By JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Jemile Weeks hit a go-ahead RBI single in
the seventh following Coco Crisp’s leadoff triple, and the Oakland
Athletics completed a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox with a
3-2 win Wednesday.
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz hit his 400th career home run and
also scored on Adrian Gonzalez’s sixth-inning single, but Boston
couldn’t avoid its first sweep by the A’s since May 23-25, 2008,
also in Oakland. The Red Sox lost just their fourth series in the
last 17 and completed a disappointing 2-5 road trip through Seattle
and Oakland, the AL West’s two bottom teams.
Brandon Moss homered leading off the second for his 10th of the
season, giving the A’s longballs in 15 straight games _ most for
the club since doing so in 17 in a row from April 12-May 1, 2002.
Moss singled in the fourth and doubled in the sixth, leaving him
a triple shy of the cycle.
Brandon Inge doubled home Moss to tie the game at 2 in the
Grant Balfour (2-2) went 1 2-3 innings for the win as the A’s
(41-42) moved within one game of .500 for the first time since they
were 22-23 on May 23. Lone A’s All-Star Ryan Cook finished with a
1-2-3 ninth for his eighth save in 11 chances.
Ortiz hit his 400th homer with a leadoff drive to right in the
fourth inning against Oakland starter A.J. Griffin.
The 36-year-old Big Papi’s home runs rank eighth among active
players and 49th on the all-time list. Next up for him to catch:
Hall of Famer Duke Snider with 407.
Ortiz’s 22nd home run of the season tied the game at 1. Ortiz
has 352 home runs and 1,142 RBIs as a designated hitter for most
all-time by a DH.
Ortiz tipped his batting helmet as his milestone was announced
to a standing ovation before he stepped in to hit in the sixth,
then drew a five-pitch walk.
Aaron Cook (2-2), coming off a career-best two-hit shutout in a
5-0 win at Seattle on Friday in which he didn’t walk a batter for
the second straight outing, was tagged for nine hits and three runs
in six-plus innings.
Facing Oakland for the first time since June 28, 2009, while
with Colorado, the right-hander fell to 4-2 in six career starts
versus the AL West.
Griffin is still looking for his first major league win after
six solid innings.
Second baseman Weeks’ fielding error in the sixth led to
Boston’s unearned run and cost Griffin a shot. Gonzalez’s RBI
single extended his season-best hitting streak to 15 games, longest
active in the majors. He had 10 hits during the seven-game road
trip to Seattle and Oakland.
Red Sox Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski also
hit their 400th home runs against the Athletics franchise. Williams
hit his against the Kansas City A’s.
The A’s also allowed Paul Konerko’s milestone 400th home run for
the White Sox when he did it April 25 against Grant Balfour in the
Notes: The clubs met for the 30th time on July 4. … Oakland
leads the season series 5-1. … Boston 2B Dustin Pedroia was held
out to rest his troublesome right thumb, which he hurt again
Tuesday night diving for a ball in right field. He will be
evaluated back in Boston on Thursday. … This marked Boston’s
first road series loss since dropping two of three at Kansas City
from May 7-9. … The Red Sox selected RHP Justin Germano from
Triple-A Pawtucket. … Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks missed his
third straight game with a left hamstring injury that forced him
out of Sunday’s game at Seattle after the top of the ninth because
of tightness. Manager Bobby Valentine hopes to keep Middlebrooks
off the DL considering he wouldn’t be available to return until
after the All-Star break. … Ten men and women were sworn into the
U.S. Marine Corps on the field before the game.
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