Emotional homer for Piscotty helps A's beat Red Sox 5-3

BOSTON (AP) With a hand on his heart and a quick glance to the sky, Stephen Piscotty made an emotional salute to his late mother and helped the Oakland Athletics win in his return to the lineup.

Hours after being reinstated from the bereavement list and flying cross-country to join the A's in Boston, Piscotty hit a towering home run out of Fenway Park in his first at-bat Tuesday night as Oakland beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3.

''It was pure joy. It's been an emotional week,'' said Piscotty, whose mother, Gretchen, died May 6 after a one-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. She was 55.

Piscotty had missed four games to be with his family as they grieved the loss and celebrated Gretchen's life. He slowly made his way around the bases, then after rounding third placed his right hand over his heart and patted it with a glance to the sky.

''Coming around third, I just immediately started thinking about my mom and kind of put my hand over my chest like she would do,'' Piscotty said.

It was a touching moment for anyone aware of what Piscotty and his family had been through.

''To hit a home run in his first at-bat like that, there's something in the air. Probably Gretchen,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ''It was like a walkoff. The guys just embraced him when he got in the dugout.''

Melvin actually gave Piscotty the option to sit out Tuesday, when he got a ride to the airport around 3:45 a.m. in California for a flight to Boston. Piscotty, who said he still felt like he was on West Coast time, declined the option.

''He wanted to play. He's on little sleep, a lot of adrenaline,'' Melvin said. ''I know he was really- looking forward to that first at-bat. To be able to do what he did tells you a little seething about him.''

Piscotty drove an 0-2 pitch from Eduardo Rodriguez out to left in the second inning. Piscotty's third homer of the season was his only hit of the night and put the A's up 3-0. Matt Chapman and Mark Canha had two RBIs apiece for the A's, who took the first two games of the series against the struggling Red Sox.

Andrew Benintendi homered for Boston and Mitch Moreland finished with a pair of doubles for the Red Sox, who have struggled since their torrid start to the season.

Daniel Mengden (3-4) pitched six solid innings for Oakland, scattering eight hits and holding Boston to two runs - one earned - and struck out three. Blake Treinen finished it off for his eighth save of the season and Oakland improved to 4-1 against Boston this season.

''We haven't been able to put them away,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said. ''They're young and it seems like they're turning a corner. Whatever they're doing over there is pretty good.''

Rodriguez (3-1) took his first loss of the season after getting roughed up in the first few innings. Oakland had six hits through the first three innings, starting with back-to-back singles by Marcus Semien and Chad Pinder to start the game. Both scored on a double by Chapman, who drove a pitch from Rodriguez over the head of Mookie Betts in right field.

Rodriguez was pulled after throwing 98 pitches in five innings.

''They were swinging a lot and getting a lot of foul balls,'' Rodriguez said. ''I was getting a lot of like 0-2 counts and then going to 3-2. I need to work at putting guys out quicker than that.''

Benintendi's solo homer in the fifth pulled Boston back within 3-2, but the A's tacked on a pair of runs in the eighth.

The game was scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m., but didn't get under way until 8:52 p.m. because of heavy rain and lightning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: To make room on the roster for Piscotty, Oakland optioned RHP Kendall Graveman to Triple-A Nashville.

Red Sox: Placed RHP Carson Smith on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a dislocated pitching shoulder, which he injured during a tantrum Monday night. Smith was upset after Khris Davis led off the eighth inning with a home run to put Oakland up 6-4. ... The Red Sox also recalled LHP Bobby Poyner from Triple-A Pawtucket.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Trevor Cahill (1-1, 2.25 ERA) is expected to get the start after being reinstated from the 10-day disabled list with an impingement in his pitching elbow.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (3-1, 2.17) is coming off a no-decision despite tying a career high with 15 strikeouts while pitching nine innings Friday at Toronto.

