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Crisp's single in 8th lifts A's past Red Sox

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Coco Crisp says it is too early to declare the Athletics the best team in baseball, even though their record says otherwise.

Oakland's veteran center fielder has been around far too long to make that declaration, not with more than four months left to play.

Crisp drove in Kyle Blanks with a two-out single in the eighth inning and the A's beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Friday night.

"You just have to go by the record, and as of right now we have the best record," Crisp said. "We'll see what happens. It's a long season. I'm not saying that we are or are not the best team in baseball. That's a tough question to answer."

Oakland's sixth win in seven games moved the AL West-division leaders a season-high 18 games over .500. The A's have had the best record in the AL since the end of May and have won six of their last seven series.

Crisp entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and struck out against reliever Burke Badenhop. He came up in the eighth with two runners on after a bit of wildness from Boston reliever Andrew Miller.

Miller (2-5) hit Blanks and Alberto Callaspo with back-to-back pitches with one out. After Nick Punto struck out looking, Crisp lined a 2-2 pitch to right and Blanks easily scored ahead of the throw from Brock Holt.

"He's come through so many times (that) to an extent you almost expect it," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "It always feels great when he's at the plate."

Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth for his 10th save. The A's closer also extended his scoreless streak to 23 1/3 innings, the longest active mark in the AL.

Josh Donaldson hit a three-run home run, his first in two weeks.

Oakland only managed two hits off Boston starter Felix Doubront and had stranded eight runners before Crisp delivered the game-winner.

Fernando Abad (2-2) pitched one inning for the win.

The A's have won the first two of this series after dropping two of three to the Red Sox at Fenway Park last month.

Both teams squandered multiple scoring opportunities.

The Red Sox left two on in the fourth and failed to score after loading the bases in the fifth. The A's had two on in the third, fourth and seventh but stranded them each time.

Six of Boston's last seven games have been decided by one run. The Red Sox are 3-3 in those games.

"One run shy again," outfielder Jonny Gomes said. "We're right there. We just got to find a way to capitalize and get one more run than that."

Oakland starter Brad Mills struck out the side in the first before Boston loaded the bases with one out in the second following an error by Oakland second baseman Punto. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run single to drive in Mike Napoli and Gomes.

It could have been worse.

A's center fielder Craig Gentry made a diving catch on Holt's sinking liner, then threw to second to double off Stephen Drew.

Boston tied it on David Ortiz's RBI single in the third.

Mills, acquired in a trade from Milwaukee earlier in the week, had not pitched in the majors since 2012. He walked four and struck out four before leaving after pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth.

Donaldson's three-run homer off Doubront in the first was his first since June 6.

Doubront didn't allow another hit after that but left without a decision. He struck out four and walked four over 4 2-3 innings.

Notes

Oakland C Derek Norris left the game in the sixth after getting hit by a foul tip on his left forearm during Holt's at-bat. ... Craig Gentry reached base in the third inning after getting hit by a pitch. The play had to be reviewed by the umpires before being upheld. ... RHP Clay Buchholz (hyperextended knee) rejoined the big league club after making his second rehab appearance. Manager John Farrell has not set a date for Buchholz to return to the rotation, but it seems likely he'll start Wednesday in Seattle. ... Oakland optioned RHP Evan Scribner to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for Mills. ... RHP Jesse Chavez (6-4), who was pushed back a day in the rotation to make room for Mills, pitches on Saturday. ... Boston RHP Rubby De La Rosa (2-2) makes his first career start against the A's.

 
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Coco Crisp knocks home the winning run with an eighth-inning single as the A's get past the Red Sox.  (USATSI)
Coco Crisp knocks home the winning run with an eighth-inning single as the A's get past the Red Sox. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Oakland

J. Donaldson
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Boston

J. Bradley
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brock Holt, RF4000022 .319
Xander Bogaerts, 3B4100132 .265
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3010110 .267
David Ortiz, DH4021011 .249
Mike Napoli, 1B4120012 .267
A.J. Pierzynski, C3000024 .263
Jonny Gomes, LF2100201 .227
Stephen Drew, SS4000013 .176
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF3012110 .207
Felix Doubront, P0000000 .000
   Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
   Andrew Miller, P0000000 .000
   Junichi Tazawa, P0000000 .000
Totals31363512  
Batting
RBI - David Ortiz (44), Jackie Bradley Jr. 2 (24)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Xander Bogaerts (10, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felix Doubront 4.2233441 5.19
Burke Badenhop 2300020 1.55
Andrew Miller (L,2-5) 1111020 2.70
Junichi Tazawa 0.1000000 2.30
HBP - Gentry (by Felix Doubront), Blanks (by Andrew Miller)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Doubront 90-49, Burke Badenhop 36-27, Andrew Miller 24-13, Junichi Tazawa 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Doubront 2-9, Burke Badenhop 2-2
Batters Faced - Felix Doubront 22, Burke Badenhop 9, Andrew Miller 6, Junichi Tazawa 1
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Craig Gentry, CF2010002 .288
   a-Coco Crisp, PH-CF2011010 .285
Jed Lowrie, SS5110004 .223
Yoenis Cespedes, LF2110210 .267
Josh Donaldson, 3B3113103 .255
Derek Norris, C3000013 .301
   Stephen Vogt, C1000002 .333
Brandon Moss, RF4000020 .259
Kyle Blanks, 1B3110010 .296
Alberto Callaspo, DH3000001 .238
Nick Punto, 2B3000123 .240
Brad Mills, P0000000 .000
   Jim Johnson, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Cook, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
   Sean Doolittle, P0000000 .000
Totals3146448  
a-struck out for Gentry in the 7th
Batting
HR - Josh Donaldson (18, Doubront)
RBI - Coco Crisp (24), Josh Donaldson 3 (55)
2-OUT RBI - Coco Crisp (12)
SB - Craig Gentry (13, 2nd base off Doubront/Pierzynski), Josh Donaldson (2, 2nd base off Miller/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Craig Gentry 1
DP - Gentry-Lowrie, Gentry-Lowrie-Punto-Lowrie-Blanks, Gentry-Lowrie-Punto-Lowrie-Blanks-Donaldson-Punto-Blanks
E - Nick Punto (5, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brad Mills 4432440 4.50
Jim Johnson 1200120 5.97
Ryan Cook 2000030 4.34
Fernando Abad (W,2-2) 1000010 2.10
Sean Doolittle (S,10) 1000020 2.06
HBP - Holt (by Brad Mills), Pierzynski (by Fernando Abad)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Mills 94-53, Jim Johnson 23-15, Ryan Cook 24-19, Fernando Abad 8-5, Sean Doolittle 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Mills 5-2, Jim Johnson 1-0, Ryan Cook 2-1, Fernando Abad 1-0
Batters Faced - Brad Mills 20, Jim Johnson 6, Ryan Cook 6, Fernando Abad 3, Sean Doolittle 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28602
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Quinn Wolcott, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi