Moreland hits slam, Red Sox top A's 7-3 for 8th straight win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Even with slugger J.D. Martinez getting a rare day off, the Boston Red Sox had more than enough power in their lineup to keep the best start in franchise history going.

Mitch Moreland hit a grand slam, Jackie Bradley Jr. added a three-run homer and the streaking Red Sox won their eighth in a row, beating the Oakland Athletics 7-3 on Friday night.

Boston extended the best start in the franchise's 118-year history, improving to a major league-leading 17-2. The Red Sox have won 17 of 18 since losing to Tampa Bay on opening day.

''They're doing something special, let's be honest,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. ''There's a lot of people watching the team now and there's a lot of people talking about the team. You can't help it. You flip the channels and they're talking about what's going on.''

Hundreds of Boston fans decked in red showed up at the Oakland Coliseum. They saw Moreland hit the fifth grand slam by the Red Sox this season - they didn't hit any last year.

Eduardo Nunez had three hits and scored while Hanley Ramirez singled twice for the Red Sox.

''Everybody in here is doing the same thing and it's showed all year how well we've played,'' Moreland said. ''Everybody's stepped up and done something to help the team win and that's the reason we're where we're at.''

Jed Lowrie matched his career high with four hits for Oakland. Lowrie, who doubled in a run in the first, leads the majors in hits (32) and RBIs (22). The A's had won four in a row.

''Just a consistent routine and taking good swings, putting together good at-bats every time up, every day,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.

Moreland homered on the first pitch from reliever Emilio Pagan in the sixth. Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Ramirez opened the inning with three consecutive singles off starter Kendall Graveman (0-4) before Moreland's towering shot to right.

This is the first time the Red Sox have hit five slams before May 1.

''In that situation I'm just trying to go up and get a pitch up in the zone,'' said Moreland, who has homered in each of his last four games at the Coliseum. ''It just happened to be a slider that kind of popped of out of his hand and I was able to put a good swing on it.''

Bradley homered off Graveman in the second inning, his second in four games.

The power surge by the Red Sox was timely on a night starter Drew Pomeranz failed to make it out of the fourth inning in his season debut. Activated off the disabled list earlier in the day after recovering from a strained forearm, the left-hander struck out seven but allowed three runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Hector Velazquez (3-0) pitched three scoreless innings for the win. Boston also got a lift from Matt Barnes, who retired four batters and struck out pinch-hitter Matt Joyce with the bases loaded to end the seventh.

CREW CHIEF REVIEW

Chad Pinder hit what appeared to be a two-run homer off Pomeranz in the first inning but first base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt ruled it foul after a few moments of uncertainty. Crew chief and home plate ump Brian Gorman called for a review and the foul call stood. Pinder struck out to end the inning.

LEFTY ISSUES

The A's dropped to 1-6 in games started by left-handed pitchers. Boston will also start lefties on Saturday and Sunday.

GRAVEMAN'S DAY

Graveman, Oakland's opening day starter, pitched into the sixth and allowed six runs on seven hits. He has allowed seven home runs this season, tied with Cole Hamels of Texas for most in the majors.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Martinez was given a planned day off. Martinez has been Boston's hottest hitter over the past two weeks while going 13 for 22 (.591) with four home runs. ... LHP Bobby Poyner will make at least one more rehab start before the team decides whether or not to activate him off the DL. Poyner has been out since April 12 with a strained left hamstring. ... RHP Marcus Walden was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Pomeranz.

Athletics: RHPs Chris Bassitt and Josh Lucas were recalled from Triple-A Nashville. LHP Daniel Coulombe was optioned down.

UP NEXT

Boston's Chris Sale (1-0, 1.23 ERA) faces Sean Manaea (2-2, 1.63 ERA) in matchup of lefties at the Coliseum on Saturday. Sale has yielded three runs and struck out 31 over 22 innings this season. Manaea has been Oakland's most consistent pitcher, allowing two or fewer runs in each of his four starts.

