Brandon McCarthy was good and Ryan Cook was great in his relief.
Cook struck out Adrian Gonzalez with the bases loaded to end the seventh inning, and backed by McCarthy's 6.2 innings of one-run ball, the Oakland A's beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2 to win their three-game series at Fenway Park.
McCarthy allowed five hits and three walks while striking out four. His 113 pitches were a season high as he kept the potent Red Sox lineup at bay long enough for Cook to enter. The Clovis native retired the Sox in order in the eighth, and Brian Fuentes pitched the ninth for his first save of the year.
Offensively, the A's were sparked by Seth Smith, who had an RBI single in the fourth and an RBI double in the sixth. Doubles by Kila Ka'aihue and newcomer Brandon Inge gave the A's a 4-0 lead they would not relinquish as they pulled back to .500 on the season.
The Red Sox scored their first run on a Marlon Byrd sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the ninth, Dustin Pedroia doubled off of Fuentes to score Mike Aviles, but Adrian Gonzalez bounced out to Brandon Inge to end the game.
Good: Seth Smith. McCarthy had a good start, but it was nice to see Smith show signs of the hitter the A's acquired from Colorado. He put two good swings on decent pitches to drive in a pair of runs.
Bad: Coco Crisp. After going 0-for-4 today, he is now batting .194 on the season. There is just not enough production to warrant his place in the lineup considering the less expensive alternatives in Michael Taylor and Colin Cowgill.
Now 13-13, the A's will have Thursday off and resume with a three-game series in St. Petersburg against the Tampa Bay Rays. The scheduled starters for Friday's opener are Tyson Ross and Tampa's David Price. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. PT.
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