A's spoil Velazquez's debut with 3 HRs in 8-3 win vs Red Sox

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Taking the mound with the lead in the second inning after a rough start to the game was just what Sonny Gray needed to get back on track.

Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis hit first-inning homers to spoil Hector Velazquez's major league debut and Gray took it from there to get his first win of the season for the Oakland Athletics, 8-3 over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

''That really kind of got me going and gave me the kick I needed to really try to focus down and put up some zeroes,'' Gray said. ''The offense really bailed me out early tonight. That was huge.''

Gray (1-1) allowed two runs in a 31-pitch first inning in his 100th career start before settling down. Relying heavily on sharp breaking pitches, Gray gave up just one more run the rest of the way, while striking out eight in six innings to give him wins against all 14 other AL teams in his career.

''When he's punching guys out, that's the sign that Sonny is Sonny,'' catcher Stephen Vogt said. ''He's an ace and aces go out there and punch people out. That's what he did tonight.''

Chad Pinder added a homer in the fourth inning against Velazquez (0-1), who had a rough first start after spending his first seven years as a pro in the Mexican League.

Staked to a 2-0 lead before taking the mound in his major league debut, the 28-year-old Velazquez fell behind just four batters into the game when he allowed a two-run homer to Lowrie and a solo shot to Davis for Oakland's first back-to-back homers of the season.

''I thought there might be a little bit better command in the strike zone,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ''There were some pitches that stayed up in the middle of the plate that they made him pay for. First time out for him, not making any excuses. This is not a 21-year-old coming up making his debut. It was just more the command within the strike zone.''

After Boston tied the game in the fourth on a solo shot by Mitch Moreland, the A's went back ahead in the bottom half when Trevor Plouffe hit an RBI double and Pinder followed with a two-run homer on the next pitch to make it 6-3.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP David Price (elbow) and 3B Pablo Sandoval (knee) will begin rehab assignments at Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday. Price is expected to throw 85 to 90 pitches and could be activated from the DL next week.

''Tomorrow is a big day for him in seeing how he comes out, the number of pitches thrown,'' Farrell said.

Athletics: 1B Yonder Alonso sat out after being removed from the game Wednesday in Seattle with a sore left knee. He had an MRI on Thursday that showed no structural damage and will likely miss at least a couple of days. ... RHP Daniel Mengden (foot) allowed two runs in six innings and RHP John Axford (shoulder) pitched one scoreless innings in a rehab assignment for Triple-A Nashville.

CAUGHT ON BASES

A's leadoff hitter Rajai Davis had a rough night on the bases. He was caught stealing second after leading off the game with a single and then was thrown out at third trying for a triple in the third. Davis beat the throw from center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and was initially called safe. But his foot came off the base momentarily on the slide and he was tagged by Deven Marrero. The play was overturned on replay.

TOUGH UMP

Home plate umpire Marty Foster took a hard foul ball off the mask in the third inning that left him stumbling before Boston catcher Christian Vazquez steadied him. After being checked by the trainer, Foster stayed in the game.

EMPTY HOUSE

The attendance of 12,016 was the smallest for a Red Sox game in Oakland since the A's drew 8,221 for a game on May 3, 1999.

UP NEXT

Boston's Chris Sale (4-2) goes for his eighth straight double-digit strikeout game in the second game of the series. Sale already has one streak of eight straight double-digit strikeout games in 2015 for the White Sox. The only other player with at least 10 strikeouts in eight straight starts was Pedro Martinez for Boston in 1999. Kendall Graveman (2-2) starts for the A's.

