This was a terrible game that concluded a terrible series for the Red Sox. Things looked bleak heading into the game with a matchup of Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 5.10) and Brett Anderson (2-0, 0.64) and it showed very quickly. After a scoreless top of the first for the Red Sox, the A’s got to business in the bottom of the first when Coco Crisp walked to lead things off. Crisp quickly scored when Seth Smith crushed a high home run to center field to make it 2-0. They tacked another run on in the bottom of the second when Stephen Drew demolished a hanging sinker, sending it well into the seats in right-center.
That was all the A’s got in the second, but they just kept rolling in the third, putting runners at the corners with no outs. They got a run on a Josh Reddick sac fly and proceeded to load the bases in the inning, scoring once more on an RBI single for Stephen Drew. That was the end of that inning, but the A’s were by no means done as they went on to load the bases with one out in the fourth. Yoenis Cespedes‘s groundout extended the A’s’ lead to 6-0 and Dice-K was taken out at that point after allowing 6 runs in 3.2 innings.
It took a little while but in the sixth, the Red Sox finally got going. They got the bases loaded with one out before Cody Ross singled to left, scoring one easily before Scott Podsednik was nailed at the plate on a great throw by Cespedes. It stayed 6-1 until the ninth when the Red Sox picked up their second run on a sac fly for Mauro Gomez. However, it wasn’t nearly enough to come back as the Red Sox fell 6-2.