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A’s Sweep Tigers With 3-2 Win

DETROIT (AP) – Daniel Mengden pitched seven scoreless innings, and Marcus Semien homered and drove in three runs, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 win and three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. Mengden (2-1) allowed seven hits and struck out four, extending his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings and helping the A’s to their fourth consecutive win. The 24-year-old right-hander missed the first two months of the season after undergoing offseason foot surgery and was making his fifth major league start this year. Liam Hendriks got the final two outs in the ninth to earn his first save. Anibal Sanchez (3-5) pitched well in a losing effort, allowing three hits and one run in six innings. He struck out eight and walked three. Semien’s double in the third inning brought home Bruce Maxwell, who led off with a double. His two-run homer in the seventh put the A’s up 3-0. Mengden worked out of a few jams. He got Nick Castellanos to fly out to deep right center with two out and runners on the corners in the third. In the fifth, after allowing two-out singles to Alex Presley and Jeimer Candelario, Mengden induced another deep flyout from Miguel Cabrera. Castellanos led off the sixth with a single and advanced on a wild pitch. Mengden got a strikeout and two popouts to leave him stranded. The Tigers threatened in the ninth off Ryan Dull, who allowed a one-out, two-run single to Andrew Romine. Hendriks relieved Dull and got Jose Iglesias to ground into a fielder’s choice before striking out Presley. TRAINER’S ROOM Athletics: C Bruce Maxwell left in the ninth after taking a foul ball to the mask from Iglesias. Maxwell stayed down for a few minutes and was replaced by Josh Phegley. STREAKING Castellanos extended his career-best hitting streak to 17 games with his single in the sixth. … Oakland 1B Matt Olson went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk. He had homered in five straight games entering Wednesday, setting an A’s rookie record. UP NEXT Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman (5-4, 4.39 ERA) faces Texas on Friday. The Rangers have not announced their starter. Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (8-12, 6.18) takes on Minnesota LHP Adalberto Mejia (4-6, 4.62) on Thursday in Detroit.
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A’s Rally From 4 Down, Beat Tigers 9-8

DETROIT (AP) – Jed Lowrie was ready for Alex Wilson. “I’ve faced Alex before, and I know he’s got a good cutter,” Lowrie said. Lowrie hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning, and the Oakland Athletics overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Detroit Tigers 9-8 Tuesday night. “I was able to get on top of it,” Lowrie said. “We ground out a lot of at bats to get back in it, and it ends up as a fun night of baseball.” The start of the game was delayed 15 minutes after afternoon rain, and the nine innings stretched on for 3 hours, 58 minutes. “When it isn’t vital to win a game for a pennant race, it takes some of the energy out of the game,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “Both teams battled all night tonight, though.” Detroit trailed 3-0 in the third inning, then took an 8-4 lead into the seventh, when Ryon Healy hit a bases-loaded grounder to shortstop Jose Iglesias, who bobbled the ball for an error as Lowrie scored. Joey Wendle, Franklin Barreto and Chad Pinder started the eighth with singles off Wilson (2-5), and Lowrie followed with his third career slam. Wilson entered with a 3.07 ERA since moving into the setup role after the Tigers traded Justin Wilson to the Chicago Cubs. “He’s been really good for us all year,” Ausmus said. “The nature of pitching at the back end of the bullpen means that you are going to be in a lot of close games, so when you make a mistake, it probably costs your team the lead.” Miguel Cabrera singled off Chris Hatcher starting the bottom of the eighth and took third on Nicholas Castellanos’ double. But Jeimer Candelario grounded out and, after an intentional walk, Hatcher struck out James McCann and Mikie Mahtook. “The key was the ground out,” Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. “Once Hatch got that, we could move the defense back and play for two. That was a great job of pitching.” Santiago Casilla (4-5) pitched a perfect seventh, and Blake Treinen allowed Alex Presley’s two-out single in the sixth before retiring Andrew Romine on a groundout for his ninth save. Oakland’s Matt Olson homered for the fifth straight game, tying Matt Stairs (1998), Dave Kingman (1986) and George Alusik (1962) for the second-longest streak in Athletics history behind Frank Thomas’s six in 2006. “It’s cool, but honestly, I would like to mix in another hit one of these games,” he said. Olson has 15 home runs in his last 21 games. “I’m done talking about him,” Melvin said. “I don’t have any more adjectives to use for him. I don’t even know what to say.” Alex Presley, Castellanos and Ian Kinsler homered for Detroit. Presley’s homer was the 5,693rd of the major league season, tying the record set in 2000. Kansas City’s Alex Gordon then homered at Toronto to break the mark. Kinsler’s homer was his 20th. Oakland starter Daniel Gossett allowed six runs, nine hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. Tigers starter Chad Bell gave up three runs, five hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. “I was in a great rhythm in the first inning, but I couldn’t keep it going,” Bell said. “I gave up two homers in the second, and then I had some mechanical issues, especially out of the stretch.” TRAINER’S ROOM Athletics: RHP Jharel Cotton could make his next scheduled start despite missing Monday’s game after straining a groin muscle during pregame warmups. Cotton was able to play catch on Tuesday without significant discomfort. Tigers: RHP Jeff Farrell was back with the team, one day after being hit on the head by a 103 mph line drive. Tests showed no fractures, and he is being watched for concussion symptoms. UP NEXT The teams finish their three-game series Wednesday, with Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez (3-4, 7.03) facing Oakland’s Daniel Mengden (1-1, 4.30). Mengden is coming off a two-hit shutout of Philadelphia Phillies. Sanchez allowed one run in six innings against the Chicago White Sox, striking out 11.
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A’s Beat Tigers On Lowrie’s Grand Slam

