Wakefield denied again as A's pound Red SoxAug 27, 2011 - 4:45 AM
Josh Willingham homered and knocked in four runs, Scott Sizemore blasted a two-run homer and David DeJesus knocked in three in Oakland's seventh win in 10 games.
Gio Gonzalez (11-11) lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five for the win.
Wakefield (6-6) allowed eight runs -- four earned -- on eight hits and two walks through four innings. He has not won since July 24 and has allowed 28 runs -- 21 earned -- over his last six starts.
"I think the biggest disappointment is I didn't get deep in the game. I've got to take my personal numbers now and throw them out the window right now," said Wakefield. "That win will eventually happen hopefully but I think the thing I pride the most is giving the club quality innings and get late in the game and not have to use the bullpen like we did tonight."
David Ortiz went 3-for-4 with a solo home run as Boston had its three-game win streak snapped. Outfielder Darnell McDonald pitched the ninth inning, allowing two runs.
"It was a bad day, man. We just got our [butts] kicked," said Ortiz. "Nothing you can do about it but come back tomorrow and fight back."
The Red Sox still hold a one-game lead over the Yankees for first place in the AL East after New York lost in Baltimore on Friday.
Jacoby Ellsbury led off the bottom of the first with a double into the left- field corner, stole third and crossed the plate on Adrian Gonzalez's base hit to give the Red Sox an early 1-0 advantage.
The lead didn't last long, however, as Brandon Allen started the second with a double and came home the next batter on a DeJesus single to right. DeJesus then moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a Kurt Suzuki ground out and scored on a soft liner into right by Cliff Pennington to put the A's ahead, 2-1.
Oakland increased its lead in the fourth when Sizemore hammered a first-pitch, floating knuckleball over the monster in left field for a two-run homer.
It could have been the only damage done in the inning, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia let a swinging third strike with two outs go through his legs and Jemile Weeks took first on the passed ball. Coco Crisp followed with a walk, and Hideki Matsui brought Weeks and Crisp home with a double high off the wall in right-center. Willingham then belted his 23rd home run of the year to make it an 8-1 game.
"This game was a case of us going up against a good opponent. These guys came in here hot, swinging the bat hot, they were swinging really good. The best I could do was hold them down a little bit," said Gonzalez.
"I give credit to the offense and definitely the bullpen. Those guys came in and held us up, especially coming from New York after a long game like that, we got some guys coming out of the pen and sucking it up and pitching."
Dustin Pedroia and Ortiz led off the home half of the fourth with back-to-back homers, and a Marco Scutaro groundout to short plated Ellsbury after a leadoff triple in the fifth to close the gap to 8-4.
But Oakland, after giving up a 7-1 lead to the Yankees on Thursday, added a run in the seventh on a Pennington double off the base of the wall in right, and four more runs in the eighth on an RBI double by Allen, a two-run double by DeJesus and a run-scoring single by Suzuki to take a 13-4 lead.
McDonald walked the first two batters he faced on 10 pitches in the ninth inning. He then recorded two outs before allowing a two-run double to left by Willingham.
Josh Reddick's RBI double in the bottom of the ninth accounted for the final score.
Boston recalled pitcher Scott Atchison from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned catcher Ryan Lavarnway to the farm club Friday...Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford was given the day off...Ortiz extended his hit streak to 10 games...Gonzalez improved to 2-1 against the Red Sox in five starts and 3-7 in 12 road starts this year...Boston fell to 4-2 against the A's this season...Oakland is now 3-1 on a 10-game road trip.
- OAKLAND: 15
Aug 26 10:48 PM
- Josh Reddick doubled to right scored Marco Scutaro. On the play, Dustin Pedroia advances to third. Runners on second and third with one out and Jed Lowrie due up.
Athletics 15, Red Sox 5 Bot 9, 1 OutAug 26 10:46 PM
- Josh Willingham double to left scored Scott Sizemore and Jemile Weeks. Runner on second with two outs and Brandon Allen due up.
Athletics 15, Red Sox 4 Top 9, 2 OutsAug 26 10:46 PM
- Kurt Suzuki single to center scored David DeJesus. Runner on first with two outs and Cliff Pennington due up.
Athletics 13, Red Sox 4 Top 8, 2 OutsAug 26 10:46 PM
- David DeJesus double to left scored Josh Willingham and Brandon Allen. Runner on second with two outs and Kurt Suzuki due up.
Athletics 12, Red Sox 4 Top 8, 2 OutsAug 26 10:46 PM
- Brandon Allen double to right scored Jemile Weeks. On the play, Josh Willingham advances to third. Runners on second and third with two outs and David DeJesus due up.
Athletics 10, Red Sox 4 Top 8, 2 OutsAug 26 10:46 PM
- Cliff Pennington double to left scored Kurt Suzuki. Runner on second with two outs and Scott Sizemore due up.
Athletics 9, Red Sox 4 Top 7, 2 OutsAug 26 9:55 PM
- Marco Scutaro ground out short to first scored Jacoby Ellsbury. None on with one out and Adrian Gonzalez due up.
Athletics 8, Red Sox 4 Bot 5, 1 OutAug 26 8:59 PM
- David Ortiz none out, solo Home Run (26) to center. Jed Lowrie due up.
Athletics 8, Red Sox 3 Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 26 8:35 PM
- Josh Willingham two-out, two-run Home Run (23) to left scored Hideki Matsui. Brandon Allen due up.
Athletics 8, Red Sox 1 Top 4, 2 OutsAug 26 8:28 PM
- Hideki Matsui double to center scored Jemile Weeks and Coco Crisp. Runner on second with two outs and Josh Willingham due up.
Athletics 6, Red Sox 1 Top 4, 2 OutsAug 26 8:26 PM
- Scott Sizemore two-out, two-run Home Run (7) to left scored Kurt Suzuki. Jemile Weeks due up.
Athletics 4, Red Sox 1 Top 4, 2 OutsAug 26 8:21 PM
- Cliff Pennington single to right scored David DeJesus. Runner on first with one out and Scott Sizemore due up.
Athletics 2, Red Sox 1 Top 2, 1 OutAug 26 7:44 PM
- David DeJesus single to right scored Brandon Allen. Runner on first with none out and Kurt Suzuki due up.
Athletics 1, Red Sox 1 Top 2, 0 OutsAug 26 7:40 PM
- Adrian Gonzalez single to center scored Jacoby Ellsbury. Runner on first with one out and Dustin Pedroia due up.
Athletics 0, Red Sox 1 Bot 1, 1 OutAug 26 7:27 PM
- OAKLAND: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 26 7:10 PM
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