For a moment, it appeared that the A's might pull off a comeback bigger than the New York Yankees' rally in Fenway Park on April 21st. But it was not to be.Even after loading the bases with no outs in the 8th, the A's could not score and would fall to the Red Sox 11-6.
Tom Milone took the loss, getting pounded for eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings. David Ortiz hit two home runs for the Sox who led 11-1 at one point. Josh Reddick was the offensive star for the A's, getting two hits, including his fourth home run, and driving in three runs. Coco Crisp also drove in two runs for the A's.
This game got out of hand early as the Red Sox scored a total of six runs in the second and third innings. After the A's took a 1-0 lead on a Cliff Pennington single, Ortiz led off the second with his fifth home run of the year. The A's defense let them down as Jemile Weeks bounced a routine throw to first that Daric Barton could not dig out, allowing the final run of the second inning to score.
Darnell McDonald's two run home run in the third busted the game open. The Red Sox would score five runs in the fifth, the last three coming on a three run home run by Boston shortstop Mike Aviles.
The A's rallied for five runs of their own in the seventh. After Crisp hit a single to shallow right that scored a pair, Reddick hit a blast into the right field bullpen scoring three. With the bases loaded in the eighth, Crisp struck out swinging and Reddick hit a soft flare that Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia managed to turn into an unassisted double play.
In his A's debut, third baseman Brandon Inge went 1-3 with a walk.
Good: Josh Reddick. Great return to Fenway against his former team. With Andrew Bailey continuing to languish on the disabled list, Reddick's acquisition gets smarter by the day. He hit a good pitch in the eighth inning, but Pedroia made a better play.
Bad: Tom Milone. He had a little bad luck, but this was truly his first bad start. He had bad location on a few pitches and the Red Sox, even without Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury, made him pay.
Ugly: Seth Smith. Four at-bats. Four strikeouts. Rough night is an understatement. Hitting .197, the early returns are less than satisfactory for Smith.
Now 11-13, the A's continue the series in Boston Tuesday night. Starter Jarrod Parker makes his second start against Boston's Felix Doubront. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m.