Olson hits 2-run homer, A's beat Red Sox 7-3

BOSTON (AP) Doug Fister's rough start was too much for the Boston Red Sox to overcome this time.

Matt Olson hit a two-run homer, Jed Lowrie drove in two runs and the Oakland Athletics rebounded for a 7-3 victory over the AL East leaders to win for the sixth time in seven games Wednesday night.

The loss trimmed Boston's cushion in the division to three games over the New York Yankees, who beat Tampa Bay 3-2.

For the fifth straight outing, Fister (5-8) got off to a slow start in the first inning. Keyed by Olson's homer, last-place Oakland grabbed a 4-0 lead in the first.

''Well, there's not a whole lot to be said,'' said Fister, who gave up six runs in four innings. ''If you kind of sum it up into a couple of words, it's just not enough.''

Oakland, which owns the majors' worst road record (22-48), snapped an eight-game losing streak away from home. The A's had dropped their last seven at Fenway Park.

Fister was 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his previous four starts, allowing all his runs in the first.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said the club might readdress Fister's pregame routine.

''He warms up earlier than most guys and then there's a little bit of a gap of time between the end of his warmups and the first pitch,'' Farrell said. ''To me that's the only common thread that I can see here - maybe that little bit of an expanded time frame forces him to go out and re-establish his release point.''

Dustin Pedroia had three singles for Boston to extend his hitting streak against the A's to 26 games. The Red Sox had won five of six overall.

Jharel Cotton (8-10) picked up the win, allowing three runs in five innings. He entered 1-7 with an 8.00 ERA in night games.

''You look at the boxscore and it doesn't tell you how he battled and had to make some big pitches with the lead,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said.

Five relievers held Boston scoreless the rest of the way.

A night after getting routed 11-1 by the Red Sox, Oakland built a 6-1 lead by scoring four in the first and two in the third.

Lowrie had an RBI triple and Khris Davis a run-scoring single in the first before Olson hit his homer into the A's bullpen.

''Scoring those four runs helped,'' Cotton said.

Boston scored a run in the first on Mookie Betts' RBI grounder and one in the third on Andrew Benintendi's RBI double.

SIGN OF THE TIMES

A few fans seated above the Green Monster unfurled a sign denouncing racism during the fourth inning. The sign, draped over the middle of the 37-foot wall, had a black background with white letters that read: ''Racism is as American as Baseball.'' It was up for about one batter and umpires asked that it be removed because it was in fair territory. There was a smattering of boos from the crowd as Red Sox security forced the fans to put away the sign and led them away from their seats. A team spokesman said four people were escorted from the ballpark and one of them said they were inspired by Black Lives Matter.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP David Price (left elbow inflammation) threw his second simulated game. ''He's in the process of building up arm strength,'' Farrell said. ''I thought he threw with good velocity.'' Price, who has seldom spoken to the media while working his way back, said: ''I don't know how many more times I have to do a live BP, but if I come tomorrow and feel fine, I don't know what else I have to do.''

THINKING OF HOME

Cotton, who grew up on St. Thomas of the United States Virgin Islands, had a message on his cap that read: ''VIBVI Strong'' to remind people of the help needed after Hurricane Irma hit the area.

''I put it on this start just because I wanted to get it out there,'' he said. ''I've been doing the fundraising and stuff like that to show that I represent the British and U.S. Virgin Islands.''

PAPI'S POSITION

The Red Sox announced they have reached a long-term agreement with retired slugger David Ortiz that ''should link him with the organization forever.''

Ortiz is expected to act as a mentor for current players, help recruit players, make appearances and help develop business for Fenway Sports Management and its partners.

''He got his long-term deal,'' Farrell joked before adding: ''His place in this organization speaks for itself. I'm glad he's going to be here. I hope to be able to include him in some player aspects going forward.''

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Daniel Gossett (4-8, 5.02 ERA) starts the series finale Thursday afternoon.

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (15-5, 3.35) is up for Boston. He's won eight of his last nine decisions.

