Athletics - 000 002 104 010 00 - 8 14 0 Red Sox - 100 013 020 010 01 - 9 18 1J.D. Drew, who had struck out in his previous four at-bats, lined a single to right-center with two outs in the fourteenth inning, scoring Carl Crawford (4-for-7, and 3 RBI) with the winning run. The hit came on the 495th pitch of the afternoon.
It took some effort, but the Red Sox remain undefeated this season (26-0) when leading after eight innings.
The Red Sox won despite blowing a four-run lead in the ninth with Jonathan Papelbon on the hill. The A's comeback was greatly assisted when Dustin Pedroia botched a double play ball that could have ended the game at 7-3. Later in the inning, Papelbon and Jason Varitek were both ejected, though in separate incidents, both involving home plate umpire Tony Randazzo.
Boston had to rally after Oakland scored a run in the 11th inning, as well. With two outs, Jarrod Saltamaachia and Jacoby Ellsbury (4-for-7, double, 2 SB) both doubled.
Adrian Gonzalez was 3-for-5 (he hit his 11th home run in the first inning), but he was pinch-run for in the 10th with Drew Sutton, and Boston missed his bat in extra innings. In the 11th, after Ellsbury had doubled to tie the game, Pedroia was intentionally walked. Sutton struck out to end th einning. Sutton also lined out to second to end the thirteenth with two men on.
The A's used nine pitchers, while Boston used "only" seven. Alfredo Aceves pitched the final four innings.
Trevor Cahill / Josh Beckett
This game was originally scheduled for 7 PM, but was moved to 1 PM so it did not conflict with the Bruins/Canucks in Stanley Cup G2.
One extremely pleasant surprise of the first two months of the season is the resurgence of David Ortiz. Among AL hitters, Flo is 8th in AVG and OBP, 4th in HR, SLG, OPS, and Total Bases, 9th in Hits, and 6th in Extra-Base Hits and Runs Created.
In 15 games since May 19, Ortiz is hitting .414/.452/.862/1.314. He has at least two hits in 10 of those 15 games. Of his 24 hits, he has eight doubles and six home runs.
After striking out in 21.4% and 23.9% of his plate appearances in 2009 and 2010, respectively, Ortiz is fanning only 10.2% of the time this year. (He has never had a season below 15% in his major league career.) Ortiz is putting the ball into play in 74% of his PA (his highest % for a full season in Boston is 66%). That in-play percentage, coupled with a big decrease in swings-and-misses is why his 2011 walk rate is the lowest since joining the Red Sox.
AL East: Rays/Mariners at 4 PM and Yankees/Angels at 9 PM.