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Sox Top A’s 9-8 In 14 Innings

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Boston Red Sox's Adrian Gonzalez (28) celebrates his solo home run with teammate Kevin Youkilis in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, June 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston Red Sox’s Adrian Gonzalez (28) celebrates his solo home run with teammate Kevin Youkilis in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston, Saturday, June 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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BOSTON (AP) – J.D. Drew singled home Carl Crawford from second
with two outs in the 14th inning Saturday, lifting the Boston Red
Sox to a 9-8 win over the Oakland Athletics after closer Jonathan
Papelbon blew a four-run lead in the ninth.

Crawford had four hits and drove in three runs and Adrian
Gonzalez had a solo homer and three hits for the Red Sox, who
posted their 15th win in 20 games.

Conor Jackson had a tying, pinch-hit two-run single in the ninth
and a key double in the 11th as Oakland grabbed the lead, but
Andrew Bailey couldn’t hold it. The Athletics lost their fifth
straight.

Alfredo Aceves (3-1) pitched four innings for the win.

Crawford doubled into the left-field corner against Guillermo
Moscoso (2-1). After Jed Lowrie was intentionally walked, Drew
lined a single to right-center to end the 5-hour, 17-minute game.

Landon Powell, who struck out four times and went 1 for 7,
grounded out with runners on first and second to end the top of the
14th. After that, the crowd _ that was left _ cheered when `Take Me
Out To The Ball Game’ was played for a second time.

Oakland had taken an 8-7 lead in the 11th inning on Ryan
Sweeney’s sacrifice fly against Aceves. Cliff Pennington walked and
Jackson doubled off the wall. Sweeney then lofted his fly to the
left-field warning track.

Boston tied it with two outs in the bottom half. Jarrod
Saltalamacchia doubled high off the left-field wall against Bailey
and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s double down the right-field line.

Oakland, which entered the day scoring the second-fewest runs in
the AL, scored four runs in a wild ninth against Papelbon after
second baseman Dustin Pedroia booted a potential game-ending double
play grounder. Both catcher Jason Varitek and Papelbon were both
ejected by home plate umpire Tony Randazzo in the inning.

Mark Ellis singled leading off and Daric Barton walked. After
Powell struck out, Pedroia had pinch-hitter Coco Crisp’s grounder
go through his legs, scoring a run. Pennington’s RBI double made it
7-5 and Varitek was ejected while arguing during the hit.

Jackson then tied it with his two-run single. Papelbon was
ejected after throwing the first pitch to the next hitter, Sweeney,
and had to be restrained by manager Terry Francona. He appeared to
bump Randazzo before being shoved out of the way by Francona.

Bobby Jenks got out of the inning when he struck out Hideki
Matsui with runners on first and third with a pitch in the dirt
that bounced away. Jackson would have scored from third on the
play, but catcher Saltalamacchia fired to first just in time.

The Red Sox had opened a 5-2 lead against starter Trevor Cahill
in the sixth inning on RBI hits by Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis and
Crawford.

Crawford’s two-run double made it 7-3 in the eighth.

The late blowup spoiled another solid start by Josh Beckett.

Beckett gave up three runs, four hits, walked three and fanned
four over six-plus innings. It was just the third time in 12 starts
that he’s given up more than two runs.

Cahill, coming off his worst consecutive starts of the season,
gave up five runs on eight hits, striking out eight and walking
one. He had given up a combined eight runs _seven earned _ over 12
2-3 innings.

Gonzalez homered for Boston into the second row of the Green
Monster seats in the first.

NOTES: Francona said before the game that RHP Clay Buchholz’s
next start may be moved back few days because the pitcher was
worried about how his back felt in Friday’s start. … Red Sox RHP
John Lackey is scheduled to start the series finale on Sunday in
his return from the 15-day DL after being sidelined with strained
right elbow. … Oakland manager Bob Geren had said before the game
that RHP Guillermo Moscoso, who worked 2 1-3 innings of scoreless
relief in Friday’s loss, was still expected to start on Tuesday at
Baltimore. That likely changed with his work Saturday. … Boston
SS Marco Scutaro, on the DL since May 8 with a strained left
oblique, was expected to start a rehab stint with Triple-A
Pawtucket on Saturday night againts Durham. The plan is for him to
play short, second and DH over three games, in no particular order.
“If he feels good, he’ll join us in New York on Monday,” Francona
said. … The game was originally scheduled for 7:10, but moved to
1:10 after an online fan vote earlier this week because the Bruins
were playing Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals on Saturday night.
… Matsui snapped a career-worst 0-for-19 slump with an
11th-inning single.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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