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Parker stops BoSox for first MLB victory

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BOSTON -- As hard as he tried, Jarrod Parker couldn't quite stop a grin from coming to his face in Oakland's locker room.

He was entitled to a little emotion after keeping his composure while shutting down Boston's resurgent offense and picking up his first major-league victory when the Oakland Athletics beat the Red Sox 5-3 on Tuesday night.

"It's pretty cool," Parker said between grins. "I don't think it will set in until maybe tomorrow or when I'm fielding phone calls later tonight."

The 23-year-old right-hander scattered four hits over 6 2/3 innings, holding Boston to a run one night after the Red Sox racked up 11 runs on 11 hits off Oakland pitchers.

The few times Parker got in trouble, he quickly got himself out of the threat before it could get worse as the A's evened the three-game series on a frigid night at Fenway Park.

"As long as he throws the ball over the plate with his stuff, he's going to have some success," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "I don't want to say you worry, but you really want to see how a young pitcher like that handles his first time at Fenway Park and he handled it beautifully."

Jemile Weeks ended on 0-for-12 slump with a leadoff single and finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored for the A's, who ended a three-game losing streak.

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Oakland scored the first five runs and provided plenty of security for Parker (1-0), who was making only his third start in the majors.

Parker was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento last Wednesday and got a no-decision against Chicago that night. Parker struck out four, walked two and hit a batter before getting pulled in the seventh inning.

Parker said he just followed catcher Kurt Suzuki's lead and didn't try anything fancy.

"I don't think we threw more than five or six breaking balls. Just going at guys moving the ball in and out was effective tonight," Parker said.

Boston starter Felix Doubront (1-1) wasn't nearly as effective. The left-hander threw 30 pitches in the first inning alone and struggled through four innings. He struck out eight, but also allowed six hits, walked two and threw two wild pitches while allowing five runs.

"He's been the master of the one-ball, two-strike count and tonight he was behind virtually ever hitter," Boston manager Bobby Valentine said.

The Red Sox had only four hits until Cody Ross led off the ninth with a double to left off Grant Balfour. Marlon Byrd singled with one out, Punto walked to load the bases for Mike Aviles, who lined a single to center and cut Oakland's lead to 5-3.

"We're down 5-1. It's very easy to fold, get three quick outs and take it to the house," Aviles said. "It's cold weather, nasty weather, but I think it just shows a lot about the team. We came back and we tried to give it a little fight."

Jordan Norberto came in for Oakland and got the save, striking out Lars Anderson and getting Dustin Pedroia to ground out to second. It was Norberto's first save in the majors, leaving the A's in a bit of a quandary deciding whether the reliever or starter would get the game ball.

"I don't know who has the ball," Parker said. "We might have to cut it in half."

David Ortiz, who was hitting .543 at home, went 0-for-4 and saw his average drop from .405 to .386.

Pedroia was the only player to score on Parker. He led off the fourth with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and came home on back-to-back fielder's choices to cut Oakland's lead to 5-1.

Parker started to struggle in the seventh when Ross led off with a double down the left field line and Punto drew a two-out walk. Parker was pulled for reliever Brian Fuentes, who got out of the jam on a nice defensive play by third baseman Brandon Inge, picked up by Oakland on Monday. Mike Aviles hit a sharp grounder, which Inge lunged to get then scrambled to his feet in time to dive in front of the bag and tag out Ross.

"He does that all the time. When you're around him you see him a lot, he kind of spoils you with things like that," Melvin said. "Certainly at that point in time of the game it was big."

The A's got to Doubront for four runs in the fourth. Suzuki singled with one out, Kila Ka'aihue walked and Cliff Pennington drove in Suzuki with a double. Weeks followed with a long single that scored Ka'aihue and Pennington. Weeks took second when the throw to the plate wasn't in time to catch Pennington, stole third and trotted home on a wild pitch to put the A's up 5-0.

Oakland stole third base four times.


