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Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox continue series

By meerna Jul10,2024
Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox continue series

The Boston Red Sox will look to keep their winning streak alive as they face the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.

In Tuesday’s 12-9 series opener, Boston finished with 13 hits and scored 11 runs in the first two innings. The 12-run outburst was highlighted by back-to-back home runs by Wilyer Abreu and Dominic Smith in an eight-run second inning.

Boston has won seven of its last eight games.

Athletics vs. Red Sox Game Preview

“We talked about being greedy a couple weeks ago. We saw the window, but I think the window is getting bigger. It’s really a door, and we can make it happen,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “We’re going to look up and play good baseball and see where it takes us.”

It was a busy day for the Red Sox lineup, with Brayan Bello recording a career-high 11 strikeouts.

Ceddanne Rafaela notched a triple on a multi-hit night, extending his rookie-high total to 51.

“I don’t see any reason to feel under pressure,” Rafaela said last weekend.

Red Sox right-hander Nick Pivetta (4-5, ERA 4.06) will look to continue his hot streak against Oakland on Wednesday.

After throwing five shutout innings in a 1-0 win April 3 at Oakland, Pivetta is 6-0 with a 0.71 ERA in six appearances (four starts) in the head-to-head series, striking out 44 in 38 career innings.

Pivetta is coming off a masterful performance last Thursday in Miami, where he had 10 strikeouts over seven innings with one hit. He had no say in Boston’s 6-5, 12-inning win.

The Independence Day start was Pivetta’s second double-digit strikeout start of the season and ended a streak of two straight games in which he failed to go five innings.

Cora said “hitting the strike zone” was key to the good start for Pivetta, who suffered a no-hitter with two outs in his final inning.

The Athletics won four of five in early July before suffering their second straight loss in the series opener. But Oakland had 13 hits Tuesday, including three-run home runs by Lawrence Butler and Zack Gelof.

Butler began the season with just two home runs in his last seven games and has three home runs.

“He got to the point where it wasn’t just about hitting the ball where it was thrown, but more about trying to do damage,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said last week. “That’s what we’re working on. He’s a complete hitter, using the other side of the ball like he did in spring training. You see the results, and that’s the potential.”

Oakland will start Wednesday with left-hander J.P. Sears (5-7, 4.74 ERA), who pitched five shutout innings in a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday. It was his first win since May 25 and gave him a career-high five wins this season.

“It’s contagious; you just want to do what someone else did,” Sears said of his latest feat in helping Oakland beat the Angels.

Sears recorded a no-decision in his only career appearance against the Red Sox, allowing one run on two hits in five innings on July 9, 2023.

-Field level media

Oakland Athletics Upcoming Schedule

  • Tuesday, July 9 – Thursday, July 11 – @ Boston Red Sox
  • Friday, July 12-Sunday, July 14 – @ Philadelphia Phillies
  • Monday, July 15 – Thursday, July 18MLB All-Star Break
  • Monday, July 15 -Home Run Derby
  • Tuesday, July 16 – MLB All-Star Game in Arlington, Texas
  • Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21 -against Los Angeles Angels

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