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AthleticsOAK64-81
402001000780
Red SoxBOS82-63
101010000390
  • W: J. Cotton (8-10)L: D. Fister (5-8)
  • HR: OAK - M. Olson (18), BOS - J. Bradley (16)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Semien SS51100000.252.337.383.7202.0
M. Joyce LF41100011.241.341.475.8161.5
J. Lowrie 2B42320010.277.356.447.8049.5
K. Davis DH41110012.240.331.519.8502.5
M. Olson 1B21121100.273.364.6361.0009.0
C. Pinder RF41010012.237.292.462.7551.5
B. Maxwell C40110021.243.335.349.6842.0
M. Chapman 3B40000021.239.313.487.800-1.0
B. Powell CF40000011.279.362.396.759-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    X. Bogaerts SS41100112.270.333.398.7322.5
    D. Pedroia 2B41300011.313.388.417.8053.5
    A. Benintendi LF40210003.276.357.436.7945.0
    M. Betts RF30010101.262.344.448.7912.0
    M. Moreland 1B40100004.248.331.433.7642.0
    H. Ramirez DH40000011.238.320.423.743-0.5
    R. Devers 3B40100001.297.355.500.8551.0
    S. Leon C30000111.221.284.345.6290.5
    J. Bradley CF41111012.256.333.428.7625.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Lowrie (45), B. Maxwell (11)
      • 3B - J. Lowrie (3)
      • HR - M. Olson (18)
      • RBI - J. Lowrie 2 (55), K. Davis (102), M. Olson 2 (36), C. Pinder (39), B. Maxwell (21)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Benintendi 2 (23), M. Moreland (30)
      • HR - J. Bradley (16)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi (80), M. Betts (88), J. Bradley (59)
      FIELDING
      • DP - B. Maxwell, M. Olson, M. Semien, J. Lowrie
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Cotton (W, 8-10)5.06332315.811.4812.5
      L. Hendriks1.01000004.681.352.0
      D. Coulombe0.10001003.721.26-1.0
      R. Dull0.21000004.711.21-1.0
      C. Hatcher1.00000004.211.323.0
      B. Treinen1.01000204.391.393.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Fister (L, 5-8)4.06661414.401.30-4.0
      F. Abad1.00110102.831.142.5
      H. Hembree1.01000103.551.462.5
      M. Barnes1.01000103.841.252.5
      B. Boyer2.00000203.961.437.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Fister (L, 5-8)4.0
      F. Abad1.0
      H. Hembree1.0
      M. Barnes1.0
      B. Boyer2.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Treinen (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Cotton 80-47, L. Hendriks 15-10, D. Coulombe 13-8, R. Dull 10-7, C. Hatcher 16-9, B. Treinen 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Cotton 5-5, L. Hendriks 1-2, D. Coulombe 1-0, R. Dull 1-1, C. Hatcher 1-2, B. Treinen 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Cotton 21, L. Hendriks 4, D. Coulombe 2, R. Dull 3, C. Hatcher 3, B. Treinen 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - H. Hembree (2)
      • IBB - D. Fister (3)
      • HBP - F. Abad
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 84-57, F. Abad 17-12, H. Hembree 17-10, M. Barnes 22-15, B. Boyer 27-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 7-1, F. Abad 2-0, H. Hembree 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Fister 19, F. Abad 4, H. Hembree 4, M. Barnes 4, B. Boyer 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      AthleticsOAK64-81
      402001000780
      Red SoxBOS82-63
      101010000390
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Semien SS51100000.252.337.383.7202.0
      M. Joyce LF41100011.241.341.475.8161.5
      J. Lowrie 2B42320010.277.356.447.8049.5
      K. Davis DH41110012.240.331.519.8502.5
      M. Olson 1B21121100.273.364.6361.0009.0
      C. Pinder RF41010012.237.292.462.7551.5
      B. Maxwell C40110021.243.335.349.6842.0
      M. Chapman 3B40000021.239.313.487.800-1.0
      B. Powell CF40000011.279.362.396.759-0.5
      Total357871198-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        X. Bogaerts SS41100112.270.333.398.7322.5
        D. Pedroia 2B41300011.313.388.417.8053.5
        A. Benintendi LF40210003.276.357.436.7945.0
        M. Betts RF30010101.262.344.448.7912.0
        M. Moreland 1B40100004.248.331.433.7642.0
        H. Ramirez DH40000011.238.320.423.743-0.5
        R. Devers 3B40100001.297.355.500.8551.0
        S. Leon C30000111.221.284.345.6290.5
        J. Bradley CF41111012.256.333.428.7625.5
        Total3439313516-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Lowrie (45), B. Maxwell (11)
          • 3B - J. Lowrie (3)
          • HR - M. Olson (18)
          • RBI - J. Lowrie 2 (55), K. Davis (102), M. Olson 2 (36), C. Pinder (39), B. Maxwell (21)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Benintendi 2 (23), M. Moreland (30)
          • HR - J. Bradley (16)
          • RBI - A. Benintendi (80), M. Betts (88), J. Bradley (59)
          FIELDING
          • DP - B. Maxwell, M. Olson, M. Semien, J. Lowrie
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Cotton (W, 8-10)5.06332315.811.4812.5
          L. Hendriks1.01000004.681.352.0
          D. Coulombe0.10001003.721.26-1.0
          R. Dull0.21000004.711.21-1.0
          C. Hatcher1.00000004.211.323.0
          B. Treinen1.01000204.391.393.0
          Total9.0933351---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Cotton (W, 8-10)5.0
          L. Hendriks1.0
          D. Coulombe0.1
          R. Dull0.2
          C. Hatcher1.0
          B. Treinen1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Fister (L, 5-8)4.06661414.401.30-4.0
          F. Abad1.00110102.831.142.5
          H. Hembree1.01000103.551.462.5
          M. Barnes1.01000103.841.252.5
          B. Boyer2.00000203.961.437.0
          Total9.0877191---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Fister (L, 5-8)4.0
          F. Abad1.0
          H. Hembree1.0
          M. Barnes1.0
          B. Boyer2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - B. Treinen (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Cotton 80-47, L. Hendriks 15-10, D. Coulombe 13-8, R. Dull 10-7, C. Hatcher 16-9, B. Treinen 12-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Cotton 5-5, L. Hendriks 1-2, D. Coulombe 1-0, R. Dull 1-1, C. Hatcher 1-2, B. Treinen 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Cotton 21, L. Hendriks 4, D. Coulombe 2, R. Dull 3, C. Hatcher 3, B. Treinen 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - H. Hembree (2)
          • IBB - D. Fister (3)
          • HBP - F. Abad
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 84-57, F. Abad 17-12, H. Hembree 17-10, M. Barnes 22-15, B. Boyer 27-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 7-1, F. Abad 2-0, H. Hembree 1-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Fister 19, F. Abad 4, H. Hembree 4, M. Barnes 4, B. Boyer 6
          • 6TH INNING
            Maxwell doubled to deep right, Pinder scored73
          • 5TH INNING
            Bradley homered to right center63
          • 3RD INNING
            Benintendi doubled to deep center, Bogaerts scored, Pedroia to third62
            Pinder reached on fielder's choice to second, Lowrie scored, Olson out at second61
            Lowrie doubled to left center, Joyce scored51
          • 1ST INNING
            Betts grounded out to third, Pedroia scored41
            Olson homered to center, Davis scored40