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OAK9-11
3000000003100
  • W: H. Velazquez (3-0)L: K. Graveman (0-4)
  • HR: BOS - M. Moreland (2), J. Bradley (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF41100001.382.469.7651.2342.0
A. Benintendi LF41100020.266.377.438.8141.0
H. Ramirez DH41200010.333.392.530.9221.5
M. Moreland 1B41141010.333.400.6151.0158.5
R. Devers 3B41100000.297.361.500.8612.0
E. Nunez 2B41300010.281.333.469.8024.5
J. Bradley CF31131101.233.333.400.7339.0
C. Vazquez C40000013.208.263.245.508-0.5
B. Holt SS40100001.243.333.378.7121.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS40000102.241.303.333.6361.0
    S. Piscotty RF41000102.282.338.394.7322.0
    J. Lowrie 2B51410000.372.426.6401.0658.0
    K. Davis DH40000034.259.344.506.850-0.5
    M. Chapman 3B41100032.293.384.547.9300.5
    M. Olson 1B40210011.286.360.429.7892.5
    M. Canha CF30110010.333.400.593.9931.5
    a- M. Joyce PH-CF10000013.241.417.444.861-0.5
    C. Pinder LF40100022.227.320.455.7751.0
    J. Lucroy C40100001.268.349.321.6711.0
    • a-struck out for Canha in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Nunez (6)
    • HR - M. Moreland (2), J. Bradley (2)
    • RBI - M. Moreland 4 (11), J. Bradley 3 (6)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Lowrie 2 (5), C. Pinder (2)
    • RBI - J. Lowrie (22), M. Olson (10), M. Canha (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Olson (8), M. Canha (6)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - H. Ramirez
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Pomeranz3.25332707.361.912.5
    H. Velazquez (W, 3-0)3.04000102.701.2612.5
    B. Johnson0.01000002.081.31-1.0
    M. Barnes (H, 4)1.10000203.381.134.0
    J. Kelly1.00000104.151.043.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Pomeranz3.2
    H. Velazquez (W, 3-0)3.0
    B. Johnson0.0
    M. Barnes (H, 4)1.1
    J. Kelly1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Graveman (L, 0-4)5.076606110.071.880.0
    E. Pagan1.02110015.731.550.0
    J. Lucas3.02001000.001.006.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Graveman (L, 0-4)5.0
    E. Pagan1.0
    J. Lucas3.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - D. Pomeranz 2 (2)
    • HBP - H. Velazquez
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 88-58, H. Velazquez 47-29, B. Johnson 3-2, M. Barnes 21-14, J. Kelly 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 1-4, H. Velazquez 3-4, M. Barnes 2-0, J. Kelly 1-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 19, H. Velazquez 13, B. Johnson, M. Barnes 4, J. Kelly 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Graveman 92-58, E. Pagan 14-11, J. Lucas 25-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Graveman 6-2, E. Pagan 1-2, J. Lucas 5-2
    • Batters Faced - K. Graveman 21, E. Pagan 5, J. Lucas 10
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    BOS17-2
    0300040007110
    OAK9-11
    3000000003100
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF41100001.382.469.7651.2342.0
    A. Benintendi LF41100020.266.377.438.8141.0
    H. Ramirez DH41200010.333.392.530.9221.5
    M. Moreland 1B41141010.333.400.6151.0158.5
    R. Devers 3B41100000.297.361.500.8612.0
    E. Nunez 2B41300010.281.333.469.8024.5
    J. Bradley CF31131101.233.333.400.7339.0
    C. Vazquez C40000013.208.263.245.508-0.5
    B. Holt SS40100001.243.333.378.7121.0
    Total3571172166-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Semien SS40000102.241.303.333.6361.0
      S. Piscotty RF41000102.282.338.394.7322.0
      J. Lowrie 2B51410000.372.426.6401.0658.0
      K. Davis DH40000034.259.344.506.850-0.5
      M. Chapman 3B41100032.293.384.547.9300.5
      M. Olson 1B40210011.286.360.429.7892.5
      M. Canha CF30110010.333.400.593.9931.5
      a- M. Joyce PH-CF10000013.241.417.444.861-0.5
      C. Pinder LF40100022.227.320.455.7751.0
      J. Lucroy C40100001.268.349.321.6711.0
      Total373103021117-----
      HITTERSAB
      M. Semien SS4
      S. Piscotty RF4
      J. Lowrie 2B5
      K. Davis DH4
      M. Chapman 3B4
      M. Olson 1B4
      M. Canha CF3
      a- M. Joyce PH-CF1
      C. Pinder LF4
      J. Lucroy C4
      Total37
      • a-struck out for Canha in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Nunez (6)
      • HR - M. Moreland (2), J. Bradley (2)
      • RBI - M. Moreland 4 (11), J. Bradley 3 (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Lowrie 2 (5), C. Pinder (2)
      • RBI - J. Lowrie (22), M. Olson (10), M. Canha (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Olson (8), M. Canha (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - H. Ramirez
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Pomeranz3.25332707.361.912.5
      H. Velazquez (W, 3-0)3.04000102.701.2612.5
      B. Johnson0.01000002.081.31-1.0
      M. Barnes (H, 4)1.10000203.381.134.0
      J. Kelly1.00000104.151.043.5
      Total9.010332110---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Pomeranz3.2
      H. Velazquez (W, 3-0)3.0
      B. Johnson0.0
      M. Barnes (H, 4)1.1
      J. Kelly1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Graveman (L, 0-4)5.076606110.071.880.0
      E. Pagan1.02110015.731.550.0
      J. Lucas3.02001000.001.006.0
      Total9.01177162---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Graveman (L, 0-4)5.0
      E. Pagan1.0
      J. Lucas3.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Pomeranz 2 (2)
      • HBP - H. Velazquez
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 88-58, H. Velazquez 47-29, B. Johnson 3-2, M. Barnes 21-14, J. Kelly 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 1-4, H. Velazquez 3-4, M. Barnes 2-0, J. Kelly 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 19, H. Velazquez 13, B. Johnson, M. Barnes 4, J. Kelly 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Graveman 92-58, E. Pagan 14-11, J. Lucas 25-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Graveman 6-2, E. Pagan 1-2, J. Lucas 5-2
      • Batters Faced - K. Graveman 21, E. Pagan 5, J. Lucas 10
      • 6TH INNING
        Moreland homered to right center, Betts, Benintendi and Ramirez scored73
      • 2ND INNING
        Bradley homered to right center, Devers and Nunez scored33
      • 1ST INNING
        Canha singled to right, Chapman scored, Olson to third03
        Olson singled to left, Lowrie scored, Chapman to second02
        Lowrie doubled to deep right, Piscotty scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Lucas Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Nunez singled to center
