Pomeranz, Benintendi lead AL East-leading Bosox past A's 6-2

BOSTON (AP) Drew Pomeranz knew it was likely the last batter he'd face. He figured he had to make one of his best pitches.

Pomeranz threw six innings of one-run ball, finishing by striking out Matt Olson with the bases loaded, and Andrew Benintendi had three hits and drove in three runs to lead the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox past the Oakland Athletics 6-2 on Thursday.

With two outs, a full count and the game tied at 1, Pomeranz got Olson swinging on a high, 92 mph fastball.

''In that big situation, making a big pitch is a huge deal when you can wiggle your way out of a jam'' Pomeranz said. ''He wasn't chasing the curveball. I got 3-2 on him and I gave all that I have left to make one good pitch and he swung. Luckily, he missed it and that's what I wanted.''

The added reward was that his teammates took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the inning, setting him up for the win.

''Another quality start on his part,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ''There was a number of big moments in this game and for Drew himself, probably the last pitch he threw today, the strikeout to Olson, that was going to be his last pitch of the day.''

Pomeranz (16-5) allowed five hits, walking three and striking out five to raise his record to 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last six starts in Fenway Park. He also tied teammate Chris Sale and two others for the AL lead in victories.

Christian Vazquez hit a solo homer and Mitch Moreland added an RBI double for the Red Sox, who have won six of eight. Boston began the day with a three-game lead over the second-place New York Yankees.

Ryon Healy hit a solo homer for the A's, who fell for just the second time in eight games. The loss assured Oakland (64-82) of a losing record for the third straight season.

''We had some opportunities, and we had a couple base running mistakes early in the game that cost us,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said.

Benintendi doubled high off the Green Monster, chasing Daniel Gossett (4-9) and scoring Dustin Pedroia to make it 2-1 in the sixth.

Trailing 1-0, Boston tied it when Vazquez's drive completely left Fenway over the Monster seats leading off the fifth.

The A's had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the inning on Josh Phegley's sacrifice fly.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: OF Khris Davis left the team to be with his girlfriend for the expected birth of their first child.

Red Sox: LHP David Price (left elbow inflammation) was activated off the 10-day disabled list. He had been sidelined since July 28. Farrell said the plan is for him to work out of the bullpen. ... Farrell inserted 2B Pedroia into the DH spot to get him off his troublesome left knee that landed him on the DL for nearly two weeks last month and sat struggling regular DH Hanley Ramirez.

STREAK CONTINUES

Pedroia extended his hitting streak to 27 games against Oakland. During the streak, which started July 14, 2013, he's batting .421.

FIRST IMPRESSION

Gossett gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings in his first career Fenway start.

''It was awesome. Great environment, tons of people. Historic park,'' he said. ''I got to be a part of something special. Not everybody can say that they pitched at Fenway. I got to sign the (Green) Monster, do everything. So that was special.''

RUNNING MISTAKES

The A's had two runners cut down on the bases - Chad Pinder in the third and Mark Canha in the fifth - both on cutoff plays on balls hit to the outfield.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (0-1, 7.07 ERA) is set to make his first career start against Philadelphia on Friday when the A's face RHP Mark Leiter Jr. (3-5, 4.84) and the Phillies.

Red Sox: LHP Sale (16-7, 2.76 ERA) is in line to start against Tampa Bay RHP Matt Andriese (5-3, 4.46) Friday when the Red Sox open their final road trip of the regular season. It's scheduled to be the Rays' first home game since Hurricane Irma hit the area last weekend.