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BOS21-19
200100000360
OAK18-23
30030200X8130
  • W: S. Gray (1-1)L: H. Velazquez (0-1)
  • HR: BOS - M. Moreland (3), OAK - J. Lowrie (5), K. Davis (12), C. Pinder (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF41100000.293.365.520.8852.0
D. Pedroia 2B41200010.273.352.367.7192.5
J. Rutledge 2B0000-000.303.395.303.000-
X. Bogaerts SS30000122.331.392.446.8380.0
H. Ramirez DH40110032.252.333.409.7420.5
M. Moreland 1B31111102.254.361.430.7917.0
C. Young LF30110020.258.337.393.7301.0
J. Bradley CF30000103.205.276.375.6513.0
C. Vazquez C40000012.313.348.422.770-0.5
D. Marrero 3B30000011.154.185.231.416-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Davis CF50210012.220.277.330.6082.5
    M. Joyce RF31100111.200.274.375.6492.5
    J. Lowrie 2B41221010.268.345.436.7817.5
    K. Davis LF31211102.217.309.490.7998.0
    R. Healy 1B41100022.257.294.447.7411.0
    S. Vogt C31000102.218.273.356.6292.0
    T. Plouffe 3B42310010.252.314.433.7477.5
    C. Pinder DH41121023.282.349.590.9396.0
    A. Rosales SS40110021.259.299.389.6881.0
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Moreland (3)
      • SF - C. Young
      • RBI - H. Ramirez (17), M. Moreland (17), C. Young (11)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Davis (7), T. Plouffe 2 (5)
      • HR - J. Lowrie (5), K. Davis (12), C. Pinder (3)
      • RBI - R. Davis (9), J. Lowrie 2 (11), K. Davis (22), T. Plouffe (13), C. Pinder 2 (7), A. Rosales (13)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Bradley (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - R. Davis (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Bradley
      • PB - C. Vazquez (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Velazquez (L, 0-1)5.096624310.802.20-5.0
      R. Ross1.02221107.003.00-1.5
      M. Barnes2.02000504.081.006.5
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Velazquez (L, 0-1)5.0
      R. Ross1.0
      M. Barnes2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gray (W, 1-1)6.04332813.971.0023.0
      L. Hendriks1.00000103.930.003.5
      F. Montas0.21001105.403.00-1.5
      D. Coulombe0.10000002.700.000.0
      R. Madson1.01000002.201.002.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gray (W, 1-1)6.0
      L. Hendriks1.0
      F. Montas0.2
      D. Coulombe0.1
      R. Madson1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - R. Ross (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Velazquez 101-68, R. Ross 23-14, M. Barnes 39-29
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Velazquez 6-2, R. Ross 1-1
      • Batters Faced - H. Velazquez 23, R. Ross 6, M. Barnes 8
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 103-65, L. Hendriks 12-9, F. Montas 14-7, D. Coulombe 4-2, R. Madson 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 6-4, L. Hendriks 1-1, D. Coulombe 1-0, R. Madson 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Gray 24, L. Hendriks 3, F. Montas 4, D. Coulombe, R. Madson 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      BOS21-19
      200100000360
      OAK18-23
      30030200X8130
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF41100000.293.365.520.8852.0
      D. Pedroia 2B41200010.273.352.367.7192.5
      J. Rutledge 2B0000-000.303.395.303.000-
      X. Bogaerts SS30000122.331.392.446.8380.0
      H. Ramirez DH40110032.252.333.409.7420.5
      M. Moreland 1B31111102.254.361.430.7917.0
      C. Young LF30110020.258.337.393.7301.0
      J. Bradley CF30000103.205.276.375.6513.0
      C. Vazquez C40000012.313.348.422.770-0.5
      D. Marrero 3B30000011.154.185.231.416-0.5
      Total31363131012-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        R. Davis CF50210012.220.277.330.6082.5
        M. Joyce RF31100111.200.274.375.6492.5
        J. Lowrie 2B41221010.268.345.436.7817.5
        K. Davis LF31211102.217.309.490.7998.0
        R. Healy 1B41100022.257.294.447.7411.0
        S. Vogt C31000102.218.273.356.6292.0
        T. Plouffe 3B42310010.252.314.433.7477.5
        C. Pinder DH41121023.282.349.590.9396.0
        A. Rosales SS40110021.259.299.389.6881.0
        Total348138331013-----
          BATTING
          • HR - M. Moreland (3)
          • SF - C. Young
          • RBI - H. Ramirez (17), M. Moreland (17), C. Young (11)
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Davis (7), T. Plouffe 2 (5)
          • HR - J. Lowrie (5), K. Davis (12), C. Pinder (3)
          • RBI - R. Davis (9), J. Lowrie 2 (11), K. Davis (22), T. Plouffe (13), C. Pinder 2 (7), A. Rosales (13)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Bradley (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - R. Davis (4)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - J. Bradley
          • PB - C. Vazquez (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          H. Velazquez (L, 0-1)5.096624310.802.20-5.0
          R. Ross1.02221107.003.00-1.5
          M. Barnes2.02000504.081.006.5
          Total8.013883103---
          PITCHERSIP
          H. Velazquez (L, 0-1)5.0
          R. Ross1.0
          M. Barnes2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Gray (W, 1-1)6.04332813.971.0023.0
          L. Hendriks1.00000103.930.003.5
          F. Montas0.21001105.403.00-1.5
          D. Coulombe0.10000002.700.000.0
          R. Madson1.01000002.201.002.0
          Total9.06333101---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Gray (W, 1-1)6.0
          L. Hendriks1.0
          F. Montas0.2
          D. Coulombe0.1
          R. Madson1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - R. Ross (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - H. Velazquez 101-68, R. Ross 23-14, M. Barnes 39-29
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Velazquez 6-2, R. Ross 1-1
          • Batters Faced - H. Velazquez 23, R. Ross 6, M. Barnes 8
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 103-65, L. Hendriks 12-9, F. Montas 14-7, D. Coulombe 4-2, R. Madson 12-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 6-4, L. Hendriks 1-1, D. Coulombe 1-0, R. Madson 1-1
          • Batters Faced - S. Gray 24, L. Hendriks 3, F. Montas 4, D. Coulombe, R. Madson 3
          • 6TH INNING
            Davis reached on fielder's choice to third, Plouffe scored, Rosales out at second38
            Rosales singled to shallow left, Vogt scored, Plouffe to third37
          • 4TH INNING
            Pinder homered to left center, Plouffe scored36
            Plouffe doubled to left center, Healy scored34
            Moreland homered to left center33
          • 1ST INNING
            Davis homered to right center23
            Lowrie homered to center, Joyce scored22
            Young hit sacrifice fly to center, Pedroia scored20
