Red Sox - 000 000 000 - 0 6 2 Athletics - 000 000 001 - 1 2 1Eduardo Rodriguez (8-1-0-2-5, 110) was a mere four outs away from a no-hitter when he allowed an infield single.
With two outs in the eighth, Marcus Semien ground the ball back to the mound. It hit off Rodriguez's foot or lower leg and the lefty could not find the ball right away. He recovered and made a quick throw to first and the runner was called out. The Athletics wisely challenged the call - and it was correctly overturned, with Semien getting credit for a single.
Oakland had four baserunners before the hit: a two-out walk in the first, an infield error in the second, a two-out walk in the fifth, and a HBP in the sixth.
Craig Kimbrel came out for the bottom of the ninth - and needed only six pitches to lose the game and ruin the afternoon. He walked Danny Valencia (bbcbb). Khris Davis cracked Kimbrel's first pitch to left for a double. It one-hopped the wall and Brock Holt bobbled the carom for an error. Xander Bogaerts's relay to the plate was late, as Valencia came all the way around for the winning run. (In other news, it looks like Koji Uehara will be activated on Monday in San Diego.)
Holt: "I was trying to get it in quick and it kicked off the wall a little bit harder than I thought it was going to. Spinning around, I just kind of rushed it. Obviously I should've caught that ball cleanly and got it in."
Kimbrel: "I was ready. Just all over the place with Valencia, leadoff walk, fastball in [to Davis]. Guess I didn't get in far enough ... Save, non-save at this point it doesn't matter, winning ballgames is what matters ..."
Yoan Moncada and Dustin Pedroia each had two hits. ... David Ortiz walked twice.
The Red Sox' offense had another big night at the expense of the A's, as Boston won, 11-2 at Oakland. It was the fifth game this season between these two teams; the Red Sox won the first four by scores of 14-7, 13-5, 13-3, and 16-2. The Red Sox are the first team in American League history to score more than 10 runs in five consecutive games versus one opponent. The last major-league team to do that was the Brooklyn Dodgers against Pittsburgh in 1950.The Dodgers' streak - June 23-25, July 22-23 - actually included a loss: 15-3, 21-12, 11-16, 12-3, 11-6.
BOS --- TOR --- BAL 2.0 MFY 6.5