Moreland homers again, Red Sox tag A's to avoid 4-game sweep

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A five-run ninth inning for the Red Sox that lasted more than a half-hour derailed any chance Eduardo Rodriguez had of getting his first career complete game.

Not that the left-hander was complaining.

After a bitter loss to Oakland a year ago when he allowed just one hit over eight innings, Rodriguez was more than happy with the way things turned out.

Rodriguez earned his second straight win, Mitch Moreland homered in his third consecutive game and Boston beat the Oakland Athletics 12-3 on Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

''I wanted to go back out there but they hit the ball pretty good in that inning and I know I had to get out of the game,'' Rodriguez said about the long wait. ''I'll take it because we score more runs, I have a chance to win. If every inning's like that, I'll get out of the game after five.''

Rodriguez (3-1) allowed three runs over eight innings. He struck out eight, walked one and retired 14 of his final 15 batters.

''Where he was with the pitch count, it'd be nice for him to go out there for the ninth inning given where he was and how well he was throwing the baseball,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ''But at that point you're up nine, probably about a 35-minute inning, didn't want to take any chances.''

Hanley Ramirez and Christian Vazquez had three hits apiece to power a Red Sox lineup that tallied 15 hits. Every player in Boston's starting lineup had at least one hit, and eight of the nine drove in runs.

Chad Pinder homered and drove in two runs for Oakland.

Boston, which hasn't been swept in a four-game series since July 2015, trailed 3-2 before scoring 10 runs over the final five innings.

''It felt we had them on the run a little bit,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''They get the lead and then we come back and take the lead again and you feel pretty good. But they were pretty persistent today.''

Pinder went deep in the fourth, his fourth home run in eight games and fifth overall.

The A's committed three errors, giving them a major league-leading 42.

BRADLEY'S DEFENSIVE GEMS

Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts gave the A's trouble with his running and defense. Betts scored twice from first base and also made a pair of strong defensive plays. He made a sliding catch on Mark Canha's sinking liner in the eighth and then slammed into the wall after catching Khris' Davis fly to end the inning.

''This place during the daytime plays very difficult,'' Farrell said. ''What Mookie was able to do a couple times in right field, those aren't easy plays. To be able to stay with it, go up against the wall a couple of times, we played very good outfield defense here today.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Brock Holt continues to deal with lingering symptoms from vertigo and isn't yet ready to come off the disabled list, according to Farrell. Likewise, Boston plans to keep third baseman Pablo Sandoval in the minors to get consistent at-bats while recovering from a right knee sprain. ... Farrell said LHP Drew Pomeranz, who took the loss Saturday, will start against Texas on Thursday.

Athletics: Yonder Alonso (sore left knee) sat out his fourth straight game but could be back in the lineup Tuesday when Oakland begins a two-game series against Miami. ... Sean Doolittle (strained left shoulder) threw on flat ground before making 15 pitches off the mound. The plan is for the former closer to throw 25 pitches on Wednesday. ... Melvin said the team has applied for an extension on Chris Bassitt's rehab assignment. Bassitt underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello (2-5) faces Texas on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park. Porcello has lost three of his last four decisions.

Athletics: Following an off day, RHP Jesse Hahn (1-3) starts against Miami on Tuesday at the Coliseum. Hahn leads the majors in fewest home runs allowed per nine innings at 0.19.

