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BOSTON -- The Oakland Athletics didn't hide their feelings over being able to rebound so nicely after such a miserable loss.
Scott Sizemore and Josh Willingham each hit two-run homers during a six-run fourth inning that carried the Oakland Athletics to a 15-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday, one day after they lost 22-9 at Yankee Stadium and allowed a major league-record three grand slams.
"It's a huge lift," winning pitcher Gio Gonzalez said. "It's stopping the bleeding right away and not letting it spiral out of control."
Like Thursday in New York, the Athletics opened a big lead early. The difference was they kept scoring and held the hot hitting Red Sox down.
"I think it's good," said second baseman Jemile Weeks, who had three hits and scored three runs, of the team's rebound. "I think we came out and set a tone. We started out great in New York and they pounded us in that game."
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The win denied Tim Wakefield's bid for his 200th career victory.
Wakefield (6-6), trying for the sixth time to become the 108th pitcher to reach 200 wins, gave up eight runs -- four earned -- on eight hits, walking two and striking out three. He's 0-3 with a 4.97 ERA during the six games.
"Not a real good night [for Wakefield]. Kind of an inconsistent knuckleball tonight -- some he threw so well and had sharp break and then some were up," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "Then it looked like we get the third out and the ball gets by [Jarrod Saltalamacchia] because it is moving and they tack on four more, so just kind of a rough night all the way around."
Cliff Pennington also had three hits, and Willingham drove in four runs for the Athletics, who won for the seventh time in nine road games after losing 30 of their previous 37 away from home.
"We just tried to move on (from Thursday)," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said, downplaying it a bit more than his players. "We really just tried to move on."
Gonzalez (11-11) gave up four runs, seven hits, striking out five and walking three in 5 2/3 innings for his second straight win after losing five in a row. He picked up just his third road win in 10 decisions.
Leading 2-1 in the fourth, the Athletics scored six runs off Wakefield -- four coming after Saltalamacchia's passed ball on Weeks' strikeout with two outs.
"I think that's my biggest disappointment, knowing that we had a doubleheader tomorrow and I was only able to go four innings," Wakefield said.
Sizemore started the scoring with a home run into the last row of Green Monster seats in left, making it 4-1. After Weeks fanned but reached first, Coco Crisp walked before Hideki Matsui doubled both home with a drive off the center-field wall. Willingham then homered into the Monster seats, his 23rd, making it 8-1.
Boston outfielder Darnell McDonald pitched the ninth, allowing Willingham's two-run double after walking the first two batters.
For a while it looked as though it could be similar to Thursday afternoon in New York when Oakland opened a 7-1 lead before its pitching staff was pounded.
Boston answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth on consecutive homers by Pedroia and Ortiz. Pedroia's was his 17th, tying his career high set in 2008 when he won the AL's MVP award. Jacoby Ellsbury tripled and scored in the fifth.
The Red Sox had runners on first and second with one out in the sixth, but Gonzalez got McDonald to pop to second. Brian Fuentes relieved and Ellsbury fouled weakly to third. Boston stranded two more in the seventh.
Oakland ended any likelihood of a comeback by scoring four in the eighth against Matt Albers, opening a 13-4 lead.
Boston grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on Adrian Gonzalez's RBI single before Oakland took the lead with two in the second, coming on RBI singles by David DeJesus and Pennington.
|Scott Sizemore (left) celebrates with teammates after smacking a two-run shot in the fourth inning. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jemile Weeks, 2B||5||3||3||0||1||1||1||.295|
|Coco Crisp, CF||4||1||0||0||1||0||4||.270|
|a- Ryan Sweeney, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.281|
|Hideki Matsui, LF||6||1||1||2||0||0||2||.258|
|Josh Willingham, DH||5||2||2||4||1||1||1||.251|
|Brandon Allen, 1B||6||2||2||1||0||1||1||.286|
|David DeJesus, RF||5||2||2||3||0||0||1||.239|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||4||2||2||1||1||0||1||.236|
|Cliff Pennington, SS||5||0||3||2||0||1||2||.265|
|Eric Sogard, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.189|
|Scott Sizemore, 3B||4||2||1||2||1||0||3||.249|
|a-flied out for Crisp in the 9th|
|2B - Jemile Weeks 2 (17, Wakefield, Albers), Hideki Matsui (22, Wakefield), Josh Willingham (22, McDonald), Brandon Allen 2 (5, Wakefield, Albers), David DeJesus (19, Albers), Cliff Pennington (19, Atchison)|
|HR - Josh Willingham (23, Wakefield), Scott Sizemore (7, Wakefield)|
|RBI - Hideki Matsui 2 (64), Josh Willingham 4 (79), Brandon Allen (13), David DeJesus 3 (39), Kurt Suzuki (35), Cliff Pennington 2 (44), Scott Sizemore 2 (38)|
|2-OUT RBI - Hideki Matsui 2 (24), Josh Willingham 4 (34), Brandon Allen (2), David DeJesus 2 (13), Kurt Suzuki (10), Cliff Pennington (17), Scott Sizemore 2 (16)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Brandon Allen (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Gio Gonzalez (W,11-11)||5.2||7||4||4||3||5||2||3.35|
|Brian Fuentes (H,6)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||4.06|
|Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 105-64, Brian Fuentes 21-13, Grant Balfour 5-3, Craig Breslow 10-9, Jerry Blevins 24-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 7-5, Brian Fuentes 2-1, Craig Breslow 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 27, Brian Fuentes 5, Grant Balfour 1, Craig Breslow 4, Jerry Blevins 6|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||5||2||2||0||0||0||3||.313|
|Marco Scutaro, SS||5||1||1||1||0||1||1||.270|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||5||0||1||1||0||1||1||.347|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||3||1||2||1||2||0||1||.306|
|David Ortiz, DH||4||1||3||1||0||1||1||.305|
|Josh Reddick, RF||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.292|
|Jed Lowrie, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||4||6||.263|
|Mike Aviles, LF||4||0||1||0||1||0||2||.235|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.248|
|Darnell McDonald, RF-P||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.192|
|2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (32, G. Gonzalez), David Ortiz (32, Fuentes), Josh Reddick (12, Blevins)|
|3B - Jacoby Ellsbury (4, G. Gonzalez)|
|HR - Dustin Pedroia (17, G. Gonzalez), David Ortiz (26, G. Gonzalez)|
|RBI - Marco Scutaro (31), Adrian Gonzalez (103), Dustin Pedroia (70), David Ortiz (82), Josh Reddick (26)|
|SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (36, 3rd base off G. Gonzalez/Suzuki), Mike Aviles (13, 2nd base off G. Gonzalez/Suzuki)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|PB - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (17)|
|E - Jed Lowrie (15, Misplayed grounder)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Tim Wakefield (L,6-6)||4||8||8||4||2||3||2||5.10|
|WP - Tim Wakefield (11), Scott Atchison (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 90-61, Scott Atchison 59-38, Matt Albers 32-21, Darnell McDonald 24-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 7-4, Scott Atchison 4-5, Matt Albers 1-1, Darnell McDonald 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 24, Scott Atchison 12, Matt Albers 8, Darnell McDonald 6|
|Attendance - 38239|
|Game Time - 3:36|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Tim McClelland|