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Red SoxBOS83-63
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  • W: D. Pomeranz (16-5)L: D. Gossett (4-9)
  • HR: OAK - R. Healy (25), BOS - C. Vazquez (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Semien SS40200102.255.341.385.7263.0
C. Pinder RF50100036.236.291.457.748-0.5
J. Lowrie 2B30000232.276.357.445.8010.5
R. Healy DH41211001.269.300.461.7617.0
M. Olson 1B30000112.268.361.624.9850.5
M. Chapman 3B21000211.237.316.483.7992.5
R. Nunez LF20000011.000.200.000.200-0.5
a- M. Joyce PH0000-000.241.341.475.000-
b- F. Barreto PH10000011.200.254.382.636-0.5
B. Powell CF10000001.277.359.393.7520.0
M. Canha LF40300000.230.273.422.6955.0
J. Phegley C10010000.203.257.346.6031.0
c- B. Maxwell C10000112.242.336.347.6840.5
  • a-announced for Nunez in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Joyce in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Phegley in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
X. Bogaerts SS31000002.269.333.396.7294.0
D. Pedroia DH31110010.314.387.419.8063.5
A. Benintendi LF41330000.280.360.443.8039.0
M. Betts RF40000013.260.341.445.786-0.5
M. Moreland 1B40110001.248.330.434.7643.0
C. Vazquez C41111011.295.337.420.7575.5
R. Devers 3B41100010.296.352.500.8522.5
B. Holt 2B21000101.170.282.205.4882.0
J. Bradley CF30100012.257.333.428.7610.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Canha 2 (12)
    • HR - R. Healy (25)
    • SF - J. Phegley
    • RBI - R. Healy (75), J. Phegley (9)
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Pedroia (18), A. Benintendi 2 (25), M. Moreland (31), R. Devers (9)
    • HR - C. Vazquez (5)
    • SF - D. Pedroia (4)
    • RBI - D. Pedroia (58), A. Benintendi 3 (83), M. Moreland (69), C. Vazquez (31)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (29), M. Moreland (21)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - X. Bogaerts (15)
    FIELDING
    • DP - M. Olson, M. Chapman
    • E - M. Chapman (10)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Benintendi 2 (9)
    • DP - A. Benintendi, M. Moreland, R. Devers, X. Bogaerts, B. Holt
    • E - A. Benintendi (5)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Gossett (L, 4-9)5.15331315.021.502.5
    R. Dull0.21000104.621.22-0.5
    S. Moll0.112201018.002.33-2.5
    S. Casilla0.21110004.251.42-2.0
    C. Smith1.00000006.841.423.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Gossett (L, 4-9)5.1
    R. Dull0.2
    S. Moll0.1
    S. Casilla0.2
    C. Smith1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Pomeranz (W, 16-5)6.05113503.281.3521.5
    B. Workman0.00001002.311.09-1.0
    R. Scott (H, 12)0.10000104.011.040.5
    A. Reed (H, 12)0.21001203.141.06-1.0
    J. Kelly1.01111112.881.240.5
    C. Kimbrel1.01001201.480.692.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Pomeranz (W, 16-5)6.0
    B. Workman0.0
    R. Scott (H, 12)0.1
    A. Reed (H, 12)0.2
    J. Kelly1.0
    C. Kimbrel1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - S. Casilla (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Gossett 75-52, R. Dull 9-7, S. Moll 10-5, S. Casilla 12-7, C. Smith 13-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Gossett 5-7, S. Moll 1-0, C. Smith 2-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Gossett 21, R. Dull 3, S. Moll 3, S. Casilla 4, C. Smith 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 111-69, B. Workman 6-2, R. Scott 6-3, A. Reed 23-14, J. Kelly 19-11, C. Kimbrel 23-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 2-8, J. Kelly 2-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 23, B. Workman, R. Scott, A. Reed 4, J. Kelly 5, C. Kimbrel 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    AthleticsOAK64-82
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    Red SoxBOS83-63
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS40200102.255.341.385.7263.0
    C. Pinder RF50100036.236.291.457.748-0.5
    J. Lowrie 2B30000232.276.357.445.8010.5
    R. Healy DH41211001.269.300.461.7617.0
    M. Olson 1B30000112.268.361.624.9850.5
    M. Chapman 3B21000211.237.316.483.7992.5
    R. Nunez LF20000011.000.200.000.200-0.5
    a- M. Joyce PH0000-000.241.341.475.000-
    b- F. Barreto PH10000011.200.254.382.636-0.5
    B. Powell CF10000001.277.359.393.7520.0
    M. Canha LF40300000.230.273.422.6955.0
    J. Phegley C10010000.203.257.346.6031.0
    c- B. Maxwell C10000112.242.336.347.6840.5
    Total31282171119-----
    • a-announced for Nunez in the 7th
    • b-struck out for Joyce in the 7th
    • c-struck out for Phegley in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    X. Bogaerts SS31000002.269.333.396.7294.0
    D. Pedroia DH31110010.314.387.419.8063.5
    A. Benintendi LF41330000.280.360.443.8039.0
    M. Betts RF40000013.260.341.445.786-0.5
    M. Moreland 1B40110001.248.330.434.7643.0
    C. Vazquez C41111011.295.337.420.7575.5
    R. Devers 3B41100010.296.352.500.8522.5
    B. Holt 2B21000101.170.282.205.4882.0
    J. Bradley CF30100012.257.333.428.7610.5
    Total3168611510-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Canha 2 (12)
      • HR - R. Healy (25)
      • SF - J. Phegley
      • RBI - R. Healy (75), J. Phegley (9)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Pedroia (18), A. Benintendi 2 (25), M. Moreland (31), R. Devers (9)
      • HR - C. Vazquez (5)
      • SF - D. Pedroia (4)
      • RBI - D. Pedroia (58), A. Benintendi 3 (83), M. Moreland (69), C. Vazquez (31)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (29), M. Moreland (21)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - X. Bogaerts (15)
      FIELDING
      • DP - M. Olson, M. Chapman
      • E - M. Chapman (10)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Benintendi 2 (9)
      • DP - A. Benintendi, M. Moreland, R. Devers, X. Bogaerts, B. Holt
      • E - A. Benintendi (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Gossett (L, 4-9)5.15331315.021.502.5
      R. Dull0.21000104.621.22-0.5
      S. Moll0.112201018.002.33-2.5
      S. Casilla0.21110004.251.42-2.0
      C. Smith1.00000006.841.423.0
      Total8.0866151---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Gossett (L, 4-9)5.1
      R. Dull0.2
      S. Moll0.1
      S. Casilla0.2
      C. Smith1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Pomeranz (W, 16-5)6.05113503.281.3521.5
      B. Workman0.00001002.311.09-1.0
      R. Scott (H, 12)0.10000104.011.040.5
      A. Reed (H, 12)0.21001203.141.06-1.0
      J. Kelly1.01111112.881.240.5
      C. Kimbrel1.01001201.480.692.0
      Total9.08227111---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Pomeranz (W, 16-5)6.0
      B. Workman0.0
      R. Scott (H, 12)0.1
      A. Reed (H, 12)0.2
      J. Kelly1.0
      C. Kimbrel1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - S. Casilla (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Gossett 75-52, R. Dull 9-7, S. Moll 10-5, S. Casilla 12-7, C. Smith 13-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Gossett 5-7, S. Moll 1-0, C. Smith 2-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Gossett 21, R. Dull 3, S. Moll 3, S. Casilla 4, C. Smith 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 111-69, B. Workman 6-2, R. Scott 6-3, A. Reed 23-14, J. Kelly 19-11, C. Kimbrel 23-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 2-8, J. Kelly 2-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 23, B. Workman, R. Scott, A. Reed 4, J. Kelly 5, C. Kimbrel 5
