Laureano nails another Red Sox runner, Athletics win 7-3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) When the reigning AL MVP openly regrets challenging you, that's pretty high praise.

Center fielder Ramon Laureano threw out another Red Sox runner in a key spot, and the Oakland Athletics kept Boston stumbling with a 7-3 win on Thursday.

Laureano tossed out three runners as the A's took three of four in the series.

''Rarely do you see three impactful plays like that in a series, because sometimes they stop running on you, but they continued to be aggressive on him, and every time he made a different play from the one before - but all big plays in the course of a game,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said.

''It's tough to keep finding adjectives for Ramon's throwing, but it's one of a kind,'' he said.

Mookie Betts led off the Red Sox ninth inning with a walk and tried to take third when Andrew Benintendi followed with a bloop single. But Laureano charged the ball hard and threw on the run to catch Betts, with the out call being upheld on replay.

''I should have known,'' Betts said. ''He's pretty much thrown everybody out. That's what my instincts told me to do and I should have let myself know before anything even happened that my run meant nothing.''

On Tuesday night, Laureano threw out Xander Bogaerts at third as he tried to stretch a double in the ninth inning of a game Oakland won 1-0. On Monday night, Laureano threw out Bogaerts at the plate early in a 7-0 win for the A's.

The 24-year-old Laureano made his major league debut last year. He now has 12 assists in only 57 games in the outfield with the A's.

''It's a bad decision and he knows it,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said of Betts' base-running blunder.

''The three plays were bang-bang plays, but that one right there can't happen and he knows it. He came up to me, and for how great a player he is, he makes mistakes and he owned it. He came up to me and said `that's my fault.'''

Why would anyone challenge Laureano?

''They might, I don't why they would, but they might,'' Stephen Piscotty said. ''I was shocked to see it ... The guy's got a cannon and he's laser accurate.''

Piscotty led the A's offense as he went 4 for 4 with a home run, double and five RBIs to help Oakland win for the fifth time in six games.

The Red Sox fell to 2-6, the worst start for a defending World Series champion since the stripped-down Marlins struggled in 1998. J.D. Martinez homered for Boston.

Brett Anderson (2-0) gave up three runs and eight hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Anderson walked home two runs in the first inning. Martinez connected for his third home run in the third, making it 3-0.

The A's tied it in the third on Piscotty's three-run homer off Eduardo Rodriguez (0-2). Rodriguez gave up six runs and eight hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Piscotty got a gift two-run double with two outs in a three-run third. Oakland had runners at second and third when Piscotty hit a fly to the warning track that split Jackie Bradley Jr. in center and Betts in right - neither outfielder called for the ball and it landed between them, bouncing over the fence for a double.

''The whole game was unusual,'' Cora said when asked about the outfield miscommunication.

''You didn't see that last year, but last year was last year ... We have to play better, that's the bottom line.''

A's relievers Lou Trivino, Joakim Soria and Liam Hendriks combined for 3 2/3 innings of shutout ball.

SHORT HOPS

Martinez has hit safely in all eight games for Boston. ... Rodriguez recorded his 500th career strikeout in the first when he got Khris Davis swinging to end the inning. ... The Red Sox are 16-38 in their past 54 games at Oakland and 3-13-1 in their past 17 full series at the Coliseum.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: 1B Steve Pearce (left calf strain) was activated from the injured list and was in the lineup. The 2018 World Series MVP was 1 for 4 and struck out three times.

Athletics: A day after being hit by a pitch on his surgically repaired left wrist, 3B Matt Chapman was out of the lineup on Thursday but came into the game in the eighth inning. Manager Bob Melvin said the move was precautionary. Chapman underwent left wrist surgery in 2015. ... Utilityman Chad Pinder took Chapman's spot at third. ... 1B Matt Olson (right hand surgery) took ground balls for third time on Thursday.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (0-1, 13.50 ERA) will start Friday's series opener in Arizona. Porcello gave up nine runs (four earned) in 2 2/3 innings in his season debut on March 31 against Seattle.

Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas (1-0, 1.50) will start Friday's series opener in Houston. Montas gave up one run in six innings of one-hit ball in his first start against the Angels on March 31.