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OAK21-21
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BOS28-14
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  • W: D. Mengden (3-4)L: E. Rodriguez (3-1)S: B. Treinen (8)
  • HR: OAK - S. Piscotty (3), BOS - A. Benintendi (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Semien SS51100012.271.322.376.6971.5
C. Pinder LF51100012.265.315.456.7711.5
J. Lowrie 2B40100002.329.383.557.9391.0
K. Davis DH41100023.218.292.485.7771.0
M. Chapman 3B31220101.237.333.441.7747.0
M. Olson 1B20000103.231.323.381.7042.0
M. Canha CF40120013.270.324.510.8343.5
D. Fowler CF00000000.133.188.267.4540.0
S. Piscotty RF41111004.248.304.384.6886.0
J. Lucroy C30100101.295.363.393.7562.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF50010011.349.426.7401.1660.5
    A. Benintendi CF51311001.266.350.442.7929.0
    H. Ramirez DH50100003.282.343.450.7931.0
    J. Martinez LF41100011.344.393.6311.0241.5
    X. Bogaerts SS40200010.308.342.533.8751.5
    M. Moreland 1B30210101.330.404.6261.0306.0
    E. Nunez 2B40000014.233.257.356.613-0.5
    R. Devers 3B41000023.250.291.431.7220.0
    C. Vazquez C30000001.174.224.211.4350.0
    a- B. Holt PH10100000.328.379.508.8872.0
    • a-doubled for Vazquez in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Chapman (4), M. Canha (6)
    • HR - S. Piscotty (3)
    • RBI - M. Chapman 2 (19), M. Canha 2 (18), S. Piscotty (14)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Chapman 2 (7), M. Canha 2 (12)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Benintendi (12), M. Moreland 2 (9), B. Holt (8)
    • HR - A. Benintendi (3)
    • RBI - M. Betts (28), A. Benintendi (22), M. Moreland (21)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (9)
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Chapman (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Bogaerts-Moreland; Devers-Nunez-Moreland)
    • E - E. Nunez (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Mengden (W, 3-4)6.08210313.751.1720.5
    L. Trivino (H, 3)2.01001200.641.295.0
    B. Treinen (S, 8)1.01110101.331.238.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Mengden (W, 3-4)6.0
    L. Trivino (H, 3)2.0
    B. Treinen (S, 8)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Rodriguez (L, 3-1)5.06330414.681.203.0
    S. Wright2.12223107.712.14-0.5
    B. Poyner0.21000002.081.27-1.0
    B. Johnson1.00000006.001.483.0
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Rodriguez (L, 3-1)5.0
    S. Wright2.1
    B. Poyner0.2
    B. Johnson1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - B. Treinen (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 95-62, L. Trivino 30-18, B. Treinen 18-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 6-9, L. Trivino 2-2, B. Treinen 2-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 26, L. Trivino 8, B. Treinen 5
    PITCHING
    • HBP - E. Rodriguez (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 98-68, S. Wright 49-26, B. Poyner 13-7, B. Johnson 18-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 3-7, S. Wright 3-2
    • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 21, S. Wright 11, B. Poyner 3, B. Johnson 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    OAK21-21
    210000020591
    BOS28-14
    0001100013101
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS51100012.271.322.376.6971.5
    C. Pinder LF51100012.265.315.456.7711.5
    J. Lowrie 2B40100002.329.383.557.9391.0
    K. Davis DH41100023.218.292.485.7771.0
    M. Chapman 3B31220101.237.333.441.7747.0
    M. Olson 1B20000103.231.323.381.7042.0
    M. Canha CF40120013.270.324.510.8343.5
    D. Fowler CF00000000.133.188.267.4540.0
    S. Piscotty RF41111004.248.304.384.6886.0
    J. Lucroy C30100101.295.363.393.7562.0
    Total3459513521-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF50010011.349.426.7401.1660.5
      A. Benintendi CF51311001.266.350.442.7929.0
      H. Ramirez DH50100003.282.343.450.7931.0
      J. Martinez LF41100011.344.393.6311.0241.5
      X. Bogaerts SS40200010.308.342.533.8751.5
      M. Moreland 1B30210101.330.404.6261.0306.0
      E. Nunez 2B40000014.233.257.356.613-0.5
      R. Devers 3B41000023.250.291.431.7220.0
      C. Vazquez C30000001.174.224.211.4350.0
      a- B. Holt PH10100000.328.379.508.8872.0
      Total38310311615-----
      • a-doubled for Vazquez in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Chapman (4), M. Canha (6)
      • HR - S. Piscotty (3)
      • RBI - M. Chapman 2 (19), M. Canha 2 (18), S. Piscotty (14)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Chapman 2 (7), M. Canha 2 (12)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Benintendi (12), M. Moreland 2 (9), B. Holt (8)
      • HR - A. Benintendi (3)
      • RBI - M. Betts (28), A. Benintendi (22), M. Moreland (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (9)
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Chapman (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Bogaerts-Moreland; Devers-Nunez-Moreland)
      • E - E. Nunez (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Mengden (W, 3-4)6.08210313.751.1720.5
      L. Trivino (H, 3)2.01001200.641.295.0
      B. Treinen (S, 8)1.01110101.331.238.5
      Total9.01032161---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Mengden (W, 3-4)6.0
      L. Trivino (H, 3)2.0
      B. Treinen (S, 8)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (L, 3-1)5.06330414.681.203.0
      S. Wright2.12223107.712.14-0.5
      B. Poyner0.21000002.081.27-1.0
      B. Johnson1.00000006.001.483.0
      Total9.0955351---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (L, 3-1)5.0
      S. Wright2.1
      B. Poyner0.2
      B. Johnson1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Treinen (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 95-62, L. Trivino 30-18, B. Treinen 18-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 6-9, L. Trivino 2-2, B. Treinen 2-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 26, L. Trivino 8, B. Treinen 5
      PITCHING
      • HBP - E. Rodriguez (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 98-68, S. Wright 49-26, B. Poyner 13-7, B. Johnson 18-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 3-7, S. Wright 3-2
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 21, S. Wright 11, B. Poyner 3, B. Johnson 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Betts grounded out to third, Devers scored53
      • 8TH INNING
        Canha doubled to deep left, Davis and Chapman scored52
      • 5TH INNING