      • 8TH INNING
        Healy homered to center26
      • 7TH INNING
        Benintendi singled to deep center, Holt and Bogaerts scored16
        Pedroia hit sacrifice fly to center, Devers scored, Holt to third14
      • 6TH INNING
        Moreland doubled to deep left, Benintendi scored13
        Benintendi doubled to deep center, Pedroia scored12
      • 5TH INNING
        Vazquez homered to left11
        Phegley hit sacrifice fly into double play left to third to second to shortstop, Chapman scored, Canha out at third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Joe Kelly
        • M. Canha: Canha singled to deep left
        • B. Maxwell: Ball, Ball, Canha to second on fielder's indifference, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Maxwell walked
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Semien flied out to right
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Lowrie struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joe Kelly relieved Addison Reed
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Lowrie struck out on foul tip
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Healy homered to center
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Olson walked
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Chapman reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Olson out at second
        • B. Powell: Strike looking, Ball, Powell grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Chris Smith relieved Santiago Casilla
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Vazquez grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Devers flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Brandon Workman relieved Drew Pomeranz
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Chapman walked
        • Matt Joyce hit for Renato Nunez
        • Robby Scott relieved Brandon Workman
        • Franklin Barreto hit for Matt Joyce
        • F. Barreto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Barreto struck out swinging
        • Addison Reed relieved Robby Scott
        • M. Canha: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Canha doubled to deep left, Chapman to third
        • Bruce Maxwell hit for Josh Phegley
        • B. Maxwell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Maxwell struck out swinging
        • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien walked
        • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pinder struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Boog Powell in center
        • Sam Moll relieved Ryan Dull
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Devers doubled to deep left
        • B. Holt: Ball, Holt reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Devers to third on 3rd baseman Chapman fielding error
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • Santiago Casilla relieved Sam Moll
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Bogaerts hit by pitch
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pedroia hit sacrifice fly to center, Devers scored, Holt to third
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Bogaerts stole second, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Benintendi singled to deep center, Holt and Bogaerts scored
        • M. Betts: Betts flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Semien singled to right
        • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Pinder grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Semien out at second
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowrie walked
        • R. Healy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Healy singled to left, Lowrie to second
        • M. Olson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Gossett Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Bogaerts flied out to deep center
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pedroia doubled to left center
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Benintendi doubled to deep center, Pedroia scored
        • Ryan Dull relieved Daniel Gossett
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts flied out to left
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Moreland doubled to deep left, Benintendi scored
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Chapman walked
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • M. Canha: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Canha doubled to deep left, Chapman to third
        • J. Phegley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Phegley hit sacrifice fly into double play left to third to second to shortstop, Chapman scored, Canha out at third
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Gossett Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez homered to left
        • R. Devers: Devers lined out to center
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Holt grounded out to third
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bradley grounded out to first
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Lowrie struck out looking
        • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Healy lined out to right
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Olson popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Gossett Pitching:
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pedroia struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi doubled to deep center
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Betts fouled out to first
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Moreland flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Canha flied out to right
        • J. Phegley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Phegley flied out to shallow left
        • M. Semien: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Semien singled to deep left, Semien to second on left fielder Benintendi fielding error
        • C. Pinder: Pinder singled to left, Semien to third, Pinder out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • D. Gossett Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Holt walked
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Bradley singled to center, Holt to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded into double play third to first, Holt out at third, Bradley to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Olson flied out to left
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez popped out to first
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Gossett Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Moreland lined out to right
        • C. Vazquez: Vazquez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien grounded out to second
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Pinder struck out looking
        • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowrie walked
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Healy flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Gossett Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts flied out to right
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pedroia grounded out to third
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi flied out to deep right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)