By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Baseball Writer
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Brandon Moss had career highs of four
hits, four RBIs and four runs, Josh Reddick hit his first career
grand slam, and the Oakland Athletics routed the Boston Red Sox
20-2 on Friday night to match their best winning streak of the
season at seven.
Josh Donaldson homered for the third straight game with a
two-run shot and Moss also had a two-run drive to go with a pair of
RBI doubles to help back Brandon McCarthy (8-5) with a season high
in runs. Reddick connected for his 28th homer in the seventh off
Mark Melancon as the A’s scored their most runs since a 23-2 win
against Texas on Sept. 30, 2000. They handed the Red Sox their most
lopsided loss since a 22-1 defeat to the Yankees on Jun 19, 2000.
The A’s had a season-best 19 hits and scored 20 runs for the
fourth time in Oakland history, while Boston allowed 20 for the
first time since Aug. 21, 2009, against the Yankees.
George Kottaras had his first career two-homer game with a
two-run drive and a solo shot for Oakland (74-57), which matched
its win total from 2011 and wrapped up an 18-10 August. The A’s hit
a season-high five home runs a day after getting four at Cleveland.
Oakland’s nine-run seventh inning was the club’s biggest since a
nine-run frame last July 27 against Tampa Bay.
Jonny Gomes drove in two runs on a night he helped honor the
Little League World Series players from his hometown of Petaluma in
Northern California’s wine country.
Donaldson added his third RBI on an error in the seventh, but
was lifted for pinch-runner Adam Rosales at third after an apparent
McCarthy won back-to-back starts for the first time since June,
and it’s good timing with the A’s leading Baltimore by a game in
the AL wild-card race heading into the final month. The
right-hander missed all of July while on the disabled list for a
second time this year nursing a strained throwing shoulder.
Donaldson connected for his fifth home run of the year in
Oakland’s four-run second against Aaron Cook (3-8), who also
surrendered an RBI double to Moss and run-scoring single by Gomes
during the inning.
Cook’s night was over after just 2 2-3 innings to match his
shortest outing of the season. The right-hander was tagged for six
runs and seven hits and fell to 0-3 over his last four starts.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-out solo homer in the fourth for
Boston, which lost its fourth straight game after being swept by
the Angels in Los Angeles.
Oakland returned from a 6-1 road trip to notch another
impressive win on a night when the Petaluma Little Leaguers, third
in the Little League World Series, played catch with the A’s on the
field before the game and were honored in a pregame ceremony.
While Oakland is expected to activate third Brandon Inge from
the disabled list when rosters expand Saturday, manager Bob Melvin
will have a tough time taking Donaldson’s hot bat out of the linuep
_ as long as he is still healthy. Inge has been on the DL since
Aug. 12 with a sprained right shoulder.
Second baseman Cliff Pennington made a great catch on a shallow
fly by Jacoby Ellsbury to end the third, sprinting backward to
complete the play, then hit an RBI double in the seventh. Stephen
Drew also got into the seventh-inning fun with an RBI single.
Everybody on the Oakland roster scored.
Dustin Pedroia extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a
first-inning single for the new-look Red Sox, who last week sent a
handful of former stars to Southern California to join the Los
Angeles Dodgers as they try to make a push in the NL West against
the first-place San Francisco Giants.
Notes: Red Sox slugger David Ortiz could rejoin the club at
Seattle early next week or once the team gets back home after he
received an injection in his strained right Achilles that landed
him on the DL this past Monday. … A.J. Griffin (3-0) will be
recalled by Oakland to start Saturday as LHP Brett Anderson gets an
extra day of rest before pitching Sunday. … Oakland leads the
season series 6-1 and have won more than five games in a single
year against the Red Sox for the first time since going 7-3 in
2006, the A’s last year in the playoffs. … Oakland recalled RHP
Pedro Figueroa from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned RHP Jim Miller
to Class-A Stockton. With Sacramento in the playoffs and Stockton’s
season about to end, Miller is eligible to rejoin the A’s Tuesday
and that’s the plan. … The 18 runs allowed by Boston matched its
most of 2012, also April 17 against Texas. The Red Sox gave up nine
runs in an inning for the first time since Sept. 27, 2006, against
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