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BOS22-21
20002201512150
OAK20-24
010200000363
  • W: E. Rodriguez (3-1)L: A. Triggs (5-3)
  • HR: BOS - M. Moreland (5), OAK - C. Pinder (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF42110211.282.357.497.8545.5
D. Pedroia 2B51210002.281.353.366.7193.0
X. Bogaerts SS31100211.320.389.433.8235.5
A. Benintendi LF31110102.280.355.422.7778.0
H. Ramirez DH42320100.273.350.445.7959.0
M. Moreland 1B51121015.250.352.454.8066.5
J. Bradley CF52210023.208.280.375.6555.0
C. Vazquez C52310011.329.359.438.7978.5
D. Marrero 3B50120012.139.184.194.3792.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Davis CF40100011.221.273.320.5920.5
    M. Canha RF40000011.271.314.583.897-0.5
    J. Lowrie DH40100011.278.348.451.7990.5
    K. Davis LF40000022.218.303.494.797-1.0
    T. Plouffe 3B30000020.243.311.412.723-1.0
    a- M. Joyce PH10000010.198.272.372.644-0.5
    R. Healy 1B41100000.256.291.433.7242.0
    C. Pinder 2B42221000.286.352.6731.02510.0
    J. Phegley C30110000.229.245.375.6202.0
    A. Rosales SS20000111.237.281.356.6370.5
    • a-struck out for Plouffe in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - H. Ramirez (4), J. Bradley (2), C. Vazquez (6)
    • HR - M. Moreland (5)
    • SF - A. Benintendi (4)
    • RBI - M. Betts (28), D. Pedroia (17), A. Benintendi (24), H. Ramirez 2 (20), M. Moreland 2 (21), J. Bradley (11), C. Vazquez (6), D. Marrero 2 (4)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Bradley, C. Vazquez (3), D. Marrero
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Pinder (4)
    • HR - C. Pinder (5)
    • RBI - C. Pinder 2 (11), J. Phegley (5)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Phegley (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - X. Bogaerts (7), A. Benintendi 2 (5), C. Vazquez (2)
    • CS - D. Pedroia (2)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - R. Davis (2)
    • E - M. Canha (4), J. Phegley (2), C. Pinder (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Rodriguez (W, 3-1)8.06331813.100.8828.0
    M. Barnes1.00000103.860.003.5
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Rodriguez (W, 3-1)8.0
    M. Barnes1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Triggs (L, 5-3)5.18653712.772.06-2.5
    B. Wahl1.02001003.183.000.0
    D. Coulombe0.20000002.570.000.0
    J. Axford1.01110009.001.001.0
    J. Smith1.04552006.006.00-8.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Triggs (L, 5-3)5.1
    B. Wahl1.0
    D. Coulombe0.2
    J. Axford1.0
    J. Smith1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 98-70, M. Barnes 17-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 1-15, M. Barnes 1-1
    • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 31, M. Barnes 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Triggs (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Triggs 101-64, B. Wahl 23-13, D. Coulombe 2-2, J. Axford 23-16, J. Smith 33-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Triggs 2-6, B. Wahl 2-1, D. Coulombe 1-0, J. Axford 2-1, J. Smith 1-2
    • Batters Faced - A. Triggs 26, B. Wahl 6, D. Coulombe, J. Axford 4, J. Smith 9
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    BOS22-21
    20002201512150
    OAK20-24
    010200000363
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF42110211.282.357.497.8545.5
    D. Pedroia 2B51210002.281.353.366.7193.0
    X. Bogaerts SS31100211.320.389.433.8235.5
    A. Benintendi LF31110102.280.355.422.7778.0
    H. Ramirez DH42320100.273.350.445.7959.0
    M. Moreland 1B51121015.250.352.454.8066.5
    J. Bradley CF52210023.208.280.375.6555.0
    C. Vazquez C52310011.329.359.438.7978.5
    D. Marrero 3B50120012.139.184.194.3792.5
    Total3912151116717-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      R. Davis CF40100011.221.273.320.5920.5
      M. Canha RF40000011.271.314.583.897-0.5
      J. Lowrie DH40100011.278.348.451.7990.5
      K. Davis LF40000022.218.303.494.797-1.0
      T. Plouffe 3B30000020.243.311.412.723-1.0
      a- M. Joyce PH10000010.198.272.372.644-0.5
      R. Healy 1B41100000.256.291.433.7242.0
      C. Pinder 2B42221000.286.352.6731.02510.0
      J. Phegley C30110000.229.245.375.6202.0
      A. Rosales SS20000111.237.281.356.6370.5
      Total333631196-----
      • a-struck out for Plouffe in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - H. Ramirez (4), J. Bradley (2), C. Vazquez (6)
      • HR - M. Moreland (5)
      • SF - A. Benintendi (4)
      • RBI - M. Betts (28), D. Pedroia (17), A. Benintendi (24), H. Ramirez 2 (20), M. Moreland 2 (21), J. Bradley (11), C. Vazquez (6), D. Marrero 2 (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Bradley, C. Vazquez (3), D. Marrero
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Pinder (4)
      • HR - C. Pinder (5)
      • RBI - C. Pinder 2 (11), J. Phegley (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Phegley (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - X. Bogaerts (7), A. Benintendi 2 (5), C. Vazquez (2)
      • CS - D. Pedroia (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - R. Davis (2)
      • E - M. Canha (4), J. Phegley (2), C. Pinder (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (W, 3-1)8.06331813.100.8828.0
      M. Barnes1.00000103.860.003.5
      Total9.0633191---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (W, 3-1)8.0
      M. Barnes1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Triggs (L, 5-3)5.18653712.772.06-2.5
      B. Wahl1.02001003.183.000.0
      D. Coulombe0.20000002.570.000.0
      J. Axford1.01110009.001.001.0
      J. Smith1.04552006.006.00-8.0
      Total9.0151211671---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Triggs (L, 5-3)5.1
      B. Wahl1.0
      D. Coulombe0.2
      J. Axford1.0
      J. Smith1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 98-70, M. Barnes 17-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 1-15, M. Barnes 1-1
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 31, M. Barnes 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Triggs (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Triggs 101-64, B. Wahl 23-13, D. Coulombe 2-2, J. Axford 23-16, J. Smith 33-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Triggs 2-6, B. Wahl 2-1, D. Coulombe 1-0, J. Axford 2-1, J. Smith 1-2
      • Batters Faced - A. Triggs 26, B. Wahl 6, D. Coulombe, J. Axford 4, J. Smith 9
      • 9TH INNING
        Marrero singled to deep right, Vazquez scored123
        Vazquez doubled to deep right, Bradley scored113
        Bradley singled to deep right, Ramirez scored103
        Ramirez doubled to deep left, Bogaerts and Benintendi scored93
      • 8TH INNING
        Marrero grounded out to shortstop, Bradley scored73
      • 6TH INNING
        Moreland homered to right, Ramirez scored63
      • 5TH INNING
        Pedroia singled to left center, Betts scored43
        Betts singled to deep right, Vazquez scored33
      • 4TH INNING
        Pinder homered to left, Healy scored23
      • 2ND INNING
