Oakland A's: 5 Important Takeaways from Boston Red Sox Series

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Oakland A's: 5 Important Takeaways from Boston Red Sox Series
Tony Avelar/Associated Press

So close. So exciting. Even in defeat, the Oakland A’s know how to entertain their fans. And more importantly, they know how to keep their opponents from feeling comfortable and confident.

Though Oakland lost 7-6 on Sunday in 10 innings against the Boston Red Sox, the A’s managed to win three of four in the series.

And it was nearly a sweep, as Oakland clawed back from a 6-1 deficit to tie the game in the ninth, only to lose in the top of the 10th when Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz smacked a tie-breaking solo shot off A’s reliever Fernando Abad.

The fever didn’t die down until after closer Sean Doolittle pinch hit with two outs in the 10th—he grounded out to end the game.

Despite the loss, the A’s still own the best record in the majors, 47-29, and a respectable five-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West.

Here are five key takeaways from the Oakland A’s series against the Boston Red Sox.

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