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Athletics jump out early, manage to hold off Red Sox

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BOSTON -- Adam Kennedy started the Athletics off the same way he decided their previous game: with a big hit.

Kennedy homered on the first pitch of Oakland's 8-6 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night. Less than 24 hours earlier, he capped a career-best five-hit game with an RBI single in the 11th that produced the go-ahead run in a 9-8 win.

"It looked like they didn't finish hitting since last night," said Mike Lowell, whose five RBI were a rare bright spot in Boston's slumping lineup. "The first four pitches they had three hits. It was ridiculous. I guess we ran into them at the wrong time."

One day after the Athletics pounded out 21 hits, they staked Brett Anderson (6-8) to a 5-0 lead before he even took the mound. He won at Fenway Park for the second time in 23 days, having beaten the Red Sox 6-0 with a two-hit complete game on July 6.

Anderson had only one bad inning on Wednesday when he gave up Lowell's three-run homer in the first. He allowed just two singles in his other five innings.

"A big key to the game was holding them off after the first inning," Anderson said. "I was able to mix and match [pitches] early to get to two strikes to get to my slider."

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On Tuesday, the Athletics overcame a 6-2 deficit after six innings. They had seven runs and 11 hits in the last five innings and ended that game with a .298 batting average in July, the second best in the majors. Boston is batting .242 for the month after being outhit 10-9 Wednesday and fell 3½ games behind the AL East-leading New York Yankees.

"It's been a grind because we haven't swung the bats well at the same time we've pitched well," Jason Varitek said. "If we don't put up quality starts day in and day out, it's tough for offenses to take over."

Oakland started with five runs and four hits in the first inning against Brad Penny (7-5). He needed 37 pitches and 20 minutes to get out of the inning, striking out No. 9 hitter Eric Patterson.

After just nine pitches in the bottom of the first, the Athletics had a 1-0 lead and the bases loaded.

"It's good to get the offense going a little bit and score some runs, especially in this place," said Kennedy, who has eight homers.

Orlando Cabrera singled on Penny's second pitch. On the fourth pitch, Kurt Suzuki singled. Then Jack Cust walked on five pitches.

Ryan Sweeney made the first out on a forceout at second on which Cabrera scored. A walk to Tommy Everidge reloaded the bases and Rajai Davis cleared them with a two-out double.

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It was a rare case of wildness for Penny, who had walked just three batters in his previous five starts covering 28 1/3 innings.

"The walks killed me," he said, but "what are the chances of the guy hitting the first pitch out of the park?"

The Red Sox scored single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth and cut the lead to 8-6 on Lowell's RBI single off Andrew Bailey, who then retired J.D. Drew on a groundout for his 13th save in 17 opportunities.

Boston had gotten back in the game in the first after Anderson hopped when he landed awkwardly on his fourth pitch. He took a few warmups, then walked Jacoby Ellsbury on the next pitch.

Kevin Youkilis also walked and Jason Bay struck out before Lowell homered over the left-field wall for his 11th homer, making it 5-3.

"After the home run, the job [Anderson] did was impressive," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "That's a lot for a young kid. It can go any way there. You can get refocused or fall apart."

Anderson refocused and finished with eight strikeouts while allowing four hits and four walks.

Penny also settled down with three hitless innings. But Suzuki led off the fifth with his sixth homer, also on the first pitch. Patterson doubled in the Athletics' last two runs against Justin Masterson in the sixth.

Boston made it 8-4 in the seventh when Ellsbury tripled and scored on Dustin Pedroia's groundout and 8-5 when Lowell hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Notes

  • Youkilis struck out four times and Bay fanned three times.
  • Suzuki has hit in all 21 of his games against Boston, an Oakland club record. He broke a tie with Ben Grieve and Mitchell Page.
 
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Adam Kennedy kicks off the game with a leadoff home run and the Athletics never look back.  (AP)
Adam Kennedy kicks off the game with a leadoff home run and the Athletics never look back. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

M. Lowell
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
Oakland

R. Davis
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Oakland Athletics
Adam Kennedy, 3B5121001 .296
Orlando Cabrera, SS5110002 .280
Kurt Suzuki, C5221011 .285
Jack Cust, DH1010400 .234
Ryan Sweeney, RF5111021 .274
Tommy Everidge, 1B3100211 .111
    Bobby Crosby, 1B0000000 .222
Mark Ellis, 2B5110008 .236
Rajai Davis, CF3113002 .267
Eric Patterson, LF4012031 .174
Totals36810867  
Batting
2B - Mark Ellis (10, Penny), Rajai Davis (5, Penny), Eric Patterson (1, Masterson)
HR - Adam Kennedy (8, Penny), Kurt Suzuki (6, Penny)
SH - Rajai Davis (1)
RBI - Adam Kennedy (38), Kurt Suzuki (47), Ryan Sweeney (24), Rajai Davis 3 (16), Eric Patterson 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Rajai Davis 3 (11)
SB - Jack Cust (3, 2nd base off Masterson/Varitek)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Rajai Davis (2, Throwing), Ryan Sweeney (2, Dropped fly)
Oakland Athletics
Brett Anderson (W,6-8) 6433481 4.33
Michael Wuertz 1111020 3.28
Brad Ziegler 0.2110100 3.06
Craig Breslow (H,9) 0.1000000 4.39
Andrew Bailey (S,13) 1311020 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Anderson 102-61, Michael Wuertz 22-14, Brad Ziegler 15-7, Craig Breslow 4-3, Andrew Bailey 24-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Anderson 5-5, Michael Wuertz 1-0, Brad Ziegler 1-2, Andrew Bailey 1-0
Batters Faced - Brett Anderson 26, Michael Wuertz 4, Brad Ziegler 5, Craig Breslow 1, Andrew Bailey 6
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4320101 .300
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5021012 .305
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4100143 .292
Jason Bay, LF4100135 .251
Mike Lowell, DH3125101 .296
    George Kottaras, PR-DH0000000 .224
Rocco Baldelli, RF3010012 .265
   a- J.D. Drew, PH-RF2010002 .246
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000012 .249
Jason Varitek, C3000111 .231
Jed Lowrie, SS3010010 .125
   b- David Ortiz, PH1000002 .224
    Nick Green, SS0000000 .246
Totals36696512  
a-singled for Baldelli in the 8th
b-popped out for Lowrie in the 8th
Batting
3B - Jacoby Ellsbury (5, Wuertz)
HR - Mike Lowell (11, Anderson)
SF - Mike Lowell (3)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia (44), Mike Lowell 5 (49)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Lowell 4 (27)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (46, 3rd base off Anderson/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jason Bay 1
E - Dustin Pedroia (6, Missed catch of throw)
Boston Red Sox
Brad Penny (L,7-5) 5777432 5.07
Justin Masterson 2110130 4.50
Takashi Saito 1100010 3.15
Ramon Ramirez 1100100 2.28
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 100-58, Justin Masterson 36-21, Takashi Saito 17-10, Ramon Ramirez 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 5-6, Justin Masterson 2-2, Ramon Ramirez 2-1
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 25, Justin Masterson 9, Takashi Saito 4, Ramon Ramirez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 38193
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Adrian Johnson