        Phegley singled to center, Pinder scored21
      • 1ST INNING
        Benintendi hit sacrifice fly to right, Pedroia scored20
        Pedroia singled to right, Betts scored, Pedroia to second on right fielder Canha fielding error10
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Smith Pitching:
        • D. Pedroia: Pedroia grounded out to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Benintendi walked, Bogaerts to second
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez doubled to deep left, Bogaerts and Benintendi scored
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland flied out to deep left
        • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Bradley singled to deep right, Ramirez scored
        • C. Vazquez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Vazquez doubled to deep right, Bradley scored
        • D. Marrero: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Marrero singled to deep right, Vazquez scored
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Betts popped out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Barnes Pitching:
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Joyce struck out swinging
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Healy grounded out to first
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pinder popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Axford Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bradley doubled to deep right center
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Vazquez lined out to center, Bradley to third
        • D. Marrero: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Marrero grounded out to shortstop, Bradley scored
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Betts grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Foul, Canha lined out to right
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Lowrie struck out looking
        • K. Davis: Davis flied out to deep right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Wahl Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts singled to right center
        • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Benintendi popped out to third
        • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ramirez reached on an infield single to second, Bogaerts to second
        • M. Moreland: Foul, Moreland grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Ramirez out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • C. Pinder: Pinder flied out to center
        • J. Phegley: Phegley lined out to center
        • A. Rosales: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rosales walked
        • R. Davis: Davis flied out to left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Triggs Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez singled to deep left
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Moreland homered to right, Ramirez scored
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez singled to deep right
        • D. Marrero: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Marrero grounded out to third, Vazquez to second
        • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
        • D. Pedroia: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pedroia grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Davis flied out to deep right
        • T. Plouffe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Plouffe struck out swinging
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Healy flied out to shallow right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Triggs Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Vazquez singled to center
        • D. Marrero: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez stole second, Vazquez to third on catcher Phegley fielding error, Strike swinging, Marrero struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Betts singled to deep right, Vazquez scored
        • D. Pedroia: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball (pitchout), Pedroia singled to left center, Betts scored
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pedroia caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts stole second, Benintendi lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Canha flied out to deep right
        • J. Lowrie: Lowrie grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Triggs Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts flied out to center
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi reached on an infield single to first
        • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Benintendi stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi stole third
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • T. Plouffe: Plouffe lined out to center
        • R. Healy: Ball, Strike looking, Healy singled to left
        • C. Pinder: Pinder homered to left, Healy scored
        • J. Phegley: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Phegley lined out to center
        • A. Rosales: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosales struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Triggs Pitching:
        • D. Marrero: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Marrero flied out to right
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • D. Pedroia: Foul, Pedroia fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • R. Davis: Davis flied out to right
        • M. Canha: Ball, Strike swinging, Canha fouled out to first
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Lowrie singled to left
        • K. Davis: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Triggs Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Moreland safe at first on shortstop Pinder fielding error
        • J. Bradley: Bradley lined into double play center to first, Moreland out at first
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • T. Plouffe: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Plouffe struck out looking
        • R. Healy: Ball, Healy flied out to deep center
        • C. Pinder: Pinder doubled to left center
        • J. Phegley: Strike swinging, Phegley singled to center, Pinder scored
        • A. Rosales: Strike (foul tip), Rosales flied out to right
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Triggs Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pedroia singled to right, Betts scored, Pedroia to second on right fielder Canha fielding error
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pedroia to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Benintendi hit sacrifice fly to right, Pedroia scored
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Davis singled to deep left
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul tip, Canha struck out on foul tip
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Strike looking, Lowrie popped out to second
        • K. Davis: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)