It took frigid weather to heat up the Oakland Athletics' cold bats. The A's offense erupted for 13 runs over seven innings in a rain-shortened win over the Red Sox in Boston. The 13-0 victory snapped the A's four-game losing streak, and was their biggest shutout win at Fenway Park since an 11-0 win on August 30, 1930.
At the Plate
The A's got the big inning they've desperately needed lately. It happened in the third inning, when the Red Sox had a team-wide meltdown as the A's batted around. Alfredo Aceves walked three A's hitters and gave up a single to start the inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Seth Smith drew a walk to give the A's a 1-0 lead.
After Jed Lowrie stuck out on three pitches, Brandon Moss picked him up with a two-run single to make it 3-0. Aceves balked Smith to third base, then Josh Donaldson followed with a hard-hit sacrifice fly to center field to make it 4-0.
The Red Sox defense melted down on the next play. Josh Reddick hit the ball sharply and Mike Napoli made a diving stop, Reddick beat Aceves to first base for the infield single. During the Red Sox confusion, Moss rounded third and scored as Aceves made a bad throw home that got past the catcher, which allowed Reddick to reach second.
Aceves balked again, which moved Reddick to third base. Chris Young then reached on an error that allowed Reddick to score and make it 6-0. Sogard, the 10th batter, grounded out to end the inning.
In the next inning, Seth Smith crushed a two-run home run to center field to make it 8-0 A's. It was Smith's second homer of the season.
Down 8-0 in the fifth inning, it looked like the Red Sox strategy was to continuously put A's runners on base until the rain fell hard enough to postpone the game. The rain didn't get worse at that point, but the A's poured it on.
Donaldson led off with a single, Young and Sogard walked, and Coco Crisp hit a two-run double to make it 10-0. John Jaso drove in two more runs to make it an even dozen for the A's.
Reddick made it 13-0 with an RBI double. He finished the day 2 for 4 with two RBI. He's driven in runs in three consecutive games.
Every A's hitter in the starting lineup reached base.
Aceves allowed eight runs -- seven earned -- and reliever Steven Wright allowed five runs.
Starting Pitching Report
Bartolo Colon was masterful. Even with extended waits between trips to the mound, he stayed sharp and pounded the strike zone. The veteran pitcher allowed one hit through the first four innings with four strikeouts. He retired 12 batters in a row at one point.
Through three starts this season, Colon had yet to walk a batter. Since he didn't walk anyone in his final start of 2012, he had the longest such streak for an A's starting pitcher since 1916. Colon finally walked a batter in the sixth inning. He made it 24 innings in 2013 before he allowed a walk.
Colon got his third win of the season. He threw seven innings, allowed just three hits, and struck out seven batters. He struck out the side in his final inning of work.
No relievers were needed.
In the Field
It was wet, windy, and rainy, but the A's didn't misplay any balls.
The Red Sox announced an attendance of 29,006.
Brett Anderson takes the mound in the series finale. He sprained his right ankle in his previous start and only pitched one inning. The A's ace is off to a rough start this season. He is 1-3 with a 5.95 ERA. Anderson has been successful against the Red Sox in his career, with a 5-2 record and a 2.70 ERA in eight career starts against them.
The Red Sox will send left-handed pitcher Jon Lester to the mound. He is 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA this season.