        Benintendi homered to right center32
      • 4TH INNING
        Moreland reached on fielder's choice to first, Martinez scored, Bogaerts out at second31
      • 2ND INNING
        Piscotty homered to left30
      • 1ST INNING
        Chapman doubled to deep right center, Semien and Pinder scored, Chapman to third on 2nd baseman Nunez fielding error20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Brian Johnson relieved Bobby Poyner
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lucroy lined out to shortstop
        • M. Semien: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Semien popped out to first
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pinder flied out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Blake Treinen relieved Lou Trivino
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Devers struck out, reached on wild pitch
        • Brock Holt hit for Christian Vazquez
        • B. Holt: Ball, Holt doubled to left center, Devers to third
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Betts grounded out to third, Devers scored
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi flied out to deep left
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • S. Wright Pitching:
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lowrie grounded out to third
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Davis singled to left
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Chapman singled to left center, Davis to second
        • Bobby Poyner relieved Steven Wright
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Olson flied out to right
        • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Canha doubled to deep left, Davis and Chapman scored
        • Dustin Fowler ran for Mark Canha
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Piscotty flied out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Trivino Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked
        • E. Nunez: Nunez grounded out to catcher
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • S. Wright Pitching:
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy walked
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
        • C. Pinder: Pinder grounded into double play third to second to first, Lucroy out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Lou Trivino relieved Daniel Mengden
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Vazquez flied out to center
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts grounded out to third
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Foul, Benintendi doubled to deep right
        • H. Ramirez: Ramirez popped out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Steven Wright relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Davis flied out to center
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chapman walked
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Olson walked, Chapman to second
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Canha lined out to left
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Piscotty grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Olson out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to third
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Moreland doubled to deep right
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Devers flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Semien grounded out to third
        • C. Pinder: Pinder flied out to right
        • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Foul, Lowrie flied out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Vazquez lined out to shortstop
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi homered to right center
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Martinez flied out to deep right
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Olson hit by pitch
        • M. Canha: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Canha struck out on foul tip
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Piscotty flied out to left
        • J. Lucroy: Foul, Foul, Lucroy grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Olson out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez safe at first on 3rd baseman Chapman fielding error, Martinez to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts singled to left, Martinez to third
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland reached on fielder's choice to first, Martinez scored, Bogaerts out at second
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Moreland out at second
        • R. Devers: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Devers lined out to center
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Lowrie: Lowrie singled to left center
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Chapman grounded into double play shortstop to first, Lowrie out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts lined out to center
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi flied out to left
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Canha flied out to right
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Piscotty homered to left
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lucroy singled to center
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Semien flied out to right
        • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Moreland doubled to deep right
        • E. Nunez: Nunez fouled out to first
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Vazquez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien singled to left center
        • C. Pinder: Pinder singled to right, Semien to second
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Lowrie flied out to deep left
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Ball, Foul, Chapman doubled to deep right center, Semien and Pinder scored, Chapman to third on 2nd baseman Nunez fielding error
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Olson lined out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Betts lined out to center
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Benintendi singled to center
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ramirez popped out to second
        • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Martinez singled to left center, Benintendi to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts reached on an infield single to third, Benintendi out at home
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)