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Ortiz's hits HR in 10th after A's late rally; BoSox avoid sweep

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- David Ortiz saved his only hit for a key moment for the Boston Red Sox.

Ortiz connected for a leadoff home run in the 10th inning, and the Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 on Sunday to avoid a four-game series sweep.

"I like to go out there and make things happen," Ortiz said. "We've had a good game, had a good series and then we go back to struggles. So hopefully everything changes at some point."

Ortiz was the only Boston starter without a hit until he lined a 1-2 pitch from Fernando Abad (2-3) over the wall in left-center for his 17th home run.

The Red Sox had to go extra innings after letting a 6-1 lead slip away. The A's scored three runs in the eighth, and then homered twice in the ninth against Koji Uehara (3-1). The closer had converted 31 consecutive save opportunities dating to 2013.

"I'm getting hit on day games," Uehara said through an interpreter. "I think it's because I'm old. I'm not woken up."

The Red Sox pulled within 6½ games of first-place Toronto in the AL East. New York and Baltimore are 1½ games back.

Ortiz's home run came four days after the designated hitter belted a tying drive in the 10th inning of a 2-1 victory against Minnesota.

"He does have the knack for the moment," Boston manager John Farrell said. "More than anything he stays at rest or at peace mentally in those key spots and doesn't miss his pitch when he gets it."

Mike Napoli and David Ross also homered for Boston, which had been limited to two runs or fewer in eight consecutive games. Napoli scored another run as part of a double steal, and former A's player Jonny Gomes added a two-run single.

Oakland's late surge negated a strong outing by Boston starter Jon Lester.

Lester, who had a career-high 15 strikeouts against the A's earlier this season, allowed two earned runs and four hits over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two.

The veteran left-hander left after hitting Craig Gentry and walking Jed Lowrie with two outs in the eighth.

Burke Badenhop came in and gave up three consecutive RBI singles to make it 6-4 before Andrew Miller got pinch-hitter Coco Crisp to line out to shortstop.

Uehara, who had the longest successful save streak in the majors, blew a shot at extending his impressive run when he yielded home runs by Stephen Vogt and pinch-hitter John Jaso.

"That's a good example of the kind of grit and determination this team has," said Oakland closer Sean Doolittle, who grounded out to second as a pinch hitter in the 10th. "Night after night it seems like it's only a matter of time before our offense finds a way to come through and push some runs across."

Oakland catcher Derek Norris had to leave the game in the 10th after a frightening situation when he was hit in the back of the head by Gomes' bat on a follow-through swing. Norris immediately dropped to the ground as home plate Greg Gibson quickly called for A's trainers.

Norris was eventually helped to his feet and walked to the dugout. He was taken to a hospital as precaution and was scheduled to undergo a CAT scan.

Boston broke out of its week-long scoring slump and got to Tommy Milone after loading the bases with two outs in the first on two singles and a walk. Gomes' two-run single put the Red Sox up 2-0.

Ross, who hit a home run off Milone earlier this season at Fenway Park, did it again on the first pitch in the second.

Notes

Oakland's last four-game sweep of Boston came in 1971 at Fenway Park. ... Oakland 1B Kyle Blanks left after getting thrown out at home in the second. Blanks has been nursing a calf strain and aggravated it while sliding into home plate. ... With two days off in the next week, the A's plan to skip Sonny Gray's turn in the rotation. Gray, who has yet to pitch a full season in the majors, has already logged a team-leading 99 innings. ... Boston OF Shane Victorino (right hamstring strain) took batting practice with Triple-A Pawtucket but did not play. .. Red Sox RHP John Lackey (8-4) pitches the series opener against Seattle on Monday. ... It was Oakland's eighth sellout of the season.

