Athletics - 000 000 000 - 0 3 1 Red Sox - 020 101 00x - 4 9 0A sweep of the soggy doublehader gives Boston a two-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East.
Ortiz finished the day 5-for-8, with two singles, two doubles, a home run, and four RBI. Aceves was lights out (3-0-0-1-3, 31) in relief of Bedard.
The Red Sox have the next two days off before hosting the Yankees on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Meanwhile, the Yankees are scheduled to play a doubleheader tomorrrow and a night game on Monday.
9:27 PM: After a delay of about an hour, Alfredo Aceves is on the mound in relief of Bedard (4-2-0-4-5, 86).
8:27 PM: More tarp! The A's are batting with a man on first and no one out in the top of the fifth.
Dustin Pedroia doubled to open the second and David Ortiz followed with his 27th home run of the year, over the Wall in left. Three straight singles in the fourth - Pedroia, Ortiz, and Jed Lowrie - loaded the bases and Jarrod Saltalamacchia's ground out gave Boston its third run.
Bedard was squeezed like a roll of Charmin during his first time through the Oakland lineup. He walked three in the first, as well as the leadoff batter in the second. With a proper strike zone being called - well down the list of MLB's priorities - two of those walks would have been strikeouts for Bedard. By my rough count while following along on Gameday, home plate umpire Chris Conroy blew at least 13 ball-strike calls in the first three innings: seven against Bedard and six against Godfrey.
Graham Godfrey / Erik Bedard
Ellsbury, CFGame thread here.