A's stay hot, rout Red Sox 7-1 for eighth straight win

September 2, 2012, 4:03 am
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OAKLAND -- Coco Crisp hit a leadoff home run and finished a triple shy of the cycle to back A.J. Griffin's gem, and the surging Oakland Athletics beat the Boston Red Sox 7-1 on Saturday night for their season-high eighth straight win.Brandon Inge's two-run double highlighted a four-run third inning against lefty Felix Doubront (10-7) and Chris Carter added his 13th homer to lead another overpowering A's victory. Oakland pounded Boston 20-2 on Friday to hand the franchise it's most lopsided loss in more than a decade.Griffin (4-0) retired the first 14 batters until Jarrod Saltalamacchia's bunt single with the infield shifted. The rookie right-hander struck out five and walked none while giving up three hits in seven innings.Dustin Pedroia's two-out RBI single in the sixth was all Boston managed in its fifth straight loss.

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