DETROIT (AP) — Jed Lowrie hit a go-ahead grand slam against Alex Wilson, and the Oakland Athletics overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Detroit Tigers 9-8 Tuesday night. Detroit trailed 3-0 in the third inning, then took an 8-4 lead into the seventh, when Ryon Healy hit a bases-loaded grounder to shortstop Jose Iglesias, who bobbled the ball for an error as Lowrie scored. Joey Wendle, Franklin Barreto and Chad Pinder started the eighth with singles off Wilson (2-5), and Lowrie followed with his third career slam. Miguel Cabrera singled off Chris Hatcher starting the bottom half and took third on Nicholas Castellanos’ double. But Jeimer Candelario grounded out and, after an intentional walk, Hatcher struck out James McCann and Mikie Mahtook. Santiago Casilla (4-5) pitched a perfect seventh, and Blake Treinen allowed Alex Presley’s two-out single in the sixth before retiring Andrew Romine on a groundout for his ninth save. Oakland’s Matt Olson homered for the fifth straight game, tying Matt Stairs (1998), Dave Kingman (1986) and George Alusik (1962) for the second-longest streak in Athletics history behind Frank Thomas’s six in 2006. Olson has 15 home runs in his last 21 games. Alex Presley, Nicholas Castellanos and Ian Kinsler homered for Detroit. Presley’s homer was the 5,693rd of the major league season, tying the record set in 2000. Kansas City’s Alex Gordon then homered at Toronto to break the mark. Kinsler’s home was hit 20th. Oakland starter Daniel Gossett allowed six runs, nine hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. Tigers starter Chad Bell gave up three runs, five hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. The start of the game was delayed 15 minutes after afternoon rain. TRAINER’S ROOM Athletics: RHP Jharel Cotton could make his next scheduled start despite missing Monday’s game after straining a groin muscle during pregame warmups. Cotton was able to play catch on Tuesday without significant discomfort. UP NEXT The teams finish their three-game series Wednesday, with Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez (3-4, 7.03) facing Oakland’s Daniel Mengden (1-1, 4.30). Mengden is coming off a two-hit shutout of Philadelphia Phillies. Sanchez allowed one run in six innings against the Chicago White Sox, striking out 11. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Some Locals Voice Opposition To Laney College Site For A’s Stadium

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A week after the Oakland A’s announced their preferred new stadium site on land that is now the offices of the Peralta Community College District, some area residents told KPIX 5 Tuesday they were not thrilled by that news. “There’s going to be a giant stadium staring us in the face.  And again, we’re just afraid the whole learning environment will change,” said Laney College librarian Evelyn Lord. Opponents held a small protest on Tuesday, saying the new stadium would disrupt the learning process and could one day possibly end up eliminating Laney College altogether. “We believe that ultimately this is gentrification, ok?  And they are trying to uproot our institution,” said Laney College English teacher Roger Porter. As land values around a new stadium would rise, they say the cash-strapped community college district may have a hard time resisting the sale of more of its land to private speculators. It is the same fear that was expressed a few blocks away in Chinatown, where most residents live at or below poverty level. “Rent is gonna significantly and dramatically increase,” said Anya Huang of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network. “And if they can’t afford it they’re gonna be forced to move away or become homeless.” Over the years, Laney College has been named as a good site for a ballpark, but it turns out the A’s haven’t even asked the district if their land is actually available. They sent this letter to the district outlining their interest in the property last Tuesday, the same day they announced their final decision to the public. When asked how the A’s could select the site when they didn’t even know if the community college district would sell it to them, Peralta Community College District spokesman Jeffrey Heyman replied, “You’d have to ask the A’s that question.  As I said, we got the letter of intent on Tuesday. We’re looking at it. No decisions have been made.” KPIX 5 tried to ask the A’s but got no response Tuesday. Meanwhile, as the focus of the new stadium shifts to this site alone, its neighbors are wondering if they have a future here at all.

Olson, Lowrie Lead Oakland To 8-3 Win In Detroit

DETROIT (AP) – Matt Olson homered, Jed Lowrie drove in three runs and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 8-3 on Monday night. Olson became the first A’s player to homer in four straight games since Coco Crisp in 2013, and now has 14 home runs in his last 20 games. Tigers reliever Jeff Ferrell left the game in the eighth inning after getting hit in the head with a line drive off the bat off Ryon Healy. The hit was measured at 102.6 mph by StatCast and hit Ferrell in the right side of the head. He never went down, but jogged immediately toward the Detroit dugout and was escorted to the clubhouse. Ferrell was later taken to a hospital for a precautionary CT scan. He was alert, responsive and walking under his own power, the Tigers announced after the game. Nicholas Castellanos had three hits for the Tigers, extending his career-best hitting streak to 15 games. Raul Alcantara, who started when Jharel Cotton strained his groin during pre-game warmups, pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits. Liam Hendriks (4-2), the third of six Oakland pitchers, got the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Buck Farmer (4-4) allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits in 2 2/3 innings. The Athletics took a 1-0 lead in the first on Lowrie’s career-best 46th double of the season, scoring Marcus Semien. Lowrie is now one double short of matching Jason Giambi’s 2001 record for an Oakland player. Al Simmons holds the overall franchise record with 53 in 1926, when the franchise was still in Philadelphia. Lowrie’s sacrifice fly made it 2-0 in the third. Olson added a two-run homer later in the inning. An error by third baseman Jeimer Candelario kept the inning alive, and Chad Pinder’s RBI double ended Farmer’s day. JaCoby Jones ended the inning with a running catch of Matt Champan’s line drive into the right-center field gap. Lowrie got his third RBI when Artie Lewicki walked him with the bases loaded in the fourth. Jones and Ian Kinsler hit RBI doubles in the fifth, and Kinsler homered in the seventh. TRAINER’S ROOM Athletics: Cotton’s status going forward wasn’t immediately announced. He missed most of July with a blister on his pitching thumb. Tigers: 1B Miguel Cabrera returned to the lineup after leaving Saturday’s game with chronic lower-back tightness and taking Sunday off. … RHP Jordan Zimmermann (neck strain) threw a bullpen session on Monday and could start Thursday against the Kansas City Royals. TRIPLE-A MANAGER FIRED The Tigers announced Monday that Mike Rojas, manager of their Triple-A affiliate in Toledo, will not return for the 2018 season. They did not announce a replacement. UP NEXT The teams play the second of a three-game series Tuesday night with Oakland’s Daniel Gossett (4-9, 5.02) facing Detroit’s Chad Bell (0-3, 6.42). Both pitchers will be facing their opponents for the first time.
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Wendle’s Grand Slam Lifts Athletics To 6-3 Win Over Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Growing up near Philadelphia, Joey Wendle dreamed of coming to the plate and hitting a game-winning home run for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

On Sunday, he beat his hometown team hitting a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 6-3 win over the Phillies.

“I’ve done that plenty of times in backyards, so it was certainly really fun today,” he said.

He was one of three rookies to hit a home run for the Athletics. With the Athletics trailing 3-2 with two outs in the sixth, Wendle lined the first pitch he saw from reliever Edubray Ramos into the right-field seats, quieting the crowd of 28,054. Oakland had loaded the bases with two walks and a single. The grand slam was Wendle’s first home run of the season and the second of his career.

Wendle, who went to high school in West Grove, Pa., said he barely remembered running around the bases.

“It’s one thing to hit a grand slam to put your team ahead. It’s another when you do it at home,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “And this is a close-knit group of guys, especially the younger guys that we brought up and Joey’s been with them, so they were really happy for him.

Fellow rookies Chad Pinder and Matt Olson hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning, erasing an early 2-0 deficit. Olson has homered in three consecutive games and has 17 home runs since Aug. 11.

Sean Manaea (11-10) lasted five innings to earn the win. He gave up three runs and struck out four. Five Oakland relievers combined to throw four hitless innings to preserve the win. Blake Treinen converted his 11th save after a scoreless ninth.

Phillies starter Henderson Alvarez (0-1) made his first start since May 22, 2015 when he was with the Miami Marlins. He worked into the sixth inning but allowed the first two batters he faced to reach base and was removed. Both runners scored on Wendle’s grand slam.

“I liked the movement on his pitches. He had good life on his pitches,” Philadelphia manager Pete Mackanin said. “He made a couple mistakes in that fourth inning, hanging curveball and a fastball.”

The Phillies scored first on a fielding error by Matt Chapman in the first inning. Maikel Franco had three hits, including two RBI singles.

Oakland improved to 66-83 with the victory and has won eight of its last 11 games. The Phillies dropped to 58-91.

LONG TIME COMING

Alvarez missed over two seasons while returning from shoulder surgeries. He signed with but never pitched for the Athletics last year and spent the beginning of 2017 with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League before the Phillies signed him.

Alvarez said through an interpreter that his return was “almost like my first time in the big leagues.”

“A lot of people didn’t believe in me,” he said. “A lot of people thought that my career was over. It’s great to be here and I’m grateful to the Phillies for giving me the opportunity to show not only them, but everyone, that I’m still good, that I can still pitch.”

RECORD USAGE

Alvarez became the 31st pitcher used by the Phillies this season. That broke a team record set in 2015.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: OF Boog Powell missed the game after coming up limping while trying to rob a home run on Saturday night.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Jharel Cotton (8-10, 5.81) takes the hill Monday to start the Athletics’ three-game set vs. the Tigers, who will throw RHP Buck Farmer (4-3, 6.62) in Detroit.

Phillies: RHP Nick Pivetta (5-10, 6.75) pitches Monday at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who toss National League ERA leader LHP Clayton Kershaw (17-3, 2.12). Pivetta debuted against the Dodgers in April, allowing two runs in five innings.


