Red Sox avoid sweep with 6-4 win over A's

BOSTON (AP) Xander Bogaerts loves watching from the on-deck circle and learning what J.D. Martinez does at the plate.

Bogaerts' start this season has been quite impressive, too.

The Red Sox shortstop hit a three-run homer, Martinez added a two-run shot and Boston avoided its first series sweep this season with a 6-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.

''It's pretty impressive what he does when you're behind looking at him,'' Bogaerts said. ''Normally I'm a guy who gets to the on-deck circle a little bit later. I've got to get there early if he swings at the first pitch and gets a hit. He hits some bombs on the first pitch.''

Signed as free agent to a $110-million, five-year contract during spring training, Martinez is hitting mainly in the cleanup spot and has a .344 average with 12 homers and 36 RBIs. Bogaerts, who spent some time on the disabled list with an injured left ankle, is batting .306 with five homers and 21 RBIs.

Chris Sale (4-1) gave up just two runs and two hits in five innings, striking out nine and walking four - his most bases on balls since also allowing four on August 31, 2016.

''Four walks, that's not my game,'' Sale said. ''That's not who I am. Obviously, you want to be better than that. Anytime your bullpen throws almost as many innings as you do, that's not what you're looking for.''

Craig Kimbrel, the fourth reliever, got the final three outs for his 12th save.

The win also prevented Boston from matching its season-high losing streak of three games.

Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer, and Matt Joyce and Matt Olson each hit a solo shot for the Athletics, who won the first two games and finished the season series by winning four of six.

Trevor Cahill (1-2) gave up three runs to the first four batters he faced, but held the Red Sox scoreless the rest his five innings.

''Had a rough first inning, but recovered well enough to give us five and keep us in the game against a guy that typically you're not going to score a whole lot off of,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.

Coming off a career high-tying 15-strikeout performance over nine innings in his previous start, Sale struggled with his command on a chilly, misty evening and was lifted after 102 pitches.

Martinez's homer into the center-field seats highlighted a three-run first. Hanley Ramirez had a run-scoring grounder before Martinez's drive into the first section of the bleachers to the right of the Green Monster.

''I wouldn't say I wasn't sharp, but, yeah, the first was rough, but after that you just kind of mix it around,'' Cahill said.

Bogaerts' homer completely left Fenway Park over the Monster and made it 6-2 in the sixth.

Semien's drive also left Fenway over the Monster.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: Cahill (right shoulder impingement) was reinstated from the 10-day DL before the game and outfielder Jake Smolinski was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. ''When you don't play for an extended period of time, get some at-bats, you don't feel comfortable,'' Melvin said.

Red Sox: Second baseman Dustin Pedroia (recovering from offseason left knee surgery) is expected to resume his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday. With the PawSox rained out Tuesday and a morning game Wednesday, Pedroia was in Boston. Manager Alex Cora said they'd find somewhere for him to play if expected rain comes this weekend. ''He needs his repetitions,'' Cora said. ''We'll find innings.''

ROAD WOES

Cahill hasn't picked up a win on the road - start or relief - since a victory at Colorado on August 20, 2016, a span of 24 games.

WHAT A CATCH

A's right fielder Stephen Piscotty made a running catch before tumbling headfirst over a short wall down the line. The play was overturned after replay review.

''I felt like I had a good jump on it, I could get there, it was just a matter of figuring out that wall,'' he said. ''I haven't played here much. I kind of got lucky, honestly, sort of threw my glove up there and was able to not get hurt and make the catch.''

QUICK START

Boston third baseman Rafael Devers played in his 100th major league game before his 22nd birthday, only one of three Red Sox players to do that in the last 50 years. The others are: Bogaerts and former right fielder Dwight Evans.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Andrew Triggs (3-1, 5.31 ERA) is slated to start the opener of a four-game series on Thursday in Toronto.

Red Sox: LHP David Price (3-4, 4.89) is line to pitch Thursday's opener of a four-game series against Baltimore. The game is a makeup from the Patriots' Day rainout.

