OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – A vintage performance from 40-year-old slugger David
Ortiz, a big night from Travis Shaw and another fine outing by David Price
helped the Boston Red Sox inch closer to first place in the AL East.
Manager John Farrell’s ballclub even got a peek into its future when highly
touted Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada made his major league debut.
Ortiz singled twice and drove in three runs, Shaw homered and had five RBIs
while Price won his fifth consecutive start as the Red Sox beat the Oakland
Athletics 16-2 on Friday.
Hanley Ramirez added three RBIs and Xander Bogaerts doubled and scored three
runs to help the Red Sox move within one game of first-place Toronto in the AL
East. Boston (75-59) moved within three wins of matching their total of last
“(Price) set the tone for us,” Farrell said. “From there the offense took
Price (14-8) was mostly dominant while pitching seven solid innings against the
overmatched A’s. The left-hander fanned five of the first seven he faced, gave
up two runs and finished with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Over his last five starts Price is 5-0 with a 2.06 ERA.
“I’m just making a lot better pitches, keeping the ball out of the middle of
the plate for the most part,” Price said. “Just executing pitches and being
able to throw everything that I have in whatever count it is, it doesn’t
Stephen Vogt had an RBI double for the A’s. Oakland, which has lost eight
straight to Boston, dropped a season-high 20 games under .500 (57-77).
Ortiz hit run-scoring singles in the first and fifth innings and added a
sacrifice fly in the sixth to push his RBI total to 105, two behind
league-leading Edwin Encarnacion of Toronto. He walked in the third one batter
before Mookie Betts’ sacrifice fly off Zach Neal (2-4).
Neal, pressed into duty when starter Andrew Triggs left with back tightness
after one inning, allowed five runs over 3 2/3 innings.
Shaw doubled in Ramirez to cap Boston’s four-run fifth then hit his 15th home
run of the season in a six-run sixth, a three-run shot off J.B. Wendelken. Shaw
doubled in Moncada in the eighth, marking the fourth time this season he’s had
five RBIs in a game.
“Same thing I’ve been working on for about two weeks now, staying in the
middle of the field and trying to drive the ball the other way,” Shaw said.
The A’s did all of their scoring in the fourth. Billy Butler had a sacrifice
fly and Vogt added his double.
“For a while we were in the game,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “We came
back to tie it and then they did what they can do when you make some mistakes.”
Moncada, the highly touted Cuban-born prospect who received a record $31.5
million signing bonus when he inked a deal with Boston last year, made his major
league debut and drew a five-pitch walk in the eighth after being called up from
Double-A Portland before the game. Moncada struck out swinging in the ninth.
“In a three-inning look you see some exciting skills,” Farrell said. “It was
a glimpse but he had a chance to show off two of the tools.”
Red Sox: RHP Joe Kelly, LHP Robby Scott and INF Deven Marrero were added to the
roster from Triple-A Pawtucket. … C Ryan Hanigan came off the DL before the
game. RHP William Cuevas was designated for assignment.
Athletics: Former closer Sean Doolittle was activated from the DL after missing
59 games with a strained left shoulder. RHP Jesse Hahn was also activated off
the DL and optioned to Triple-A Nashville. C Matt McBride was called up from
Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (18-3) faces the A’s for the second time this season
Saturday night. Porcello has 23 strikeouts over his previous three starts
overall and has gone seven innings or longer in five consecutive starts.
Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (1-5) will be called up from Triple-A Nashville
and start against Boston.