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Crawford clutch again as Red Sox rally on A's

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BOSTON -- Carl Crawford has struggled all season against left-handers. And when it comes to driving in runs, he's been much better on the road.

With one pitch Friday night, that all changed.

Crawford blooped a go-ahead, two-run single to center field in the seventh inning off Brian Fuentes and the Boston Red Sox ended a four-game losing streak with an 8-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

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"You've got the bases loaded with two outs" and a full count, Crawford said. "You know he can't really play around too much right there. You know at some point he has to throw you a pitch where you can hit."

It actually was a tough pitch to hit -- inside and close to Crawford's hands. Still, he managed to send it just beyond second base to give Boston a 7-6 lead.

"We had a chance to bring Brian in against a lefty that's been hitting about .100 against lefties," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "It's unfortunate. He made a good pitch."

Before his hit, Crawford was batting just .103 (7 for 68) against lefties this season. Of his 21 RBI before Friday, only six were at Fenway Park, although two came from walkoff hits.

"He worked the count really well," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "By no means did he crush that ball, but he stayed on it enough and it found the outfield grass and made everybody happy."

Joey Devine (0-1) had loaded the bases in the inning when he allowed a double by Adrian Gonzalez, hit Kevin Youkilis and walked David Ortiz. After retiring Jed Lowrie on a fly ball, Devine was replaced by Fuentes.

"In the sixth with our bullpen with the lead, I like our chances," Geren said. "We have a good bullpen."

Boston had rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the first and trailed 6-5 when Crawford, who has nine RBI in his last nine games, delivered.

"I was just hoping it got through," Crawford said. "When I saw that, I was feeling a lot better, just watched it all the way until it dropped."

Bobby Jenks (2-2) got the win and Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save in 12 opportunities.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia added a solo homer, his fifth of the year, for the Red Sox in the eighth.

The Red Sox ended their longest losing streak since they began the season 0-6. The A's dropped their fourth straight after winning four in a row.

"The type of ball we were playing [early in the season] compared to now is just two different teams," Jenks said. "Going out of spring training, this is what we were all expecting to start the year. It just showed up a little late but it's here now."

The A's ripped Clay Buchholz for four runs and five hits in the first, but the Red Sox came back to take a 5-4 lead after the third. Oakland tied it with a run in the fourth before taking a 6-5 lead on Daric Barton's RBI single in the fifth.

"It's good to get some runs early," Oakland's Josh Willingham said, "but you have to give them credit. They came back."

David DeJesus started the first-inning rally with a single, took second on a single by Willingham and scored when Hideki Matsui grounded into a fielder's choice for the second out. Then Buchholz have up three straight hits -- a single by Kurt Suzuki that sent Matsui to second, an RBI single by Barton and a two-run single by Mark Ellis.

The Red Sox began chipping away at the 4-0 lead with two runs in the bottom of the first. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single, took second on his 20th stolen base of the season and third on a wild pitch then scored on Gonzalez's groundout. Youkilis followed with a double and scored on Ortiz's single.

Ellsbury's sacrifice fly made it 4-3 in the second and Boston took the lead in the third when Ortiz doubled in one run and Lowrie singled in another off starter Josh Outman. After retiring the next batter, Outman was replaced by Guillermo Moscoso, who pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

Oakland tied the score at 5 when Kevin Kouzmanoff singled, took second on a wild pickoff throw by Buchholz and third on a wild pitch before scoring on Coco Crisp's groundout.

Buchholz kept struggling in the fifth. Willingham led off with a double, moved up on a flyout by Matsui and scored on a single by Barton that drove Buchholz from the game.

Notes

  • The Red Sox transferred RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 15- to the 60-day DL and placed LHP Rich Hill on the 15-day DL, both with elbow injuries. Francona said after the game that Matsuzaka would have season-ending Tommy John surgery, probably next week.
  • The Athletics placed RHP Grant Balfour on paternity leave and recalled RHP Fautino De Los Santos from Triple-A Sacramento.
  • In his other appearance this season against Oakland, Buchholz allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings in a 5-3 win on April 20.
  • Tommy Hottovy, a 2004 draft choice by Boston, made his major-league debut, retiring the only batter he faced to end the sixth.
  • Fuentes was 0-4 with two saves in his previous seven appearances.
 
