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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Boston Red Sox thought they were exhausted when they got into their Bay Area hotel at dawn Monday after losing two of three to the Yankees.
They had no idea their longest day of the year was just beginning -- and that it would end with a 225-minute, 11-inning, improbably dramatic loss to the Oakland Athletics.
Mark Ellis became the sixth Oakland player to hit for the cycle, and Eric Chavez ended it with a two-out homer for the A's, who recovered from Boston's ninth-inning rally for a tumultuous 5-4 victory.
Chavez left no doubt on his eighth homer of the season, this one off Kyle Snyder (1-1), ending a game with a homer for just the second time in his career. But there was plenty of doubt before that in Boston's fourth loss in five games, starting when the Red Sox erased Dan Haren's outstanding start with a two-run rally in the ninth.
"They did a good job battling," Ellis said. "We know they got in late last night, but they're got a lot of pride over there. It's a great win for us. We persevered and kept fighting. There were plenty of chances to give up."
Haren dazzled the Red Sox with nine strikeouts during 7 2/3 innings of four-hit ball, but pinch-hitter Jason Varitek and Wily Mo Pena hit run-scoring singles against Alan Embree in the ninth to tie it for Boston.
Ellis then hit for the cycle for the first time in his career, completing it with a broken-bat bloop single in the 10th inning. Ellis hit a two-run triple in the second and a solo homer in the fourth, adding a double in the sixth.
David Ortiz hit his first homer in 19 games and added doubles in the ninth and 10th innings for the Red Sox, who staggered into Oakland after a cross-country flight and no rest thanks to a scheduling quirk that annoyed and drained them.
"We lost a heartbreaking game," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "It won't be heartbreaking (Tuesday). We did a lot of things just to get an extra-inning game on the road. We wiggled out of a few jams. ... We did a lot. We just didn't do enough."
Santiago Casilla (1-0) earned his first major-league victory for the A's, who won three straight for the first time since mid-April - and Chavez decided it was time to go home, pausing briefly to admire his homer.
"The way it came off the bat, and the way I've been swinging lately, I kind of knew it was going to carry a little bit," Chavez said.
After Embree blew the save, the A's loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth -- but Boston survived when J.C. Romero struck out Chavez and then induced a 5-2-3 double play on Bobby Crosby's grounder to Kevin Youkilis, sparking enthusiastic high-fives in front of the pro-Boston fans.
"I kind of felt like I threw away that (at-bat) in the 10th," Chavez said.
Ortiz, whose double started the ninth-inning rally, hit a two-out double off the top of the center-field wall in the 10th. But Mark Kotsay barehanded it, and the relay throw to Jason Kendall easily cut down Dustin Pedroia, who attempted to score from first.
"It shows the character of this team," Pedroia said. "A lot of adversity, travel ... we're not going to quit. ... (The 10th-inning play) was tough. I didn't have much of a lead at first, and the ball caromed off the wall pretty good to him. A couple of extra inches further on David's ball, and it's a home run."
Ellis then completed the 17th cycle in A's history dating to 1901 with his one-out bloop, and he reached third on Shannon Stewart's groundout. But the Red Sox escaped again when Travis Buck grounded out to first, with Snyder making a sprinting, diving play to cover the bag.
Ellis was the first player to hit for the cycle against the Red Sox since Andre Thornton did it on April 22, 1978.
Way back in the first inning, Ortiz snapped his longest homer drought since joining the Red Sox in 2003, popping Haren's full-count pitch over the short right-field fence in the first inning.
The powerful designated hitter, who has just 10 homers after hitting a Red Sox-record 54 last season, hadn't connected since May 9, a span of 19 games and 69 at-bats. He kept producing despite the homer drought, driving in 15 runs during that skid.