  • A cold, steady rain fell throughout the day in Boston and the Fenway Park organist was playing Let the Sun Shine In about an hour before gametime as the rain continued to fall on the tarp covering the infield.
  • Because of the rain, neither team took batting practice.
  • Melvin said he thought Weeks' offensive struggles may have contributed to his defensive play, including a costly error in Boston's 11-6 victory Monday night. "When you're not playing and swinging the bat to your ability sometimes you go out there and that frustration just comes out there with you in the field."
  • Melvin put Ka'aihue at first base so he could face the left-handed Doubront.
  • Boston recalled SS Jose Iglesias and sent RHP Junichi Tazawa to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier Tuesday.
  • 3B Kevin Youkilis was scratched from the lineup for the third consecutive game with stiffness in his back.
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Oakland's Jarrod Parker allows one run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings to defeat the Red Sox and earn his first MLB victory.  (Getty Images)
Oakland's Jarrod Parker allows one run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings to defeat the Red Sox and earn his first MLB victory. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

J. Weeks
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0

C. Ross
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Oakland Athletics
Jemile Weeks, 2B5222013 .192
Brandon Inge, 3B5000012 .107
Josh Reddick, RF4010131 .276
Yoenis Cespedes, CF4011011 .250
Jonny Gomes, LF4000033 .195
Kurt Suzuki, C4110012 .229
Kila Ka'aihue, 1B3120110 .313
Anthony Recker, DH4010033 .267
Cliff Pennington, SS4121003 .213
2B - Josh Reddick (8, Hill), Kila Ka'aihue (3, Doubront), Cliff Pennington (6, Doubront)
RBI - Jemile Weeks 2 (5), Yoenis Cespedes (20), Cliff Pennington (4)
2-OUT RBI - Jemile Weeks 2 (4), Cliff Pennington (3)
SB - Jemile Weeks (5, 3rd base off Doubront/Saltalamacchia), Josh Reddick (3, 3rd base off Doubront/Saltalamacchia), Kila Ka'aihue (1, 3rd base off Doubront/Saltalamacchia), Cliff Pennington (4, 3rd base off Albers/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 7
Oakland Athletics
Jarrod Parker (W,1-0) 6.2411240 1.38
Brian Fuentes (H,2) 0.1000000 4.00
Ryan Cook 1000120 0.00
Grant Balfour 0.1322110 4.73
Jordan Norberto (S,1) 0.2000010 4.91
HBP - Sweeney (by Jarrod Parker)
WP - Jarrod Parker (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Parker 98-59, Brian Fuentes 6-5, Ryan Cook 18-9, Grant Balfour 29-16, Jordan Norberto 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Parker 7-9, Brian Fuentes 1-0, Ryan Cook 1-0, Jordan Norberto 1-0
Batters Faced - Jarrod Parker 27, Brian Fuentes 1, Ryan Cook 4, Grant Balfour 5, Jordan Norberto 2
Boston Red Sox
Mike Aviles, SS5012014 .286
Ryan Sweeney, RF2000002 .362
   a- Darnell McDonald, PH0000000 .205
   b- Lars Anderson, PH-LF2000022 .125
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5110013 .296
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3000102 .261
David Ortiz, DH4001011 .386
Cody Ross, LF-RF4130000 .282
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4010023 .241
Marlon Byrd, CF4110013 .182
Nick Punto, 3B1000300 .174
a-announced for Sweeney in the 8th
b-struck out for McDonald in the 8th
2B - Cody Ross 2 (5, Parker, Balfour)
RBI - Mike Aviles 2 (19), David Ortiz (21)
Team LOB - 9
Boston Red Sox
Felix Doubront (L,1-1) 4655280 5.19
Scott Atchison 2200010 1.88
Rich Hill 1.2100030 3.86
Matt Albers 1.1100020 1.93
WP - Felix Doubront 2 (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Doubront 94-58, Scott Atchison 36-21, Rich Hill 23-17, Matt Albers 23-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Atchison 3-2, Matt Albers 2-0
Batters Faced - Felix Doubront 20, Scott Atchison 8, Rich Hill 6, Matt Albers 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37225
Game Time - 3:31
Temperature - 46
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Manny Gonzalez, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi