Betts' grounder hits 3B bag, Bosox end 4-game skid, beat A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Boston ended a long scoreless drought with a big swing from birthday boy Blake Swihart. Mookie Betts then helped the Red Sox snap a four-game losing streak with an even more important - yet, strange - hit.

Manager Alex Cora is just thankful things finally broke the right way this season for the World Series champs after a 1-5 start that included back-to-back shutout losses.

Betts' two-out grounder hit the third base bag and popped into the outfield for a tiebreaking, two-run double in the ninth inning, and the Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 on Wednesday night.

''It has to hit the bag,'' Cora said. ''If not, (A's third baseman Matt Chapman) makes the play. That kid is amazing. At least we found a way for him not to make a play.''

With two outs in the ninth and the score 3-all, Blake Swihart and Jackie Bradley Jr. both singled and advanced on a wild pitch by Fernando Rodney (0-1). Betts then hit a grounder down the line and, with Chapman in position to make a backhanded play, the ball struck the base, bounced high in the air and landed in the outfield grass.

Betts wound up on second, and the AL MVP scored on a triple by Andrew Benintendi.

''That's pretty much the only way you're going to get it by Chapman,'' Betts said. ''He's one of the best, if not the best at third. I was just hoping it hit the base. It's huge. This was definitely a big win.''

One that left A's manager Bob Melvin stunned.

''It was a groundball to third and Chapman was going to get him out,'' Melvin said. ''It's just unfortunate that it hits the base and ends up being two runs. That's the way it goes sometimes.''

Swihart finished with three hits, including his first home run of the season. Mitch Moreland had a key two-run double while J.D. Martinez singled to extend his hitting streak to seven games.

Boston avoided its longest losing streak since 2015 after being shut out in the previous two games. Holt helped preserve the 3-all tie in the eighth with a sharp play on a grounder in the hole.

Matt Barnes (1-0) retired four batters. Ryan Brasier pitched the ninth for his first save.

''The guys kept grinding and doing what we needed to do,'' Barnes said. ''It was a big win.''

Ramon Laureano homered for the A's.

The Red Sox fell behind 3-0 before rallying.

Oakland scored its first run on a bizarre play when Nick Hundley hit a sharp, one-out liner that knocked the glove off Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers' left hand. As his mitt lay on the dirt, Devers fielded the ball barehanded and made a one-hop throw home to Swihart, but the catcher couldn't hang on as Kendrys Morales slid in safely.

STOPPING THE SKID

The Red Sox avoided their longest losing streak since July 2015 when they lost eight straight. Boston was the only team in 2018 to not have a losing streak longer than four games.

ARE THEY AIMING AT HIM?

Umpire Kerwin Danley has had a rough series, literally. While manning second base, Danley was hit by a throw from the outfield by Bradley following a single by Jurickson Profar in the second inning. On Tuesday, Danley was at third when he was hit by a line drive by Oakland's Stephen Piscotty, one day after being hit by foul ball while working behind the plate.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: 1B/OF Steve Pearce has rejoined the team and is likely to be activated off the injured list before Thursday's game. Last year's World Series MVP has been out since March 25 with a left calf strain. ... SS Xander Bogaerts was held out of the lineup a day after fouling a ball off his foot, although Cora said Bogaerts was due for a planned day off regardless.

Athletics: Chapman was hit on his left wrist by a slider from Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi in the first inning but stayed in the game.

UP NEXT

Oakland's Brett Anderson (1-0, 0.00) takes a 34 1/3-inning scoreless streak at the Coliseum into Thursday's series finale and will oppose Boston's Eduardo Rodriguez (0-1, 10.38) in a matchup of lefties. Rodriguez has allowed three earned runs or fewer in four career starts against the A's.

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BOS2-5
000012003691
010200000351
  • W: M. Barnes (1-0)L: F. Rodney (0-1)S: R. Brasier (1)
  • HR: BOS - B. Swihart (1), OAK - R. Laureano (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF42120101.226.273.387.6607.0
A. Benintendi LF50110012.160.241.240.4813.5
R. Devers 3B51000012.241.313.310.6230.5
J. Martinez DH30100110.357.419.571.9911.5
M. Moreland 1B40120011.286.400.571.9713.5
E. Nunez 2B40100003.150.150.200.3500.0
B. Holt SS30000012.000.182.000.1820.5
B. Swihart C42311002.429.556.8571.4139.0
J. Bradley CF41100021.185.185.222.4071.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Grossman LF50000014.211.250.211.461-0.5
    M. Chapman 3B40000004.303.425.6361.0611.0
    S. Piscotty RF30000201.200.282.314.5962.0
    K. Davis DH40000023.212.297.667.964-1.0
    K. Morales 1B31100110.214.353.214.5672.5
    J. Profar 2B40100011.139.162.222.3840.5
    M. Semien SS21100200.344.432.500.9326.0
    R. Laureano CF41121024.161.161.355.5166.0
    N. Hundley C30110001.188.188.188.3752.0
    a- C. Pinder PH00000000.238.261.476.7371.0
    • a-hit by pitch for Hundley in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts (2), M. Moreland (3)
    • 3B - A. Benintendi
    • HR - B. Swihart
    • RBI - M. Betts 2 (3), A. Benintendi (3), M. Moreland 2 (5), B. Swihart (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts 2 (2), A. Benintendi, B. Swihart
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi, R. Devers, B. Holt 2 (2), B. Swihart 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • HR - R. Laureano (2)
    • RBI - R. Laureano 2 (3), N. Hundley
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Chapman 3 (3), S. Piscotty, K. Davis, J. Profar, R. Laureano, N. Hundley
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - E. Nunez
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Semien
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Devers-Moreland)
    • E - B. Swihart (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Profar (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Eovaldi5.04334318.101.805.5
    C. Brewer1.20001200.001.363.0
    M. Barnes (W, 1-0)1.11000200.000.4310.0
    R. Brasier (S, 1)1.00000000.000.6710.0
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Eovaldi5.0
    C. Brewer1.2
    M. Barnes (W, 1-0)1.1
    R. Brasier (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Estrada5.12322312.760.8010.5
    R. Buchter (BS, 2)0.01000003.862.14-1.0
    J. Wendelken1.21000101.500.502.5
    J. Soria1.000002011.252.254.0
    F. Rodney (L, 0-1)0.243301010.382.77-11.5
    Y. Petit0.11000000.001.50-1.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Estrada5.1
    R. Buchter (BS, 2)0.0
    J. Wendelken1.2
    J. Soria1.0
    F. Rodney (L, 0-1)0.2
    Y. Petit0.1
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Brewer (2)
    • HBP - N. Eovaldi, R. Brasier
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Eovaldi 96-51, C. Brewer 24-12, M. Barnes 21-11, R. Brasier 20-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Eovaldi 8-3, C. Brewer 3-1, M. Barnes 1-1, R. Brasier 2-1
    • Batters Faced - N. Eovaldi 23, C. Brewer 7, M. Barnes 5, R. Brasier 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - F. Rodney
    • HBP - M. Estrada (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 91-53, R. Buchter 1-1, J. Wendelken 25-16, J. Soria 16-10, F. Rodney 31-18, Y. Petit 4-2
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 5-9, J. Wendelken 2-2
    • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 22, R. Buchter, J. Wendelken 6, J. Soria 3, F. Rodney 5, Y. Petit 2
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    BOS2-5
    000012003691
    010200000351
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF42120101.226.273.387.6607.0
    A. Benintendi LF50110012.160.241.240.4813.5
    R. Devers 3B51000012.241.313.310.6230.5
    J. Martinez DH30100110.357.419.571.9911.5
    M. Moreland 1B40120011.286.400.571.9713.5
    E. Nunez 2B40100003.150.150.200.3500.0
    B. Holt SS30000012.000.182.000.1820.5
    B. Swihart C42311002.429.556.8571.4139.0
    J. Bradley CF41100021.185.185.222.4071.0
    Total3669612714-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      R. Grossman LF50000014.211.250.211.461-0.5
      M. Chapman 3B40000004.303.425.6361.0611.0
      S. Piscotty RF30000201.200.282.314.5962.0
      K. Davis DH40000023.212.297.667.964-1.0
      K. Morales 1B31100110.214.353.214.5672.5
      J. Profar 2B40100011.139.162.222.3840.5
      M. Semien SS21100200.344.432.500.9326.0
      R. Laureano CF41121024.161.161.355.5166.0
      N. Hundley C30110001.188.188.188.3752.0
      a- C. Pinder PH00000000.238.261.476.7371.0
      Total3235315718-----
      • a-hit by pitch for Hundley in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (2), M. Moreland (3)
      • 3B - A. Benintendi
      • HR - B. Swihart
      • RBI - M. Betts 2 (3), A. Benintendi (3), M. Moreland 2 (5), B. Swihart (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts 2 (2), A. Benintendi, B. Swihart
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi, R. Devers, B. Holt 2 (2), B. Swihart 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - R. Laureano (2)
      • RBI - R. Laureano 2 (3), N. Hundley
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Chapman 3 (3), S. Piscotty, K. Davis, J. Profar, R. Laureano, N. Hundley
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - E. Nunez
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Semien
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Devers-Moreland)
      • E - B. Swihart (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Profar (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Eovaldi5.04334318.101.805.5
      C. Brewer1.20001200.001.363.0
      M. Barnes (W, 1-0)1.11000200.000.4310.0
      R. Brasier (S, 1)1.00000000.000.6710.0
      Total9.0533571---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Eovaldi5.0
      C. Brewer1.2
      M. Barnes (W, 1-0)1.1
      R. Brasier (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Estrada5.12322312.760.8010.5
      R. Buchter (BS, 2)0.01000003.862.14-1.0
      J. Wendelken1.21000101.500.502.5
      J. Soria1.000002011.252.254.0
      F. Rodney (L, 0-1)0.243301010.382.77-11.5
      Y. Petit0.11000000.001.50-1.0
      Total9.0965271---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Estrada5.1
      R. Buchter (BS, 2)0.0
      J. Wendelken1.2
      J. Soria1.0
      F. Rodney (L, 0-1)0.2
      Y. Petit0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Brewer (2)
      • HBP - N. Eovaldi, R. Brasier
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Eovaldi 96-51, C. Brewer 24-12, M. Barnes 21-11, R. Brasier 20-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Eovaldi 8-3, C. Brewer 3-1, M. Barnes 1-1, R. Brasier 2-1
      • Batters Faced - N. Eovaldi 23, C. Brewer 7, M. Barnes 5, R. Brasier 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - F. Rodney
      • HBP - M. Estrada (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 91-53, R. Buchter 1-1, J. Wendelken 25-16, J. Soria 16-10, F. Rodney 31-18, Y. Petit 4-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 5-9, J. Wendelken 2-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 22, R. Buchter, J. Wendelken 6, J. Soria 3, F. Rodney 5, Y. Petit 2
      • 9TH INNING
