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A's rookie Anderson two-hits BoSox, beats Smoltz with complete game

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BOSTON -- It was a game of firsts for big names John Smoltz and Nomar Garciaparra -- and Oakland rookie Brett Anderson.

On a night when the 21-year veteran Smoltz made his Red Sox debut at Fenway Park and Garciaparra played there for the first time as an opponent, the 21-year-old Athletics left-hander threw a two-hit shutout in a 6-0 win over the Red Sox on Monday.

"It kind of eased me into the game, knowing that the focus obviously is not going to be on me," said Anderson, who was 82 days old when Smoltz made his major league debut on April 23, 1988.

Anderson (5-7) pitched the first complete game of his career and Oakland's first since Justin Duchscherer threw one last July 8. He struck out a career-high nine and yielded two singles and two walks while throwing 111 pitches.

"It was a complete game in this ballpark against that team," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "It's obviously very special for anybody, especially somebody of his age."

It was really special for Garciaparra. The former Red Sox shortstop hit .323 in 8½ seasons for them before being dealt at the trade deadline in 2004, the year they won their first World Series since 1918. He tipped his helmet and tapped his chest as he received a one-minute standing ovation before his first at-bat, then singled to drive in the first run.

"You don't know how things are going to play out," Garciaparra said. "There's no script for that one. I think what you saw out there was just pure emotion, from the fans, from myself."

Terry Francona managed Garciaparra for the first half of 2004.

"It looked like it really touched him," Francona said. "They're crazy fans but they're so wrapped up emotionally in their team and people that have been a part of their teams."

Oakland began the day with the AL's lowest batting average (.240), second-worst record (34-46) and eight losses in its previous 11 games. Boston has the best record in the league (49-33) and leads the New York Yankees by one game in the AL East.

Smoltz (0-2) made his third start after missing more than a year following shoulder surgery in his 20th season with Atlanta. He remained winless since an 8-0 victory over Florida on April 17, 2008.

"I'm almost there. I really am," Smoltz said. "I always felt I could pitch in any ballpark, any stadium, against any team, but there's some familiarity that comes with it. I don't know some guys.

He gave up four runs in the fourth

Anderson held the Red Sox hitless in four at-bats with runners in scoring position after entering the game with a .365 batting average against him in those situations, fourth-highest in the AL.

With one out in the second, Jason Bay singled and stole second. Jason Varitek walked, but Rocco Baldelli grounded into a double play. That began a stretch of 10 consecutive outs, five on consecutive strikeouts.

Baldelli ended that streak with a two-out walk in the fifth and Nick Green singled, but Aaron Bates, playing his first major league game, struck out.

"The roughest inning was when I faced Bates there with two outs," Anderson said. "You want to go out there and pound the zone and try to get him to swing at a ball out of the zone and I was able to do that."

The Red Sox threatened again with one out in the seventh when center fielder Scott Hairston dropped Bay's fly ball for a three-base error. But Anderson induced Varitek to foul out to first and Baldelli to fly to right.

Smoltz allowed hits to the first three batters in the fourth -- a double by Jason Giambi, a single by Kurt Suzuki and an RBI single by Garciaparra. Mark Ellis then doubled home two runs and Adam Kennedy got the first of his two RBI singles.

Oakland scored its last run in the ninth when Orlando Cabrera, who came to Boston in the 2004 trade and replaced Garciaparra at shortstop, hit his fourth homer.

Notes

  • Boston 2B Dustin Pedroia was scratched from the lineup to be with his pregnant wife, who was hospitalized. SS Julio Lugo took his spot in the lineup and Green moved to 2B.
  • The Red Sox placed 1B Jeff Bailey on the 15-day DL, transferred SS Jed Lowrie from the 15- to the 60-day DL and called up Bates from Triple-A Pawtucket.
  • The Athletics placed LHP Dallas Braden on the bereavement list and recalled LHP Dana Eveland from Triple-A Sacramento.
 
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Nomar Garciaparra is touched by a one-minute standing ovation from the Fenway Park crowd.  (AP)
Nomar Garciaparra is touched by a one-minute standing ovation from the Fenway Park crowd. (AP)

Players of the Game
Oakland

B. Anderson
IP 9.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 9
Oakland

A. Kennedy
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Oakland Athletics
Adam Kennedy, 3B5032000 .296
Orlando Cabrera, SS5111003 .253
Matt Holliday, LF5020031 .276
Jason Giambi, 1B3110110 .198
    Bobby Crosby, 1B1010000 .204
Kurt Suzuki, C5120004 .284
Nomar Garciaparra, DH4021001 .270
    Rajai Davis, PR-DH0000000 .248
Jack Cust, RF3010012 .225
    Scott Hairston, PR-CF1100001 .298
Ryan Sweeney, CF-RF4100003 .266
Mark Ellis, 2B4122001 .225
Totals40615615  
Batting
2B - Jason Giambi (12, Smoltz), Jack Cust (10, Smoltz), Mark Ellis (4, Smoltz)
HR - Orlando Cabrera (4, Saito)
RBI - Adam Kennedy 2 (28), Orlando Cabrera (28), Nomar Garciaparra (11), Mark Ellis 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Kennedy 2 (11), Orlando Cabrera (14), Mark Ellis 2 (7)
SB - Adam Kennedy (9, 2nd base off Smoltz/Varitek), Rajai Davis (10, 2nd base off Ramirez/Varitek)
CS - Mark Ellis (2, 2nd base by Saito/Varitek)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Ellis-Cabrera-Giambi
E - Scott Hairston (2, Dropped fly)
Oakland Athletics
Brett Anderson (W,5-7) 9200290 4.86
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Anderson 111-72
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Anderson 6-12
Batters Faced - Brett Anderson 31
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4000010 .299
Julio Lugo, SS4000010 .284
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4000020 .296
David Ortiz, DH4000010 .221
Jason Bay, LF3010010 .261
Jason Varitek, C2000101 .238
Rocco Baldelli, RF2000102 .278
Nick Green, 2B3010010 .268
Aaron Bates, 1B3000022 .000
Totals2902029  
Batting
SB - Jason Bay (6, 2nd base off Anderson/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jason Bay 1
DP - Lugo-Green-Bates, Bay-Green
E - Julio Lugo (7, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
John Smoltz (L,0-2) 61055130 6.60
Daniel Bard 1000020 2.95
Ramon Ramirez 1100000 2.19
Takashi Saito 1411001 3.64
Pitches-Strikes - John Smoltz 99-68, Daniel Bard 18-13, Ramon Ramirez 12-10, Takashi Saito 22-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Smoltz 10-5, Takashi Saito 1-1
Batters Faced - John Smoltz 29, Daniel Bard 3, Ramon Ramirez 3, Takashi Saito 6
Game Information
Attendance - 38294
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Andy Fletcher