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bradley walked, Nunez to second
        • C. Vazquez: Strike swinging, Vazquez grounded into double play third to second to first, Nunez to third, Bradley out at second
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Holt grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Joe Kelly relieved Matt Barnes
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Piscotty grounded out to second
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lowrie flied out to deep center
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Lucas Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Ramirez popped out to shortstop
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Barnes Pitching:
        • C. Pinder: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lucroy grounded out to third
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Semien grounded out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Josh Lucas relieved Emilio Pagan
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Holt singled to shallow center
        • M. Betts: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Betts grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Holt out at second
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Velazquez Pitching:
        • S. Piscotty: Piscotty grounded out to third
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lowrie doubled to deep right center
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis hit by pitch
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Chapman struck out on foul tip
        • Brian Johnson relieved Hector Velazquez
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Olson singled to shallow right, Lowrie to third, Davis to second
        • Matt Barnes relieved Brian Johnson
        • Matt Joyce hit for Mark Canha
        • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Joyce struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • K. Graveman Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Betts singled to left
        • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Benintendi singled to left, Betts to second
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez singled to left, Betts to third, Benintendi to second
        • Emilio Pagan relieved Kendall Graveman
        • M. Moreland: Moreland homered to right center, Betts, Benintendi and Ramirez scored
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Devers lined out to right
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Nunez doubled to left center
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Bradley flied out to left
        • C. Vazquez: Strike swinging, Vazquez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Velazquez Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Ball, Foul, Canha lined out to center
        • C. Pinder: Pinder grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lucroy singled to shallow left
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Semien flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. Graveman Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bradley grounded out to first
        • C. Vazquez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Holt grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Velazquez Pitching:
        • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Foul, Lowrie singled to center
        • K. Davis: Davis grounded into double play third to second to first, Lowrie out at second
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Chapman singled to right center
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Olson lined out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • K. Graveman Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moreland grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers lined out to left
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • C. Pinder: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pinder doubled to deep center
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Lucroy flied out to shallow center
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Semien lined out to left
        • Hector Velazquez relieved Drew Pomeranz
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike looking, Piscotty lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Graveman Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Betts lined out to third
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Canha struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Graveman Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Devers singled to left
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez singled to shallow left, Devers to second
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bradley homered to right center, Devers and Nunez scored
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez grounded out to first
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Holt grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy flied out to right
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Semien walked
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty flied out to left
        • J. Lowrie: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Lowrie singled to right, Semien to second
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Davis struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Graveman Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts grounded out to second
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • H. Ramirez: Ramirez singled to center
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ramirez caught stealing, catcher to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Semien grounded out to first
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Piscotty walked
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Lowrie doubled to deep right, Piscotty scored
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lowrie to third on wild pitch
        • M. Olson: Foul, Strike looking, Olson singled to left, Lowrie scored, Chapman to second
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Canha singled to right, Chapman scored, Olson to third
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Canha to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pinder struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)