Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 20, Red Sox 2


Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 20, Red Sox 2


OAKLAND -- There's lopsided wins and then there's what happened in Oakland on Friday night. The A's clobbered the Red Sox in a 20-2 assault, The fourth time in Oakland history the team has scored 20 runs in a game.The A's have now won six in a row against the Red Sox for the first time since 1969, have won seven games in a row, and are a season-high 17 games over .500.At the PlateBrandon Moss got the start at first base over Chris Carter because he has a good track record against Red Sox starting pitcher Aaron Cook. He didn't disappoint. Moss clubbed two RBI doubles and a two-run homer to right field. He ended the night with four hits and four RBI -- both career highs. The home run came in the fifth inning off reliever Junichi Tazawa.Jonny Gomes spent the afternoon giving a tour to the Petaluma National Little League team. He led them through the dugout and clubhouse before the game, then led by example on the field. He cracked an RBI single in the first inning that sent the Petaluma kids into a frenzy in their left field suite. He knocked starting pitcher Cook out of the game with another run-scoring single in the third.Josh Donaldson is staying insanely hot. He incinerated one of Cook's pitches for a two-run homer off the concrete facing of the left field bleachers. With regular third baseman Brandon Inge set to return any day now, Donaldson has hit three homers in his last three games. He drove in another run with the based loaded in the seventh inning. He left the game with an apparent injury after reaching third in the seventh.George Kottaras kept the rout of the Red Sox going with a solo home run to right field. His second homer with the A's made it a 9-1 game. He made it an even 20 runs for Oakland with a two-run homer in the eighth inning. This is the first time Kottaras has hit two home runs in a game.The A's rallied for nine runs in the seventh inning. They sent 11 batters to the plate and forced the Red Sox to throw 52 pitches. The big blow for the A's was a Josh Reddick's first career grand slam which gave the A's an 18-2 lead. Like Donaldson, Reddick has three homers in as many games. Donaldson, Kottaras, Cliff Pennington, and Stephen Drew also drove in runs in that inning. The last time the A's put up a nine spot in a single frame was July 27, 2011 against Tampa Bay. Starting Pitching ReportBrandon McCarthy went six and one-thirds innings and allowed just two runs. He scattered nine hits and didn't walk a batter.Boston's first run off McCarthy was scored on a Jarrod Saltalamacchia homer to right field. It looked like a mistake pitch as it was a cutter left a little high over the plate. McCarthy saved his first strikeout of the game for when he needed it the most. With runners on the corners and one out he got James Loney swinging on a 91-mph cutter. Loney was the 23rd Boston batter. McCarthy retired Saltalamacchia to end the inning and the Red Sox threat.McCarthy left the game with 103 pitches and runners on first and second. One of those runners ended up scoring after a wild pitch and a ground out.Bullpen ReportPedro Figueroa entered in relief of McCarthy in the seventh. He threw a wild pitch before retiring the next two batters he faced. He was assisted by two solid plays by Donaldson. He lasted one and two-thirds innings. Evan Scribner pitched a low pressure ninth inning with an 18-run lead.In the FieldCliff Pennington made a spectacular over the shoulder catch in right field -- yes, right field. The second baseman ranged deep into the outfield and snagged the ball as he went into a slide just missing Reddick.In the seventh inning with runners on second and third Donaldson made a ranging bare-handed play on a ball down the third baseline. A runner scored on the play but Donaldson's effort limited the damage.
AttendanceThe A's announced an attendance of 20,121.Dot RaceGold wins the dot race. White bumped Green off the track just prior to the finish line.Up NextA.J. Griffin (3-0, 2.42) will return from the disabled list and take the mound on Saturday for the A's. We have the full details here.The Red Sox will be sending Felix Doubront (10-6, 4.79 ERA) to the mound. He gave up five runs in four innings in a losing effort against the against the A's on May 1.

A's use three solo shots to avoid sweep vs Mets

A's use three solo shots to avoid sweep vs Mets


NEW YORK — Rookie Matt Chapman quickly atoned for a baserunning blunder by hitting a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning that sent the Oakland Athletics over the Mets 3-2 Sunday, ending New York's four-game winning streak.

With the July 31 trade deadline nearing and far back in the NL wild-card race, the Mets now start a 10-game trip, and there's no telling whether veterans such as Jay Bruce and Lucas Duda will remain on the team when it returns to Citi Field.

Marcus Semien and Khris Davis also homered for Oakland, helping Bob Melvin post his 999th victory as a big league manager. Semien connected on the sixth pitch of the game, and Davis hit his 28th home run in the fourth.

Michael Conforto hit his 19th homer of the season and fifth of the Mets' 6-4 homestand that followed the All-Star break.

Oakland led 2-1 when Chapman opened the fifth with a double and moved up on a wild pitch by Rafael Montero (1-7). But with no outs, Chapman wandered too far from third base and was picked off by catcher Rene Rivera.

