By JOSH DUBOW
AP Sports Writer
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Josh Reddick and Brandon Moss homered
against their former team to send Daisuke Matsuzaka to an early
exit and lead the Oakland Athletics to a 6-1 victory over the
Boston Red Sox on Monday night.
Jarrod Parker (5-3) was the beneficiary of the home runs,
allowing one run and six hits in 6 2-3 innings to get the win.
Parker allowed one run or fewer for the seventh time in his past
eight starts and 10th time in 14 career starts. He is the first
pitcher since Ferdie Schupp of the New York Giants to do that in
his first 14 starts, although Schupp was a spot starter who pitched
mostly in relief when he did it from 1913-17.
Parker allowed a double to Daniel Nava to start the game,
followed by an RBI single by Dustin Pedroia.
The Red Sox didn’t threaten again until putting the first two
runners on in the seventh. Parker got Mike Aviles to hit into a
forceout and struck out Nick Punto. Sean Doolittle came in and
struck out Nava to end the threat.
Matsuzaka (0-3) was chased before retiring a batter in the
second inning and failed for the sixth time to join Hideo Nomo and
Tomo Ohka as the only Japanese pitchers with 50 career wins.
Matsuzaka has not won a game since May 8, 2011, against Minnesota.
This also marked the third time this season the Red Sox lost
after reaching a season-high five games over .500.
Reddick, acquired last December in a trade for injured closer
Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney, hit his 19th homer with
two outs in the first inning to tie the game at 1. Matsuzaka then
failed to retire any of the five batters he faced in the second to
match the shortest start of his career.
Seth Smith opened the four-run second with a drive to center
field that hit off Ryan Kalish’s glove for a double. Derek Norris
then walked and Moss hit the next pitch over the right-field fence
for his ninth homer in 22 games with Oakland. Moss played 49 games
with Boston in 2007-08 but has come into his own with the A’s in
the past month.
Matsuzaka was replaced by Clayton Mortensen after Brandon Inge
singled and Cliff Pennington walked. Reddick added a sacrifice fly
that made it 5-1 and closed the line on Matsuzaka, who allowed five
runs, four hits and two walks in one-plus inning.
The long balls gave the A’s home runs in 13 straight games,
their longest streak since doing it in 14 consecutive games early
in the 2004 season.
Mortensen helped save the Boston bullpen by pitching five
innings, allowing only a sacrifice fly to Inge in the sixth inning.
NOTES: Boston 3B Will Middlebrooks will be out for at least a
few days with an injured left hamstring. Manager Bobby Valentine
said the team would likely bring up another position player on
Tuesday and either place Middlebrooks on the DL or send down one of
the 13 pitchers. … Oakland LHP Dallas Braden threw off the mound
for the first time since March as he works back from elbow ligament
replacement surgery last May. All 20 pitches he threw were
fastballs. “You talk about fired up for an appearance. That was
like game day,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. … RHP Bartolo Colon
(6-7) is expected to come off a DL stint for a strained right
oblique to make his first start since June 17 on Tuesday against
Jon Lester (5-5).
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