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BOS2-6
2010000003100
00330100X7130
  • W: B. Anderson (2-0)L: E. Rodriguez (0-2)
  • HR: BOS - J. Martinez (3), OAK - S. Piscotty (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF31100221.235.316.382.6983.0
A. Benintendi LF41200011.207.273.276.5492.5
S. Pearce 1B40100035.250.250.250.500-0.5
a- M. Moreland PH10000001.273.385.545.9300.0
J. Martinez DH51211001.364.417.6361.0537.0
X. Bogaerts SS20110200.280.379.520.8994.0
E. Nunez 3B30000005.130.130.174.3040.0
b- B. Swihart PH-C10100000.500.600.8751.4751.0
B. Holt 2B30110102.083.267.083.3503.0
C. Vazquez C30000004.190.227.429.6560.0
c- R. Devers PH-3B10000001.233.303.300.6030.0
J. Bradley CF40100012.194.194.226.4192.5
  • a-lined out for Pearce in the 9th
  • b-singled for Nunez in the 8th
  • c-hit into fielder's choice for Vazquez in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Grossman LF51110011.208.240.250.4903.5
M. Semien SS42100102.333.429.472.9014.0
S. Piscotty RF41451100.282.364.487.85115.0
K. Davis DH40210122.243.333.649.9823.0
C. Pinder 3B-2B40100005.240.259.440.6991.0
M. Canha 1B40100002.154.421.385.8061.0
J. Profar 2B40000012.125.146.200.346-0.5
M. Chapman 3B00000000.303.425.6361.0610.0
R. Laureano CF31100101.176.200.353.5535.0
J. Phegley C42200011.235.235.294.5294.5
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Martinez (3)
    • SH - A. Benintendi
    • RBI - J. Martinez (8), X. Bogaerts (2), B. Holt
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Holt
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi, S. Pearce 3 (3), J. Martinez, B. Holt, C. Vazquez 3 (3), J. Bradley
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Grossman, S. Piscotty (2), J. Phegley
    • HR - S. Piscotty (2)
    • RBI - R. Grossman, S. Piscotty 5 (9), K. Davis (10)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Piscotty 2 (5), K. Davis (7)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Davis 2 (2), C. Pinder 4 (4), M. Canha, R. Laureano, J. Phegley
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Bradley (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - R. Laureano
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Holt-Bogaerts-Pearce)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - R. Grossman, R. Laureano (3)
    • DP - (Semien-Profar-Canha)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Rodriguez (L, 0-2)3.286632112.382.75-12.0
    H. Velazquez2.14110104.761.411.5
    H. Hembree2.01001203.381.695.0
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Rodriguez (L, 0-2)3.2
    H. Velazquez2.1
    H. Hembree2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Anderson (W, 2-0)5.18334312.381.508.5
    L. Trivino (H, 4)0.20000200.000.301.0
    J. Soria1.00000109.001.803.5
    L. Hendriks2.02001101.691.693.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Anderson (W, 2-0)5.1
    L. Trivino (H, 4)0.2
    J. Soria1.0
    L. Hendriks2.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - E. Rodriguez
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 84-51, H. Velazquez 33-24, H. Hembree 30-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 2-7, H. Velazquez 2-3
    • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 22, H. Velazquez 10, H. Hembree 8
    PITCHING
    • IBB - B. Anderson
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 101-62, L. Trivino 14-9, J. Soria 13-8, L. Hendriks 32-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 6-6, L. Hendriks 2-2
    • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 27, L. Trivino 2, J. Soria 3, L. Hendriks 8
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    2010000003100
    00330100X7130
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF31100221.235.316.382.6983.0
    A. Benintendi LF41200011.207.273.276.5492.5
    S. Pearce 1B40100035.250.250.250.500-0.5
    a- M. Moreland PH10000001.273.385.545.9300.0
    J. Martinez DH51211001.364.417.6361.0537.0
    X. Bogaerts SS20110200.280.379.520.8994.0
    E. Nunez 3B30000005.130.130.174.3040.0
    b- B. Swihart PH-C10100000.500.600.8751.4751.0
    B. Holt 2B30110102.083.267.083.3503.0
    C. Vazquez C30000004.190.227.429.6560.0
    c- R. Devers PH-3B10000001.233.303.300.6030.0
    J. Bradley CF40100012.194.194.226.4192.5
    Total34310315723-----
    • a-lined out for Pearce in the 9th
    • b-singled for Nunez in the 8th
    • c-hit into fielder's choice for Vazquez in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Grossman LF51110011.208.240.250.4903.5
    M. Semien SS42100102.333.429.472.9014.0
    S. Piscotty RF41451100.282.364.487.85115.0
    K. Davis DH40210122.243.333.649.9823.0
    C. Pinder 3B-2B40100005.240.259.440.6991.0
    M. Canha 1B40100002.154.421.385.8061.0
    J. Profar 2B40000012.125.146.200.346-0.5
    M. Chapman 3B00000000.303.425.6361.0610.0
    R. Laureano CF31100101.176.200.353.5535.0
    J. Phegley C42200011.235.235.294.5294.5
    Total36713714516-----
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Martinez (3)
      • SH - A. Benintendi
      • RBI - J. Martinez (8), X. Bogaerts (2), B. Holt
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Holt
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi, S. Pearce 3 (3), J. Martinez, B. Holt, C. Vazquez 3 (3), J. Bradley
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Grossman, S. Piscotty (2), J. Phegley
      • HR - S. Piscotty (2)
      • RBI - R. Grossman, S. Piscotty 5 (9), K. Davis (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Piscotty 2 (5), K. Davis (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Davis 2 (2), C. Pinder 4 (4), M. Canha, R. Laureano, J. Phegley
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Bradley (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Laureano
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Holt-Bogaerts-Pearce)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - R. Grossman, R. Laureano (3)
      • DP - (Semien-Profar-Canha)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (L, 0-2)3.286632112.382.75-12.0
      H. Velazquez2.14110104.761.411.5
      H. Hembree2.01001203.381.695.0
      Total8.01377451---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (L, 0-2)3.2
      H. Velazquez2.1
      H. Hembree2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Anderson (W, 2-0)5.18334312.381.508.5
      L. Trivino (H, 4)0.20000200.000.301.0
      J. Soria1.00000109.001.803.5
      L. Hendriks2.02001101.691.693.5
      Total9.01033571---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Anderson (W, 2-0)5.1
      L. Trivino (H, 4)0.2
      J. Soria1.0
      L. Hendriks2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - E. Rodriguez
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 84-51, H. Velazquez 33-24, H. Hembree 30-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 2-7, H. Velazquez 2-3
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 22, H. Velazquez 10, H. Hembree 8
      PITCHING
      • IBB - B. Anderson
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 101-62, L. Trivino 14-9, J. Soria 13-8, L. Hendriks 32-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 6-6, L. Hendriks 2-2
      • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 27, L. Trivino 2, J. Soria 3, L. Hendriks 8
      • 6TH INNING
        Davis singled to center, Semien scored, Piscotty to second37
      • 4TH INNING
        Piscotty doubled to deep right center, Phegley and Grossman scored36
        Grossman doubled to right, Laureano scored, Phegley to third34
      • 3RD INNING
        Piscotty homered to center, Phegley and Semien scored33
        Martinez homered to right30
      • 1ST INNING
        Holt walked, Benintendi scored, Martinez to third, Bogaerts to second20
        Bogaerts walked, Betts scored, Benintendi to third, Martinez to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • L. Hendriks Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts walked
        • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi singled to center, Betts out at third, Benintendi to second
        • Mitch Moreland hit for Steve Pearce
        • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moreland lined out to right
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Martinez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Liam Hendriks relieved Joakim Soria
        • Matt Chapman at third base
        • Blake Swihart hit for Eduardo Nunez
        • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Swihart singled to right
        • B. Holt: Holt flied out to left
        • Rafael Devers hit for Christian Vazquez
        • R. Devers: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Devers reached on fielder's choice to third, Swihart out at second
        • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Hembree Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Grossman flied out to left
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien lined out to right
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Piscotty walked
        • K. Davis: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Joakim Soria relieved Lou Trivino
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Pearce struck out looking
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez flied out to left
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts popped out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Heath Hembree relieved Hector Velazquez
        • M. Canha: Canha flied out to shallow left
        • J. Profar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Profar lined out to right
        • R. Laureano: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Laureano singled to left
        • J. Phegley: Ball, Laureano stole second, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Phegley struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Foul, Foul, Vazquez lined out to center
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bradley singled to center
        • Lou Trivino relieved Brett Anderson
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Betts struck out looking, Bradley stole second
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Velazquez Pitching:
        • J. Phegley: Phegley fouled out to first
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
        • M. Semien: Foul, Semien singled to right
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Piscotty reached on an infield single to second, Semien to second
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Davis singled to center, Semien scored, Piscotty to second
        • C. Pinder: Pinder fouled out to first
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez flied out to center
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to left
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Nunez fouled out to first
        • B. Holt: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Holt grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Velazquez Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Canha singled to left
        • J. Profar: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Profar grounded out to shortstop, Canha out at second
        • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Laureano flied out to right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Holt singled to center
        • C. Vazquez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Vazquez grounded out to third, Holt to second
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Bradley flied out to left
        • M. Betts: Betts intentionally walked
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi reached on an infield single to second, Holt to third, Betts to second
        • S. Pearce: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Profar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Profar struck out looking
        • R. Laureano: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Laureano walked
        • J. Phegley: Foul, Strike swinging, Phegley reached on an infield single to third, Laureano to second
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Foul, Grossman doubled to right, Laureano scored, Phegley to third
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Semien flied out to center
        • S. Piscotty: Piscotty doubled to deep right center, Phegley and Grossman scored
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis intentionally walked
        • Hector Velazquez relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
        • C. Pinder: Foul, Ball, Pinder grounded into fielder's choice to third, Piscotty out at third
        • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Pearce singled to deep left, Pearce out at second
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez homered to right
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bogaerts walked
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Nunez grounded out to second, Bogaerts out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Phegley: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Phegley doubled to left
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Grossman flied out to right, Phegley to third
        • M. Semien: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Semien walked
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Piscotty homered to center, Phegley and Semien scored
        • K. Davis: Davis singled to center
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pinder flied out to deep right
        • M. Canha: Canha flied out to right
        • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bradley grounded out to second
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Betts struck out looking
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Benintendi flied out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pinder singled to center
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Canha popped out to first
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Profar reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Pinder out at second
        • R. Laureano: Ball, Strike looking, Laureano grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Betts singled to right
        • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Benintendi hit sacrifice bunt to second, Betts to second
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • J. Martinez: Martinez singled to right, Betts to third, Benintendi to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked, Betts scored, Benintendi to third, Martinez to second
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez fouled out to first
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Holt walked, Benintendi scored, Martinez to third, Bogaerts to second
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Vazquez grounded into fielder's choice to second, Holt out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grossman flied out to right
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien lined out to right
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Piscotty singled to left
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)