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De La Rosa Spins Another Strong Start for Sox

Rubby De La Rosa gave the Sox seven very good innings against the A's on Saturday. Lance Iversen/USA Today Sports

After getting back on track after two shaky starts in Detroit and Baltimore, Rubby De La Rosa continued his impressive run as a member of the Red Sox rotation, giving the Red Sox a very good outing in their 2-1 loss to Oakland on Saturday.

De La Rosa cruised through the first inning, retiring the first three A’s batters in order on just seven pitches. The Sox starter picked up another 1-2-3 frame in the second as strikeouts to Brandon Moss and Jed Lowrie sandwiched a Josh Donaldson groundout.

Stephen Vogt led off the bottom of the third with a triple, then scored on an Alberto Callaspo sinking liner that Brock Holt hauled in with a diving grab in right field. De La Rosa then struck out Alberto Callaspo and Coco Crisp to end the inning with the A’s up 1-0.

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De La Rosa kept on rolling in the fourth, getting the first two outs before Brandon Moss singled to put a runner on, but De La Rosa struck out Donaldson to end the inning. The A’s got another baserunner in the fifth was Vogt drew a one-out walk, but he was stranded at first as De La Rosa got out of the inning having held the A’s to just two hits through five.

He came out for the sixth and saw Crisp fly out to right, then struck out John Jaso before Cespedes singled to left. De La Rosa ended the frame on his seventh strikeout of the game, K-ing Moss to keep it a 1-0 ballgame.

Having thrown just 81 pitches through six, De La Rosa got Donaldson out on a grounder and Jed Lowrie out on a fly for the first two outs of the seventh. A single by Vogt couldn’t faze the Sox starter, as he got Callaspo to fly out to end the seventh.

After the Sox tied it 1-1 in the top of the eighth, Rubby De La Rosa got off the hook for the loss and was replaced by Craig Breslow for the bottom of the inning. His final line on the day was an impressive seven innings pitched, allowing one run on four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.

This was yet another game that the Red Sox wasted a strong outing from their pitching staff. A head’s up play by Dustin Pedroia allowed the Sox to tie the game in the top of the eighth when it appeared that Mike Napoli had just struck out to end the inning, eventually sending the game into extra innings, but Coco Crisp gave the A's a 2-1 win in the bottom of the 10th.