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Cahill wins 16th as A's knock around BoSox

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Trevor Cahill knew if anyone had the athleticism and leaping ability to snare a ball headed over the fence it was Coco Crisp.

Crisp made the play all right, ranking his catch to start the game right up there with the best of his career.

"I didn't know how to react when I caught that, one of the best home runs I've robbed," Crisp said of Ryan Kalish's long leadoff fly. "I wanted to jump up and down and start breakdancing."

Postseason Chase

Helped by Crisp's grab, Cahill pitched seven innings to become Oakland's first 16-game winner in four years and the Athletics beat the Boston Red Sox 5-0 on Friday night.

Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run double in the first and Daric Barton added a two-run single in the second as the A's knocked Clay Buchholz (15-7) out after only an inning-plus, his second-shortest outing as a starter and shortest in a non-injury situation.

"Not a good night to throw one-plus out there when the team's trying to battle and stay in a position where we can catch up with the guys ahead of us," Buchholz said. "Just a poor effort on my part."

Cahill (16-6), who began the year in the minors, became the first A's pitcher to reach 16 wins since Joe Blanton and Barry Zito in 2006. The only other pitcher in Oakland history to win more games without getting a victory in April was Vida Blue, who posted 17 wins in 1974.

At 22 and a second-year big leaguer, Cahill already is being mentioned in the AL Cy Young Award conversation.

"I just try to go out every time and give the team a chance to win," he said. "I don't think anyone in this clubhouse has thrown up the flag. We still think we're in it."

The A's trail first-place Texas by 7½ games with 22 to go.

This one hardly lived up to the billing of a pitchers' duel featuring 15-game winners and All-Star right-handers.

Buchholz entered with a 2.25 ERA, to 2.72 for Cahill -- Nos. 1 and 3 in the AL, respectively. Buchholz's went up to 2.53, while Cahill lowered his to 2.61.

The A's jumped on Buchholz in a hurry, starting with Crisp's leadoff single in the first. Barton walked and Suzuki followed with his double.

"He never was able to establish any sort of rhythm," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "He just looked uncomfortable."

Barton's big hit chased Buchholz after 39 pitches. His only shorter outing came in a one-inning stint at San Francisco on June 26. He left that one with a hyperextended left knee that he hurt running the bases.

Buchholz is winless in his last three outings following a four-start winning streak. This time, he was working on an extra day of rest.

"I felt like I've been off for seven days now," he said. "I didn't really feel comfortable in the bullpen. I tried to throw it 70 percent there, trying to stay in control. I tried to make pitches better than what I needed to make them, and when I missed they hit them."

Even A's manager Bob Geren thought Kalish probably had a home run to open the game. Crisp went over the center-field wall to make the spectacular play.

"He's just a really dynamic player. He can do everything," Geren said.

Crisp also hit three singles against his former team and matched his career high with three stolen bases. He last stole three bags in a game on June 20, 2004, at Atlanta while with Cleveland.

This marks Boston's third trip to the Bay Area of the season -- including one other visit to the Coliseum in July and a stop across the bay in San Francisco to play the Giants in June.

Cahill won for the fourth time in five starts, beating Boston for the first time in three career tries. He didn't allow an earned run for the sixth time in his last nine.

After a walk to No. 9 hitter Lars Anderson in the third, Cahill retired 10 of the next 11 batters. He allowed three hits, struck out four and walked two.

Oakland's visiting clubhouse staff brought in extra lockers typically used by the NFL's Oakland Raiders in order to handle all the additional Red Sox. Their roster is at 34 after pitcher Matt Fox joined the team Friday. He was claimed off waivers from Minnesota on Thursday.

Craig Breslow and Henry Rodriguez each pitched an inning to complete the three-hitter.

Jeremy Hermida, who began the season with Boston before being released by the Red Sox on Aug. 31 and picked up by the A's, went 0 for 3 with a walk against his old team.

Notes

  • The A's lead the season series 4-3.
  • Red Sox LHP reliever Felix Doubront stayed back in Boston to undergo further tests on a strained muscle beneath his left collarbone. He isn't likely to rejoin the team until after its West Coast swing that also takes the Red Sox through Seattle. "We're just trying to be conscientious," Francona said. "They'll probably send him to one more doctor, a neurologist."
  • Boston SS Marco Scutaro had the night off.
  • A's SS Kevin Kouzmanoff missed his fourth straight game and was still listed as day to day after experiencing lower back spasms Sunday at New York.
  • Oakland LHP Josh Outman threw a bullpen session and RHP Joey Devine, who like Outman is coming back from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, played catch on flat ground.
  • Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson spent some of the game in the A's dugout, giving Crisp a high-five at one point.
 
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Trevor Cahill pitches seven scoreless innings while striking out four and lowering his ERA to 2.61. (US Presswire)
Trevor Cahill pitches seven scoreless innings while striking out four and lowering his ERA to 2.61. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Oakland

T. Cahill
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 4
Oakland

C. Crisp
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ryan Kalish, CF3000001 .238
   a- Darnell McDonald, PH-CF1000011 .275
J.D. Drew, RF4000012 .252
Victor Martinez, C4010000 .293
David Ortiz, DH4000011 .259
Adrian Beltre, 3B4010000 .323
Jed Lowrie, SS2000111 .255
Josh Reddick, LF3010000 .257
Bill Hall, 2B2000112 .242
Lars Anderson, 1B1000100 .222
   b- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, PH-1B1000011 .250
Totals2903036  
a-struck out for Kalish in the 8th
b-struck out for Anderson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Josh Reddick (3, Cahill)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Kalish 1
DP - Buchholz-Hall-Lowrie-Anderson, Lowrie-Hall-Anderson, Kalish-Beltre
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clay Buchholz (L,15-7) 1555410 2.53
Dustin Richardson 2000220 4.15
Michael Bowden 2200000 3.60
Robert Coello 2100220 8.10
Robert Manuel 1000010 5.59
WP - Robert Coello (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 39-17, Dustin Richardson 37-18, Michael Bowden 31-18, Robert Coello 33-19, Robert Manuel 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 1-0, Dustin Richardson 2-1
Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 11, Dustin Richardson 7, Michael Bowden 6, Robert Coello 9, Robert Manuel 3
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF3130100 .279
Daric Barton, 1B3112101 .280
Kurt Suzuki, C4112002 .248
Jack Cust, DH1010300 .274
Mark Ellis, 2B3010103 .268
Jeremy Hermida, RF3000103 .199
Rajai Davis, LF4000012 .271
Jeff Larish, 3B3100131 .189
Cliff Pennington, SS4110021 .251
Totals2858486  
Batting
2B - Kurt Suzuki (16, Buchholz), Jack Cust (16, Bowden)
RBI - Daric Barton 2 (49), Kurt Suzuki 2 (61)
SB - Coco Crisp 3 (27, 2nd base off Buchholz/Martinez, 2nd base off Bowden/Martinez, 2nd base off Coello/Martinez), Rajai Davis (44, 2nd base off Richardson/Martinez)
PK - Jack Cust (1, Bowden)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Ellis-Pennington-Barton
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Trevor Cahill (W,16-6) 7300240 2.61
Craig Breslow 1000120 3.41
Henry Rodriguez 1000000 3.80
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 107-62, Craig Breslow 17-11, Henry Rodriguez 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 9-7, Henry Rodriguez 3-0
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 25, Craig Breslow 4, Henry Rodriguez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19139
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Brian Runge