        Benintendi tripled to deep right, Betts scored63
        Betts doubled to shallow left, Swihart and Bradley scored53
      • 6TH INNING
        Moreland doubled to right, Betts and Devers scored, Martinez to third33
      • 5TH INNING
        Swihart homered to center13
      • 4TH INNING
        Laureano homered to center, Semien scored03
      • 2ND INNING
        Hundley reached on an infield single to third, Morales scored, Profar to third, Semien to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Fernando Rodney relieved Joakim Soria
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nunez singled to shallow center
        • B. Holt: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball (pitchout), Nunez caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop to first, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Holt struck out swinging
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Swihart singled to right center
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bradley singled to shallow left, Swihart to second
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Swihart to third, Bradley to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Betts doubled to shallow left, Swihart and Bradley scored
        • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Fernando Rodney
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi tripled to deep right, Betts scored
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Devers flied out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Brasier relieved Matt Barnes
        • Chad Pinder hit for Nick Hundley
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pinder hit by pitch
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Grossman reached on fielder's choice to second, Pinder out at second
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Chapman flied out to deep center
        • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Piscotty grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joakim Soria relieved J.B. Wendelken
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers flied out to center
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Barnes Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Profar flied out to left
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Semien singled to shallow center
        • R. Laureano: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Semien stole second, Semien to third on catcher Swihart throwing error, Ball, Laureano grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Wendelken Pitching:
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Swihart singled to right center
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts lined out to center
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Benintendi fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Brewer Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Grossman flied out to center
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Chapman grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Piscotty walked
        • Matt Barnes relieved Colten Brewer
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts walked
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Devers reached on fielder's choice to second, Betts to third on 2nd baseman Profar throwing error
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked, Devers to second
        • Ryan Buchter relieved Marco Estrada
        • M. Moreland: Moreland doubled to right, Betts and Devers scored, Martinez to third
        • J.B. Wendelken relieved Ryan Buchter
        • E. Nunez: Strike swinging, Ball, Nunez grounded out to third
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Holt grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • Colten Brewer relieved Nathan Eovaldi
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
        • M. Semien: Semien grounded out to second
        • R. Laureano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Laureano struck out, reached on wild pitch
        • N. Hundley: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hundley grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Laureano out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez fouled out to third
        • B. Holt: Strike swinging, Foul, Holt grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Swihart homered to center
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Davis: Davis lined out to third
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Morales grounded out to first
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Devers fouled out to third
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez flied out to left
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moreland popped out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien walked
        • R. Laureano: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Laureano homered to center, Semien scored
        • N. Hundley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hundley grounded out to second
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Grossman grounded out to first
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chapman grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Bradley popped out to third
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts grounded out to third
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi popped out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • S. Piscotty: Piscotty lined out to center
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • K. Morales: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Morales walked
        • J. Profar: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Profar grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez singled to left
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland fouled out to third
        • E. Nunez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Nunez lined out to center
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Holt hit by pitch, Martinez to second
        • B. Swihart: Swihart flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Morales singled to shallow left
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Profar singled to shallow center, Morales to third
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Semien walked, Profar to second
        • R. Laureano: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Laureano struck out swinging
        • N. Hundley: Hundley reached on an infield single to third, Morales scored, Profar to third, Semien to second
        • R. Grossman: Grossman flied out to center
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Chapman grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Hundley out at second
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts grounded out to third
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to pitcher
        • R. Devers: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Devers struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Chapman hit by pitch
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Piscotty walked, Chapman to second
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Davis grounded out to third, Chapman out at third, Piscotty to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)