|OAKLAND, CA - JULY 03: Coco Crisp #4 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by teammates after he hit a sacrifice fly that scored Cliff Pennington #2 to beat the Boston Red Sox in the ninth inning at O.co Coliseum on July 3, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
Alfredo Aceves technically blew the save, his fourth of the season, but blame was aplenty after the sloppy all around play of the Red Sox led them to a fourth loss in six games on this "gimme" of a road trip.
One thing to be encouraged about, Jon Lester held the hard-hittin' A's to just an earned run over 6 2/3 IP with 1 BB and 9 K. Bartolo Colon, at 39 and just activated off the disabled list, pitched well enough to make Lester's start a near non-factor though, allowing 2 R (1 ER) over 6 IP with 1 BB and 3 K's.
The only blip for Lester came in the first inning, when former Sox centerfielder Coco Crisp led off with a homer to left field. The Red Sox were able to erase the deficit quickly though.
With two out in the second, Jarrod Saltalamacchia tied the game at one with his 16th homerun of the season, matching his total from all of last year. We've known Salty as a streaky hitter, but there's no doubt he's on pace for a career year.
|OAKLAND, CA - JULY 03: The Oakland Athletics bench celebrates as they watch the sacrifce fly hit by Coco Crisp #4 of the Oakland Athletics that scored Cliff Pennington #2 to beat the Boston Red Sox in the ninth inning at O.co Coliseum on July 3, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
With Alfredo Aceves on for the save, the Red Sox fell apart all around. Aceves allowed singles to Carter and Pennington, with a pop-out for Brandon Inge mixed in, to put runners on first and second with just one out.
The next play was where the game was lost for the Red Sox. Brandon Moss lined a single up the middle that would have likely scored Carter anyways, but Ryan Kalish overran it which allowed Moss to go to second and Pennington to third with just one out.
On an 0-2 count, Coco Crisp lined one plenty deep enough to Kalish in center and the Red Sox saw their third walk-off defeat on this road trip. A road trip that was supposed to be the easy part of the schedule before some tough ones in July has turned into 2-4 and plenty of missed opportunities.
The Red Sox will get a shot to take three on the trip tonight with Aaron Cook on the mound, but this was a failure no matter how you look at it. To come away less than .500 between Seattle and Oakland is shameful. Things better change fast, because the Yankees are in town Friday and they will be looking to put some games between them and the Sox.
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