            Ramirez singled to left, Betts scored, Pedroia to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • R. Madson Pitching:
            • C. Young: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Young reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley lined out to third
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Vazquez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Young out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts flied out to deep center
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia singled to right
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts walked, Pedroia to second
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moreland grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Barnes Pitching:
            • T. Plouffe: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Plouffe doubled to deep right center
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
            • A. Rosales: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosales struck out swinging
            • R. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Davis struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • L. Hendriks Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bradley flied out to left
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Vazquez grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Marrero: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marrero struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Barnes Pitching:
            • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Lowrie struck out on foul tip
            • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Davis singled to center
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Healy struck out looking
            • S. Vogt: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Vogt popped out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Moreland grounded out to first
            • C. Young: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • H. Velazquez Pitching:
            • S. Vogt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Vogt walked
            • T. Plouffe: Plouffe singled to shallow left, Vogt to second
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Vogt to third, Plouffe to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
            • A. Rosales: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosales singled to shallow left, Vogt scored, Plouffe to third
            • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis reached on fielder's choice to third, Plouffe scored, Rosales out at second
            • M. Joyce: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Joyce popped out to third
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Betts grounded out to third
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pedroia struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • H. Velazquez Pitching:
            • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Joyce struck out swinging
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lowrie grounded out to third
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis walked
            • R. Healy: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Healy grounded out to first
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moreland homered to left center
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
            • C. Vazquez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
            • D. Marrero: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bradley stole second, Foul, Marrero grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • H. Velazquez Pitching:
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy singled to shallow center
            • S. Vogt: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Vogt flied out to right
            • T. Plouffe: Foul, Plouffe doubled to left center, Healy scored
            • C. Pinder: Pinder homered to left center, Plouffe scored
            • A. Rosales: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Rosales struck out looking
            • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis grounded out to third
            • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Foul, Foul, Pedroia lined out to right
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • H. Velazquez Pitching:
            • R. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Davis doubled to left center, Davis out at third
            • M. Joyce: Ball, Foul, Ball, Joyce singled to shallow center
            • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Lowrie singled to shallow right, Joyce to second
            • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Davis grounded into double play, Lowrie out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Vazquez grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Marrero: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marrero flied out to deep right
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Betts grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • H. Velazquez Pitching:
            • T. Plouffe: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Plouffe struck out swinging
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Pinder grounded out to third
            • A. Rosales: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rosales flied out to left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts singled to shallow center
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pedroia reached on an infield single to shortstop, Betts to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ramirez singled to left, Betts scored, Pedroia to second
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked, Pedroia to third, Ramirez to second
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Young hit sacrifice fly to center, Pedroia scored
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bradley flied out to shallow left
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis singled to right
            • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Davis caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Joyce walked
            • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Joyce to second on passed ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Lowrie homered to center, Joyce scored
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Davis homered to right center
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
            • S. Vogt: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Vogt grounded out to third
            • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)