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Carl Crawford's broken bat does not prevent him from hitting the go-ahead, two-run bloop single in the seventh inning.  (AP)
Carl Crawford's broken bat does not prevent him from hitting the go-ahead, two-run bloop single in the seventh inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

K. Youkilis
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Oakland

J. Willingham
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF5011011 .270
David DeJesus, RF4110112 .254
Josh Willingham, LF5130011 .250
Hideki Matsui, DH5101022 .216
Kurt Suzuki, C3110101 .243
Daric Barton, 1B4122001 .212
Mark Ellis, 2B4012001 .214
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3110011 .223
   a- Ryan Sweeney, PH1000000 .298
    Andy LaRoche, 3B0000000 .247
Cliff Pennington, SS3010110 .257
Totals37611637  
a-grounded out for Kouzmanoff in the 8th
Batting
2B - Josh Willingham 2 (10, Buchholz, Jenks)
RBI - Coco Crisp (19), Hideki Matsui (20), Daric Barton 2 (15), Mark Ellis 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Daric Barton 2 (8), Mark Ellis 2 (5)
SB - Coco Crisp (18, 2nd base off Hottovy/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Kouzmanoff-Ellis-Barton
PB - Kurt Suzuki (3)
E - Daric Barton (7, Misplayed grounder), Kevin Kouzmanoff (9, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Outman 2.2554120 4.02
Guillermo Moscoso 2.1200030 2.70
Craig Breslow (H,4) 1000000 3.47
Joey Devine (H,3; L,0-1) 0.2122100 2.45
Brian Fuentes (BS,3) 0.1100000 4.38
Michael Wuertz 1211001 2.30
HBP - Youkilis (by Joey Devine)
WP - Josh Outman (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Outman 67-36, Guillermo Moscoso 40-27, Craig Breslow 14-12, Joey Devine 24-12, Brian Fuentes 8-4, Michael Wuertz 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Outman 3-5, Guillermo Moscoso 1-3, Craig Breslow 2-1, Joey Devine 1-1, Brian Fuentes 1-0, Michael Wuertz 2-1
Batters Faced - Josh Outman 16, Guillermo Moscoso 9, Craig Breslow 3, Joey Devine 5, Brian Fuentes 2, Michael Wuertz 5
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4111000 .291
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5000002 .240
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5131010 .335
Kevin Youkilis, 3B3320101 .261
David Ortiz, DH3122112 .319
Jed Lowrie, SS4011006 .304
Carl Crawford, LF4012003 .235
Mike Cameron, RF2100011 .183
   a- J.D. Drew, PH-RF2000002 .225
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4111021 .220
Totals36811825  
a-grounded out for Cameron in the 6th
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (18, Devine), Kevin Youkilis (15, Outman), David Ortiz (14, Outman)
HR - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (5, Wuertz)
SF - Jacoby Ellsbury (1)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (28), Adrian Gonzalez (47), David Ortiz 2 (30), Jed Lowrie (23), Carl Crawford 2 (23), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (18)
2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz (10), Carl Crawford 2 (7)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (20, 2nd base off Outman/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Lowrie-Pedroia-Gonzalez
E - Clay Buchholz (1, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clay Buchholz 4.2865250 3.82
Scott Atchison 1100000 4.73
Tommy Hottovy 0.1000000 0.00
Bobby Jenks (W,2-2) 1100110 7.59
Daniel Bard (H,10) 1100000 3.18
Jonathan Papelbon (S,11) 1000010 3.28
WP - Clay Buchholz (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 99-62, Scott Atchison 12-8, Tommy Hottovy 3-2, Bobby Jenks 15-8, Daniel Bard 13-9, Jonathan Papelbon 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 4-5, Scott Atchison 3-0, Tommy Hottovy 1-0, Bobby Jenks 1-0, Daniel Bard 1-2
Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 24, Scott Atchison 4, Tommy Hottovy 1, Bobby Jenks 4, Daniel Bard 4, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37808
Game Time - 3:35
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Brian Gorman