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123456789RHE
OAK21-22
000020101451
BOS29-14
30000300X690
  • W: C. Sale (4-1)L: T. Cahill (1-2)S: C. Kimbrel (12)
  • HR: OAK - M. Joyce (5), M. Semien (4), M. Olson (6), BOS - J. Martinez (12), X. Bogaerts (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Semien SS41221010.276.325.395.7207.5
M. Canha CF40000021.260.313.490.803-1.0
J. Lowrie 2B20000210.325.385.550.9351.5
K. Davis DH30000113.214.291.476.7670.5
M. Chapman 3B40000034.231.326.429.755-1.5
M. Olson 1B41211011.238.327.404.7316.5
S. Piscotty RF40000022.240.296.372.668-1.0
C. Pinder LF01000200.265.333.456.7893.0
a- M. Joyce PH-LF21111000.207.355.405.7606.0
J. Lucroy C40000022.284.352.379.731-1.0
  • a-homered for Pinder in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF41200002.353.428.7331.1612.0
A. Benintendi CF41200010.272.354.443.7972.5
H. Ramirez DH41110002.281.341.444.7863.0
J. Martinez LF32121101.344.395.6441.0399.0
X. Bogaerts SS41131011.306.339.550.8897.5
M. Moreland 1B30000130.319.398.6061.005-0.5
E. Nunez 2B40100011.233.256.353.6100.5
R. Devers 3B30000001.245.286.423.7090.0
C. Vazquez C30100000.179.227.214.4411.0
    BATTING
    • HR - M. Semien (4), M. Olson (6), M. Joyce (5)
    • RBI - M. Semien 2 (20), M. Olson (16), M. Joyce (7)
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Martinez (12), X. Bogaerts (5)
    • RBI - H. Ramirez (29), J. Martinez 2 (36), X. Bogaerts 3 (21)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - M. Betts (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - C. Pinder
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Bogaerts-Nunez-Moreland)
    • PB - C. Vazquez (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Cahill (L, 1-2)5.05331112.791.001.5
    R. Dull1.04331115.791.61-4.5
    C. Hatcher1.00000105.931.983.5
    D. Coulombe1.00000305.401.334.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Cahill (L, 1-2)5.0
    R. Dull1.0
    C. Hatcher1.0
    D. Coulombe1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sale (W, 4-1)5.02224912.290.9218.5
    M. Barnes (H, 10)1.01000202.891.183.0
    H. Hembree1.01110115.311.521.5
    J. Kelly (H, 5)1.00001002.210.932.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 12)1.01110112.450.768.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sale (W, 4-1)5.0
    M. Barnes (H, 10)1.0
    H. Hembree1.0
    J. Kelly (H, 5)1.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 12)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Cahill 88-53, R. Dull 34-19, C. Hatcher 11-8, D. Coulombe 16-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cahill 11-2, C. Hatcher 1-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Cahill 20, R. Dull 8, C. Hatcher 3, D. Coulombe 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 102-60, M. Barnes 16-10, H. Hembree 20-12, J. Kelly 12-8, C. Kimbrel 19-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Kelly 2-0, C. Kimbrel 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Sale 21, M. Barnes 4, H. Hembree 4, J. Kelly 3, C. Kimbrel 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    OAK21-22
    000020101451
    BOS29-14
    30000300X690
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS41221010.276.325.395.7207.5
    M. Canha CF40000021.260.313.490.803-1.0
    J. Lowrie 2B20000210.325.385.550.9351.5
    K. Davis DH30000113.214.291.476.7670.5
    M. Chapman 3B40000034.231.326.429.755-1.5
    M. Olson 1B41211011.238.327.404.7316.5
    S. Piscotty RF40000022.240.296.372.668-1.0
    C. Pinder LF01000200.265.333.456.7893.0
    a- M. Joyce PH-LF21111000.207.355.405.7606.0
    J. Lucroy C40000022.284.352.379.731-1.0
    Total31454351313-----
    HITTERSAB
    M. Semien SS4
    M. Canha CF4
    J. Lowrie 2B2
    K. Davis DH3
    M. Chapman 3B4
    M. Olson 1B4
    S. Piscotty RF4
    C. Pinder LF0
    a- M. Joyce PH-LF2
    J. Lucroy C4
    Total31
    • a-homered for Pinder in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF41200002.353.428.7331.1612.0
    A. Benintendi CF41200010.272.354.443.7972.5
    H. Ramirez DH41110002.281.341.444.7863.0
    J. Martinez LF32121101.344.395.6441.0399.0
    X. Bogaerts SS41131011.306.339.550.8897.5
    M. Moreland 1B30000130.319.398.6061.005-0.5
    E. Nunez 2B40100011.233.256.353.6100.5
    R. Devers 3B30000001.245.286.423.7090.0
    C. Vazquez C30100000.179.227.214.4411.0
    Total326962268-----
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Semien (4), M. Olson (6), M. Joyce (5)
      • RBI - M. Semien 2 (20), M. Olson (16), M. Joyce (7)
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Martinez (12), X. Bogaerts (5)
      • RBI - H. Ramirez (29), J. Martinez 2 (36), X. Bogaerts 3 (21)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - M. Betts (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Pinder
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Bogaerts-Nunez-Moreland)
      • PB - C. Vazquez (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Cahill (L, 1-2)5.05331112.791.001.5
      R. Dull1.04331115.791.61-4.5
      C. Hatcher1.00000105.931.983.5
      D. Coulombe1.00000305.401.334.5
      Total8.0966262---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Cahill (L, 1-2)5.0
      R. Dull1.0
      C. Hatcher1.0
      D. Coulombe1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 4-1)5.02224912.290.9218.5
      M. Barnes (H, 10)1.01000202.891.183.0
      H. Hembree1.01110115.311.521.5
      J. Kelly (H, 5)1.00001002.210.932.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 12)1.01110112.450.768.5
      Total9.05445133---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 4-1)5.0
      M. Barnes (H, 10)1.0
      H. Hembree1.0