Although Haren gave up two homers for the first time all season, he matched his season high in strikeouts and retired 14 straight at one point. He struck out five of the last seven batters he faced before leaving to a standing ovation in what would have been his seventh straight victory.
|Eric Chavez gives the Athletics a huge win with his second career walk-off home run. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||1||0||.331|
|Alex Cora, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.304|
|a- Julio Lugo, PH-SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.224|
|David Ortiz, DH||4||2||3||1||1||0||1||.333|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||5||0||1||0||0||2||2||.286|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B-1B||5||0||1||0||0||0||2||.346|
|J.D. Drew, RF||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.224|
|b- Jason Varitek, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.280|
|Coco Crisp, PR-CF||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||.237|
|Wily Mo Pena, CF-RF||5||1||2||2||0||2||2||.240|
|Doug Mirabelli, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.180|
|Eric Hinske, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.155|
|c- Mike Lowell, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.332|
|a-fouled out for Cora in the 8th|
|b-singled for Drew in the 9th|
|c-popped out for Hinske in the 10th|
|2B - David Ortiz 2 (23, Embree, Flores)|
|HR - David Ortiz (10, Haren), Wily Mo Pena (4, Haren)|
|RBI - David Ortiz (41), Jason Varitek (28), Wily Mo Pena 2 (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz (19), Jason Varitek (10), Wily Mo Pena 2 (2)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Cora-Pedroia-Hinske, Youkilis-Mirabelli-Hinske|
|E - Eric Hinske (3, Misplayed grounder), Kevin Youkilis (2, Throwing)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Kyle Snyder (L,1-1)||1.1||1||1||1||0||0||1||2.25|
|Pitches-Strikes - Julian Tavarez 107-65, Brendan Donnelly 16-12, Joel Pineiro 30-12, J.C. Romero 26-14, Kyle Snyder 18-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Julian Tavarez 7-6, Brendan Donnelly 2-0, Joel Pineiro 2-3, J.C. Romero 2-0, Kyle Snyder 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Julian Tavarez 27, Brendan Donnelly 4, Joel Pineiro 8, J.C. Romero 6, Kyle Snyder 5|
|Shannon Stewart, LF||6||0||1||0||0||0||4||.271|
|Travis Buck, RF||5||0||1||0||1||1||4||.252|
|Nick Swisher, 1B||6||0||0||0||0||3||2||.292|
|Dan Johnson, DH||4||0||1||0||2||1||0||.294|
|Eric Chavez, 3B||5||2||2||1||1||1||6||.237|
|Bobby Crosby, SS||4||1||1||0||1||0||3||.247|
|Mark Kotsay, CF||4||1||1||0||1||0||2||.133|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||5||1||4||3||0||0||0||.264|
|Jason Kendall, C||3||0||0||1||0||0||2||.193|
|a- Jack Cust, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.221|
|Adam Melhuse, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.231|
|a-walked for Kendall in the 10th|
|2B - Travis Buck (7, Tavarez), Mark Ellis (10, Tavarez)|
|3B - Mark Ellis (1, Tavarez)|
|HR - Eric Chavez (8, Snyder), Mark Ellis (4, Tavarez)|
|SF - Jason Kendall (2)|
|RBI - Eric Chavez (27), Mark Ellis 3 (26), Jason Kendall (14)|
|2-OUT RBI - Eric Chavez (12)|
|SB - Eric Chavez (3, 2nd base off Pineiro/Mirabelli)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|Outfield Assists - Mark Kotsay 1|
|Jay Marshall (H,7)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.32|
|Alan Embree (BS,1)||1.1||4||2||2||0||1||0||3.55|
|Santiago Casilla (W,1-0)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 118-75, Jay Marshall 2-2, Alan Embree 25-18, Kiko Calero 3-3, Ron Flores 5-2, Santiago Casilla 16-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 7-7, Alan Embree 1-2, Santiago Casilla 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Dan Haren 28, Jay Marshall 1, Alan Embree 8, Kiko Calero 1, Ron Flores 1, Santiago Casilla 4|
|Attendance - 28177|
|Game Time - 3:45|
|Temperature - 61|
|Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Ron Kulpa|