After the Mets tied it on an RBI grounder by Jose Reyes, Chapman launched a drive with two outs in the seventh. Chapman showed pop in the minors, and has homered four times since making his major league debut last month, including a drive Saturday night.

The Athletics made another mistake on the bases in the ninth when Jed Lowrie tried to steal second — with pinch-runner Rajai Davis already there, resulting in an out.

Rookie Daniel Gossett (2-5) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings. He snagged a line drive by Curtis Granderson just above his head in the fifth, preserving Oakland's one-run lead.

Santiago Casilla, a possible trade target in the next two weeks, worked the ninth for his 16th save in 21 chances. After Wilmer Flores singled with one out, pinch-hitter Yoenis Cespedes hit a flyball that got fans hollering it might leave the park, but it was caught way short of the warning track.

The A's improved to 3-10 in interleague play, still the worst mark in the majors. The start of the game was delayed 61 minutes because of rain.

Despite the defeat, it was not a total loss for Montero. He was 0 for 28 at the plate in his major league career before lining a two-out single in the fifth. He broke into a big smile and the ball was thrown into the Mets dugout for safekeeping.

Montero then scampered to third when Conforto struck out on a wild pitch that bounced toward the New York bench. Granderson's bid for a tying hit was caught by the right-handed Gossett, who took off his glove, rotated his left shoulder to work out a kink, spit, tilted his hat and shook his head as he slowly walked off the mound.


Athletics: Righty reliever Ryan Dull (strained knee) could rejoin the A's for the finale of the upcoming four-game series in Toronto. ... 1B Ryon Healy didn't start for the second straight game after getting hit in the head by a bad hop Friday.

Mets: Cespedes and INF Asdrubal Cabrera didn't start, with manager Terry Collins saying the veterans told him they could use a day off.


Athletics: RHP Chris Smith (0-0, 2.77 ERA) starts in Toronto vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (5-5, 6.15). Smith made his first major league start earlier this month at age 36.

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (11-3, 3.37) has won seven straight starts. He has a 1.51 ERA in that span, striking out 50 and walking 10. He'll face Padres LHP Clayton Richard (5-10, 5.35).

A's blow five-run lead, watch Mets walk off with victory

A's blow five-run lead, watch Mets walk off with victory


NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the New York Mets rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Pinch-hitter Lucas Duda delivered a tying single with two outs in the eighth off left-hander Daniel CoulombeJay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the sixth to begin New York's comeback, and Jose Reyes tripled twice.

Flores connected on a 96 mph fastball from Simon Castro (0-1), sending a line drive to left field for the second game-ending homer of his career. That sent a frenzied crowd of 39,629 home happy - hours after fans lined up early in the heat outside Citi Field to get their Noah Syndergaard as Thor bobbleheads.

Matt Joyce hit a leadoff home run and Matt Chapman added a prodigious shot for Oakland, which scored four in the first off struggling Mets starter Zack Wheeler.

Sean Manaea took a shutout into the sixth but then wilted after throwing a career-high 115 pitches Sunday in his previous start, a win against Cleveland.

Hansel Robles (6-1) tossed a hitless inning to win for the second straight day.

With Mets second baseman Neil Walker nearing a return from the disabled list, perhaps Monday in San Diego, Asdrubal Cabrera made his first major league start at third and played flawless defense after working out at the position once. Cabrera's only previous appearance at the hot corner came during his rookie season in 2007 with Cleveland. "He's a middle infielder who's going to play third base. Got great hands, great arm. He'll be fine," manager Terry Collins said. Cabrera initially balked at shifting from shortstop to second when he came off the DL about a month ago.

Athletics: Ryon Healy had a pinch-hit single after getting hit near the left temple by a bad-hop grounder Friday night. Healy went through the concussion protocol and was cleared, manager Bob Melvin said. ... Melvin said he would have news after the game regarding RHP Jharel Cotton, on the DL since July 4 with a blister on his right thumb. Cotton threw a bullpen Friday. Oakland needs a starter for Monday night at Toronto. ... INF-OF Chad Pinder (strained left hamstring) homered Friday on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville and could come off the DL when Oakland begins a homestand next weekend. "That's kind of the target area," Melvin said.

Mets: Walker (left hamstring) went 1 for 3 with Triple-A Las Vegas at Memphis in the first game of rehab assignment. The switch-hitter has been on the DL since June 15. ... LHP Josh Smoker threw a scoreless sixth in his first outing since coming off the disabled list Thursday. Smoker had been sidelined since June 14 with a strained left shoulder.

Oakland rookie right-hander Daniel Gossett (1-5, 5.79 ERA) makes his eighth career start in Sunday's series finale against RHP Rafael Montero (1-6, 5.40). Gossett has given up 10 homers in 37 1/3 innings after yielding only four in 60 2/3 innings at Triple-A.