      J. Kelly (H, 5)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 12)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Cahill 88-53, R. Dull 34-19, C. Hatcher 11-8, D. Coulombe 16-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cahill 11-2, C. Hatcher 1-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Cahill 20, R. Dull 8, C. Hatcher 3, D. Coulombe 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 102-60, M. Barnes 16-10, H. Hembree 20-12, J. Kelly 12-8, C. Kimbrel 19-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Kelly 2-0, C. Kimbrel 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 21, M. Barnes 4, H. Hembree 4, J. Kelly 3, C. Kimbrel 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Olson homered to left46
      • 7TH INNING
        Joyce homered to right36
      • 6TH INNING
        Bogaerts homered to left, Ramirez and Martinez scored26
      • 5TH INNING
        Semien homered to left, Pinder scored23
      • 1ST INNING
        Martinez homered to center, Benintendi scored03
        Ramirez grounded out to shortstop, Betts scored, Benintendi to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Joe Kelly
        • M. Olson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Olson homered to left
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike swinging, Joyce grounded out to second
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Lucroy flied out to right
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joe Kelly relieved Heath Hembree
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lowrie walked
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Davis reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Lowrie out at second
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Chapman grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Davis out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Danny Coulombe relieved Chris Hatcher
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Nunez struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Heath Hembree relieved Matt Barnes
        • Matt Joyce hit for Chad Pinder
        • M. Joyce: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Joyce homered to right
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy flied out to right
        • M. Semien: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
        • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Canha flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Chris Hatcher relieved Ryan Dull
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ramirez flied out to right
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Matt Barnes relieved Chris Sale
        • K. Davis: Davis popped out to first
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Chapman struck out on foul tip
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Olson singled to right
        • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Dull relieved Trevor Cahill
        • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ramirez singled to shallow center
        • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked, Ramirez to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts homered to left, Ramirez and Martinez scored
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Nunez singled to right
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers flied out to center
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Vazquez singled to center, Nunez to second
        • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Betts fouled out to right
        • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pinder walked
        • J. Lucroy: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Lucroy struck out looking
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Semien homered to left, Pinder scored
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Lowrie flied out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Vazquez grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Betts grounded out to second
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Davis walked
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis to second on passed ball, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Olson flied out to left
        • S. Piscotty: Piscotty flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez grounded out to third
        • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Devers grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Semien flied out to deep center
        • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Foul, Canha flied out to deep center
        • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Benintendi singled to center
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop, Benintendi to second
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez grounded out to second, Benintendi to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike swinging, Ball, Bogaerts lined out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • S. Piscotty: Piscotty popped out to second
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pinder walked
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Foul, Strike swinging, Devers grounded out to second
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Vazquez grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts singled to left
        • A. Benintendi: Ball (pitchout), Betts caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Semien reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lowrie walked, Semien to second
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Betts singled to deep left, Betts to second on left fielder Pinder fielding error
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi singled to right, Betts to third
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop, Betts scored, Benintendi to second
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez homered to center, Benintendi scored
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Nunez lined out to first
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)