            Davis singled to shallow right center, Lowrie scored20
            Lowrie tripled to deep right, Semien scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • B. Boyer Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Chapman fouled out to first
            • B. Powell: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Powell flied out to left
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Semien lined out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Blake Treinen relieved Chris Hatcher
            • R. Devers: Devers singled to right
            • S. Leon: Ball, Devers to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Ball, Bradley grounded out to second, Devers to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Blaine Boyer relieved Matt Barnes
            • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Olson flied out to deep left
            • C. Pinder: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
            • B. Maxwell: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maxwell struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chris Hatcher relieved Ryan Dull
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Betts fouled out to catcher
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Moreland grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez lined out to right
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Matt Barnes relieved Heath Hembree
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Semien flied out to right
            • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Joyce flied out to right
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Lowrie singled to shallow left
            • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Davis struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Daniel Coulombe relieved Liam Hendriks
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Leon walked
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley reached on fielder's choice to second, Leon out at second
            • Ryan Dull relieved Daniel Coulombe
            • X. Bogaerts: Pickoff attempt, Bogaerts flied out to center
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pedroia singled to center, Bradley to second
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • F. Abad Pitching:
            • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Olson hit by pitch
            • Heath Hembree relieved Fernando Abad
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Pinder reached on fielder's choice to third, Olson out at second
            • B. Maxwell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Maxwell doubled to deep right, Pinder scored
            • M. Chapman: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Maxwell to third on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
            • B. Powell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Powell flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Liam Hendriks relieved Jharel Cotton
            • M. Betts: Betts fouled out to first
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moreland doubled to deep center
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez lined out to center
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Devers grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Fernando Abad relieved Doug Fister
            • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Joyce grounded out to second
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Lowrie struck out looking
            • K. Davis: Foul, Ball, Davis grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Cotton Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Bradley homered to right center
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts walked
            • D. Pedroia: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pedroia struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bogaerts out at second
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
            • B. Powell: Strike looking, Powell grounded out to second
            • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Semien lined out to left
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Cotton Pitching:
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Devers grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Leon: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Leon popped out to third
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • M. Joyce: Strike swinging, Joyce singled to center
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Lowrie doubled to left center, Joyce scored
            • K. Davis: Ball, Foul, Davis grounded out to second, Lowrie to third
            • M. Olson: Olson intentionally walked
            • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Pinder reached on fielder's choice to second, Lowrie scored, Olson out at second
            • B. Maxwell: Strike looking, Maxwell grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Cotton Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts singled to shallow right
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pedroia singled to right, Bogaerts to third
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Benintendi doubled to deep center, Bogaerts scored, Pedroia to third
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts walked
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moreland grounded into double play first to catcher, Pedroia out at home
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Chapman grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Powell: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Powell struck out looking
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Semien grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Cotton Pitching:
            • H. Ramirez: Ramirez popped out to first
            • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Devers popped out to first
            • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Leon lined out to pitcher
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Semien singled to right
            • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Joyce struck out looking
            • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Lowrie tripled to deep right, Semien scored
            • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis singled to shallow right center, Lowrie scored
            • M. Olson: Strike swinging, Olson homered to center, Davis scored
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pinder grounded out to second
            • B. Maxwell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Maxwell struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Cotton Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Pedroia reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Benintendi doubled to deep right, Pedroia to third
            • M. Betts: Betts grounded out to third, Pedroia scored
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland fouled out to catcher
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)