Jarrod Parker's 6.2 solid innings and home runs by Josh Reddick and Brandon Moss paced the A's to a 6-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox in the first game of their three-game series.
Parker won his fifth game on the year, allowing a single run on six hits and three walks before Sean Doolittle pitched the final 2.1 innings of shutout relief.
The Red Sox jumped on the board quickly with a leadoff double by Daniel Nava and an RBI single by Dustin Pedroia. But Parker induced a double play off of the bat of David Ortiz, and the threat was quelled.
The A's responded in the bottom of the inning with Reddick's home run, a solo shot to right off of Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka, to tie the score.
The A's busted the game open in the second inning, scoring four times. The key in the inning was a three-run blast by Moss, who deposited the first pitch he saw above the scoreboard in right center field. Reddick's sacrifice fly made the score 5-1, and the final run was scored on a Brandon Inge sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
Good: Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick (tie).
Credit must be given where credit is due.
Moss has not been looking particularly well at the plate, but he smoked a good pitch and put the A's ahead. A 2-for-3 performance can only help heading into the rest of this series and beyond.
For Reddick, it was another opportunity to show the Red Sox just what they let get away by hitting his 19th home run of the year. He has definitely been the team MVP in the first half, and his production has not been seen on this side of the Bay Area since Frank Thomas in 2006. All the A's did that year was reach the League Championship Series.
Bad: Jemile Weeks
Is it that alleged sophomore jinx? Could it be pitchers are figuring him out? I do not know for sure, but the numbers do not lie.
Weeks is hitting a paltry .216 and squandered a great opportunity to bust the A's out in the second inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Weeks ran the count to 3-1 before fouling out to the third base side. That has been a theme with the A's second baseman this year, and his 0-for-4 with a strikeout has been another.
Great start against one of the more talented teams in the American League.
The A's finished the halfway point of the schedule with a 39-42 record. They will try to get closer to .500 and win their third straight as Bartolo Colon returns from the disabled list to face Boston's Jon Lester. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.