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Wendle’s Grand Slam Lifts A’s to 6-3 Win Over Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joey Wendle hit a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Wendle was one of three rookies to hit a home run for the Athletics. With the Athletics trailing 3-2 with two outs in the sixth, Wendle lined the first pitch he saw from reliever Edubray Ramos into the right-field seats, quieting the crowd of 28,054. Oakland had loaded the bases with two walks and a single. The grand slam was Wendle’s first home run of the season and the second of his career. Fellow rookies Chad Pinder and Matt Olson hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning, erasing an early 2-0 deficit. Olson has homered in three consecutive games and has 17 home runs since Aug. 11. Sean Manaea (11-10) lasted five innings to earn the win. He gave up three runs and struck out four. Five Oakland relievers combined to throw four hitless innings to preserve the win. Blake Treinen picked up his 11th save after a scoreless ninth. Phillies starter Henderson Alvarez (0-1) made his first start since May 22, 2015 when he was with the Miami Marlins. He worked into the sixth inning but allowed the first two batters he faced to reach base and was removed. Both runners scored on Wendle’s grand slam. The Phillies scored first on a fielding error by Matt Chapman in the first inning. Maikel Franco had three hits, including two RBI singles. Oakland improved to 66-83 with the victory and has won eight of its last 11 games. The Phillies dropped to 58-91. LONG TIME COMING Alvarez missed over two seasons while returning from shoulder surgeries. He signed with but never pitched for the Athletics last year and spent the beginning of 2017 with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League before the Phillies signed him. RECORD USAGE Alvarez became the 31st pitcher used by the Phillies this season. That broke a team record set in 2015. UP NEXT A’s: RHP Jharel Cotton (8-10, 5.81) takes the hill Monday to start the Athletics’ three-game set vs. the Tigers, who will throw RHP Buck Farmer (4-3, 6.62) in Detroit. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed

Mengden Tosses 2-Hitter, A’s Shut Out Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Daniel Mengden was dominant in a two-hitter, Matt Olson and Matt Joyce each hit two-run homers and the Oakland Athletics beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 on Friday night. Mengden (1-1) struck out seven and walked none to record his first career shutout in his 18th start. J.P Crawford had both hits off Mengden. The 24-year-old righty cooled down Rhys Hoskins and a hot-hitting lineup that scored 27 runs in a three-game sweep over Miami. Hoskins, who hit 18 homers in his first 34 games, was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. Phillies starter Mark Leiter Jr. (3-6) allowed four runs and seven hits, striking out nine in six innings. Olson hit a shot four rows shy of the third deck in right-center in the first inning, giving the A’s a 2-0 lead on his 19th homer. The blast was estimated at 483 feet. Joyce drove his 24th homer out to right-center in the second for a 4-0 lead. The old-school Mengden, with his handlebar mustache, kept the Phillies off-balance using his herky-jerky delivery and a heavy dose of offspeed pitches and low 90s fastballs. He entered the game with a 2-10 record and 6.59 career ERA. He also got his first career hit, a single off Crawford’s glove in the shortstop hole before Joyce connected. CITY RIVALS Both teams played in Philadelphia until 1954 when the A’s moved to Kansas City. They have met six times in interleague series. Oakland leads the series 9-7. AVOIDING 100 The Phillies (57-90) have to win at least six of their last 15 games to avoid their first 100-loss season since 1961. TRAINER’S ROOM A’s: OF Khris Davis remained on paternity leave. UP NEXT A’s: RHP Kendell Graveman (5-4, 4.48 ERA) makes his seventh career interleague start and first vs. Philadelphia. Graveman has pitched well since Aug. 8, going 3-1 with a 3.92 ERA and the bullpen has blown leads in his three no-decisions in that span. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed

Pomeranz, Benintendi Lead AL East-Leading BoSox Past A’s

BOSTON (AP) — Drew Pomeranz knew it was likely the last batter he’d face. He figured he had to make one of his best pitches. Pomeranz threw six innings of one-run ball, finishing by striking out Matt Olson with the bases loaded, and Andrew Benintendi had three hits and drove in three runs to lead the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox past the Oakland Athletics 6-2 on Thursday. With two outs, a full count and the game tied at 1, Pomeranz got Olson swinging on a high, 92 mph fastball. “In that big situation, making a big pitch is a huge deal when you can wiggle your way out of a jam” Pomeranz said. “He wasn’t chasing the curveball. I got 3-2 on him and I gave all that I have left to make one good pitch and he swung. Luckily, he missed it and that’s what I wanted.” The added reward was that his teammates took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the inning, setting him up for the win. “Another quality start on his part,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “There was a number of big moments in this game and for Drew himself, probably the last pitch he threw today, the strikeout to Olson, that was going to be his last pitch of the day.” Pomeranz (16-5) allowed five hits, walking three and striking out five to raise his record to 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last six starts in Fenway Park. He also tied teammate Chris Sale and two others for the AL lead in victories. Christian Vazquez hit a solo homer and Mitch Moreland added an RBI double for the Red Sox, who have won six of eight. Boston began the day with a three-game lead over the second-place New York Yankees. Ryon Healy hit a solo homer for the A’s, who fell for just the second time in eight games. The loss assured Oakland (64-82) of a losing record for the third straight season. “We had some opportunities, and we had a couple base running mistakes early in the game that cost us,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. Benintendi doubled high off the Green Monster, chasing Daniel Gossett (4-9) and scoring Dustin Pedroia to make it 2-1 in the sixth. Trailing 1-0, Boston tied it when Vazquez’s drive completely left Fenway over the Monster seats leading off the fifth. The A’s had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the inning on Josh Phegley’s sacrifice fly. TRAINER’S ROOM A’s: OF Khris Davis left the team to be with his girlfriend for the expected birth of their first child. STREAK CONTINUES Pedroia extended his hitting streak to 27 games against Oakland. During the streak, which started July 14, 2013, he’s batting .421. FIRST IMPRESSION Gossett gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings in his first career Fenway start. “It was awesome. Great environment, tons of people. Historic park,” he said. “I got to be a part of something special. Not everybody can say that they pitched at Fenway. I got to sign the (Green) Monster, do everything. So that was special.” RUNNING MISTAKES The A’s had two runners cut down on the bases – Chad Pinder in the third and Mark Canha in the fifth – both on cutoff plays on balls hit to the outfield. UP NEXT A’s: RHP Daniel Mengden (0-1, 7.07 ERA) is set to make his first career start against Philadelphia on Friday when the A’s face RHP Mark Leiter Jr. (3-5, 4.84) and the Phillies. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed

Pomeranz, Benintendi Lead AL East-Leading Bosox Past A’s 6-2

BOSTON (AP) – Drew Pomeranz pitched six innings of one-run ball, and Andrew Benintendi had three hits and drove in three runs to lead the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox past the Oakland Athletics 6-2 on Thursday. Christian Vazquez hit a solo homer and Mitch Moreland added an RBI double for the Red Sox, who have won six of eight. Boston began the day with a three-game lead over the second-place New York Yankees. Ryon Healy hit a solo homer for the A’s, who fell for just the second time in eight games. The loss assured Oakland (64-82) of a losing record for the third straight season. Pomeranz (16-5) allowed five hits, walking three and striking out five to raise his record to 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last six starts in Fenway Park. He also tied teammate Chris Sale and two others for the AL lead in victories. Benintendi doubled high off the Green Monster, chasing Daniel Gossett (4-9) and scoring Dustin Pedroia to make it 2-1 in the sixth. Trailing 1-0, Boston tied it when Vazquez’s drive completely left Fenway over the Monster seats leading off the fifth. The A’s had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the inning on Josh Phegley’s sacrifice fly. TRAINER’S ROOM Athletics: OF Khris Davis left the team to be with his girlfriend for the expected birth of their first child. Red Sox: LHP David Price (left elbow inflammation) was activated off the 10-day disabled list. He had been sidelined since July 28. Manager John Farrell said the plan is for him to work out of the bullpen. … Farrell inserted 2B Pedroia into the DH spot to get him off his troublesome left knee that landed him on the DL for nearly two weeks last month and sat struggling regular DH Hanley Ramirez. STREAK CONTINUES Pedroia extended his hitting streak to 27 games against Oakland. During the streak, which started July 14, 2013, he’s batting .421. UP NEXT Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (0-1, 7.07 ERA) is set to make his first career start against Philadelphia on Friday when the A’s face RHP Mark Leiter Jr. (3-5, 4.84) and the Phillies. Red Sox: LHP Sale (16-7, 2.76 ERA) is in line to start against Tampa Bay RHP Matt Andriese (5-3, 4.46) Friday when the Red Sox open their final road trip of the regular season. It’s scheduled to be the Rays’ first home game since Hurricane Irma hit the area last weekend.
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