Yankees is unacceptable. Once again, they look to turn things around Friday at Fenway.
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