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Final: A's 3, Red Sox 2

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  July 4, 2012 04:09 PM

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Game over: Sox go down meekly in the ninth. Jarrod Saltalamacchia flew out to left, Adrian Gonzalez grounded out and Mauro Gomez flew out to right to end it. The Red Sox offense managed three hits. The game was played in 2:35 before 28,240 at The Coliseum. The Sox end the road trip 2-5 after being swept by the A's.They are now 42-40. After an off day the Yankees come to Fenway.

Bottom 8th: A's 3, Red Sox 2 Maybe Franklin Morales can start and reliever all season. He's really good. He retired the A's in order in the eighth to preserve the one-run deficit.

Top 8th: A's 3, Red Sox 2 Wouldn't be shocked to see Sox swept. Their offense is MIA. They go down in order in the 8th. David Ortiz struck out on a checked swing that was called a full swing by third base umpire Brian O'Nora.

Bottom 7th: A's 3, Red Sox 2 A's took the lead as Coco Crisp, who tripled to rightcenter, off Aaron Cook, scored on Jemile Weeks' single through the shortstop hole off of Andrew Miller. Cook was charged with three runs on nine hits in six-plus innings. He threw 80 pitches. Miller secured the first out by getting Josh Reddick to pop out foul to the catcher. Matt Albers came on to retire righthanded hitting Yoenis Cespedes on a fly ball out. Valentine went to Franklin Morales, who was pushed back so he can pitch vs. the Yankees (Saturday). Morales struck out former Rockie teammate Seth Smith to retire the side.

Top 7th: Red Sox 2, A's 2 The A's brought in Grant Balfour, but the Sox continued their offensive woes as the bottom of the order - Cody Ross, Mike Aviles and Nick Punto went down quickly.

Bottom 6th: Red Sox 2, A's 2 A bad sun field today, but a simple popup by Brandon Moss on which Mauro Gomez went back on and lost in the sun and finally landed near shortstop Mike Aviles, who also couldn't find it, cost the Sox big time. Brandon Inge doubled with two outs to tie it. Cook deserved better as he continues to pitch very well.

Top 6th: Red Sox 2, A's 1 Adrian Gonzalez came through with a single up the middle scoring David Ortiz with the go-ahead run against A's starter A.J. Griffin who deserved a better fate. With two outs, Ortiz walked after receiving acknowledgement of his 400th homer in his previous at bat from the public address announcer. Ortiz received a standing ovation. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a grounder into the shift, but Jemile Weeks bobbled it for an error. That proved costly as Gonzalez came through with a big two-out hit.

Bottom 5th: Red Sox 1, A's 1 Cook has a rocking chair inning for a change as Jemile Weeks and Yoenis Cespedes went down with ground outs and Josh Reddick flew out to left.

Top 5th: Red Sox 1, A's 1 Red Sox inept offense continues. Cody Ross and Mike Aviles struck out and Nick Punto flew out tocenter against A.J. Griffin who is performing some magic act against them.

Bottom 4th: Red Sox 1, A's 1 Cook allowed two singles to Moss and Inge, but got out of the inning with the status quo. He actually got two flyball outs to get out of the jam.

Top 4th: A's 1, Red Sox 1 Career homer No. 400 for David Ortiz was no cheapie. A lined shot to right field field to tie the game off A.J. Griffin. It was Ortiz' 22nd homer and 55th RBI. Adrian Gonzalez also sent a deep drive to center on which Coco Crisp made an acrobatic catch to rob AGon of extra bases. Then, Yoenis Cespedes made a nice shoe-string catch of Mauro Gomez' drive to left.

Bottom 3rd: A's 1, Red Sox 0 Cook strands runners in scoring position. Not as sharp as he was in his 2-hitter vs. Seattle but the A's are also a more patient offense than the Mariners and have taken more pitches and made him work more.

Top 3rd: A's 1, Red Sox 0 The Red Sox can't hit their way out of a paper bag. Nick Punto walking was the highlight of this inning. Mike Aviles and Daniel nava both popped out. Ugly.

Bottom 2nd: A's 1, Red Sox 0 Brandon Moss hit his 10th home run to straightaway centerfield. Mauro Gomez made a nice bankhanded play at third and strong throw to first to retire Derek Norris. After Brandon Inge flew out to center field, Cliff Pennington grounded out to second base.

Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, A's 0 Mauro Gomez doubled over Yoenis Cespedes' head with two outs, but the Sox couldn't get him in.:

Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, A's 0 Aaron Cook got two quick ground ball outs and then allowed an infield single to second base where Nick Punto is no Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia was out with a new thumb injury. Yoenis Cespedes then grounded a basehit through the shortstop hole that eluded both Mauro Gomez (yes he's playing third) and shortstop Mike Aviles. But Cook got Seth Smith to ground out to Punto, who got the force at second base.

Top 1st: Red Sox 0, A's 0 The bad times continue as the Sox go down in order in the first. A.J. Griffin had the top of the Sox order off-balance. Daniel Nava grounded back to the pitcher, Ryan Kalish grounded to shortstop and David ortiz was fooled on an off-speed pitch for strike three.

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