 
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David Ortiz exults after hitting the go-ahead home run in the 10th after Boston blows a late five-run lead.  (Getty Images)
David Ortiz exults after hitting the go-ahead home run in the 10th after Boston blows a late five-run lead. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Oakland

D. Norris
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Boston

J. Gomes
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brock Holt, RF5110000 .326
Xander Bogaerts, 3B5010002 .264
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5110012 .265
David Ortiz, DH5111012 .248
Mike Napoli, 1B4221110 .268
Jonny Gomes, LF5132010 .238
Jonathan Herrera, SS5011003 .226
David Ross, C4121022 .174
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF4010001 .208
Jon Lester, P0000000 .000
   Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
   Andrew Miller, P0000000 .000
   Koji Uehara, P0000000 .000
Totals42713616  
Batting
3B - Jonathan Herrera (2, Cook)
HR - David Ortiz (17, Abad), Mike Napoli (8, Milone), David Ross (3, Milone)
RBI - David Ortiz (45), Mike Napoli (29), Jonny Gomes 2 (27), Jonathan Herrera (8), David Ross (6)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Napoli (10), Jonny Gomes 2 (8), Jonathan Herrera (4)
SB - Mike Napoli (2, ), Jonathan Herrera (1, 2nd base off Milone/Norris)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Herrera-Pedroia-Napoli, Herrera-Pedroia-Napoli-Herrera-Pedroia-Napoli
E - Xander Bogaerts (11, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jon Lester 7.2432240 3.14
Burke Badenhop 0311000 1.77
Andrew Miller (H,7) 0.1000000 2.67
Koji Uehara (W,3-1; BS,1) 2222012 1.30
HBP - Gentry (by Jon Lester)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 111-65, Burke Badenhop 11-6, Andrew Miller 2-2, Koji Uehara 23-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 8-10, Koji Uehara 3-2
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 29, Burke Badenhop 3, Andrew Miller 1, Koji Uehara 8
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Craig Gentry, CF-RF3100020 .287
   a-John Jaso, PH1111000 .271
   Eric Sogard, 2B0000000 .196
Jed Lowrie, SS4110100 .220
Yoenis Cespedes, LF5111001 .266
Josh Donaldson, DH-3B5011020 .252
Derek Norris, C3111100 .302
   Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
   b-Sean Doolittle, PH1000000 .000
Kyle Blanks, 1B1010000 .309
   Brandon Moss, 1B2010001 .261
   c-Coco Crisp, PH-CF1000002 .282
Alberto Callaspo, 3B-1B4011002 .236
Stephen Vogt, RF-1B-RF-C4111000 .346
Nick Punto, 2B-3B-RF4000012 .230
Tommy Milone, P0000000 .000
   Jim Johnson, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Cook, P0000000 .000
   Dan Otero, P0000000 .000
Totals3869625  
a-homered for Gentry in the 9th
b-grounded out for Abad in the 10th
c-lined out for Moss in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alberto Callaspo (9, Lester)
HR - John Jaso (7, Uehara), Stephen Vogt (2, Uehara)
RBI - John Jaso (24), Yoenis Cespedes (50), Josh Donaldson (56), Derek Norris (35), Alberto Callaspo (24), Stephen Vogt (11)
2-OUT RBI - John Jaso (7), Yoenis Cespedes (16), Josh Donaldson (17), Derek Norris (16)
SB - Craig Gentry 2 (15, 2nd base off Lester/Ross)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Punto-Lowrie-Moss
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Milone 5855132 3.89
Jim Johnson 2100000 5.58
Ryan Cook 1211020 4.58
Dan Otero 1100010 2.15
Fernando Abad (L,2-3) 1111001 2.32
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Milone 95-55, Jim Johnson 22-14, Ryan Cook 19-12, Dan Otero 16-9, Fernando Abad 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Milone 4-8, Jim Johnson 2-3, Ryan Cook 1-0, Dan Otero 2-0, Fernando Abad 2-1
Batters Faced - Tommy Milone 24, Jim Johnson 6, Ryan Cook 5, Dan Otero 4, Fernando Abad 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36067
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Quinn Wolcott