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Red Sox pound A's at rainy Fenway

Aug 27, 2011 - 10:37 PM Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jason Varitek homered and drove in three runs Saturday to power the Boston Red Sox to a 9-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics at rain-soaked Fenway Park.

The teams are playing a split doubleheader after moving Sunday's game up a day in an effort to complete the three-game series ahead of oncoming Hurricane Irene.

But the storm hit Boston in the sixth inning, forcing a 45-minute delay. They played one more inning before a heavier band of rain began to fall, causing a delay of 2 hours and 15 minutes between the seventh and eighth innings.

The start time for the second game was 6:50 p.m. local time.

Before the deluge, David Ortiz doubled twice and knocked in a pair of runs to extend his hitting streak to 11 games for the Red Sox, who bounced back from a 15-5 loss to Oakland on Friday and won for the fourth time in five games. Mike Aviles chipped in three hits and two runs scored in the victory.

Jon Lester (14-6) went the first six innings for the win, didn't return after the initial rain delay. The left-hander allowed two runs -- one earned -- on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts to win his third straight start.

Lester complained to the home plate umpire that he couldn't get a grip on the ball during a particularly heavy period of rain. He threw two balls to the backstop during warmups before one inning.

"Any time you took the ball out of your glove, it was wet," Lester said.

"I know what they're trying to do. They're trying to get the game in," he said. "But there's a point where you have to say, 'OK, that's enough.'"

Guillermo Moscoso (6-8) was roughed up for eight runs -- seven earned -- on nine hits over four innings in defeat. Brandon Allen homered for Oakland, which had won five of its previous seven entering the contest.

The Red Sox opened the scoring in the home first when Marco Scutaro lined a one-out double off the wall in left, took second on a grounder and scored on a base hit by Dustin Pedroia, who was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.

Oakland answered immediately when Allen lifted Lester's third pitch of the second inning into the Monster seats for his third homer. Boston, however, countered in the bottom half with a trio of two-out runs.

Josh Reddick drew a walk after Moscoso had retired the first two batters and Varitek belted a homer into the Boston bullpen. Aviles kept the inning alive with a single to right and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury's double off the top of the high left field wall for a 4-1 edge.

After Coco Crisp knocked in a run for Oakland in the top of the third with a sacrifice fly, the Red Sox continued to pour it on with three more in the bottom of the frame. Adrian Gonzalez doubled off the Monster to start the inning and Pedroia walked before both scored on a double by Ortiz. Carl Crawford followed with a sacrifice fly for a 7-2 cushion.

Boston tacked on one more in the fourth when Aviles reached on a bunt single, stole second and scored on a base hit to left by Scutaro. Ortiz doubled to start the home fifth, took third on a fly ball to center and scored on a single by Varitek to make it 9-2.

After the second delay, the A's got a run off Michael Bowden in the ninth when Kurt Suzuki doubled, went to third on a Jemile Weeks single and scored on Cliff Pennington's base hit to right. Crisp flied out to deep right field with the bases loaded to end the game.

Game Notes

Ortiz finished 2-for-4 and is 21-for-42 during his hitting streak...Lester had not allowed a home run in his previous four starts...The Red Sox had a streak of four straight games with at least two homers stopped.

  • OAKLAND: 3
    BOSTON: 9

    Aug 27 6:09 PM

  • Cliff Pennington single to right scored Kurt Suzuki with two out. On the play, Jemile Weeks advances to second and Scott Sizemore advances to third. Bases loaded and Coco Crisp due up.

    Athletics 3, Red Sox 9  Top 9, 2 OutsAug 27 6:07 PM
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    Athletics 3, Red Sox 9  Top 9, 2 OutsAug 27 6:07 PM

  • Mike Aviles singled to center. On the play, Jason Varitek advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Jacoby Ellsbury due up.

    Athletics 2, Red Sox 9  Bot 5, 2 OutsAug 27 1:59 PM

  • Marco Scutaro singled to left scoring Mike Aviles. Runner on first with one out and Adrian Gonzalez due up.

    Athletics 2, Red Sox 8  Bot 4, 1 OutAug 27 1:32 PM

  • Carl Crawford's sacrifice fly to left scored David Ortiz. None on with one out and Josh Reddick due up.

    Athletics 2, Red Sox 7  Bot 3, 1 OutAug 27 1:15 PM

  • David Ortiz doubled to center scoring Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia. On the play, Ortiz advances to third on Cliff Pennington's throwing error. Runner on third with none out and Carl Crawford due up.

    Athletics 2, Red Sox 6  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 27 1:12 PM

  • Coco Crisp's sacrifice fly to center scored Jemile Weeks. Runner on second with two outs and Josh Willingham due up.

    Athletics 2, Red Sox 4  Top 3, 2 OutsAug 27 1:02 PM

  • Jacoby Ellsbury doubled to left scoring Mike Aviles. Runner on second with two outs and Marco Scutaro due up.

    Athletics 1, Red Sox 4  Bot 2, 2 OutsAug 27 12:48 PM

  • Jason Varitek two-out, two-run Home Run (9) to center scored Josh Reddick. Mike Aviles is due up.

    Athletics 1, Red Sox 3  Bot 2, 2 OutsAug 27 12:44 PM
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    Athletics 1, Red Sox 3  Bot 2, 2 OutsAug 27 12:44 PM

  • Brandon Allen lead-off Home Run (3) to left. Conor Jackson is due up.

    Athletics 1, Red Sox 1  Top 2, 0 OutsAug 27 12:26 PM

  • Dustin Pedroia singled to left scoring Marco Scutaro. On the play, Pedroia was tagged out at second from short to second to end the inning.

    Athletics 0, Red Sox 1  End 1Aug 27 12:24 PM

  • OAKLAND: 0
    BOSTON: 0
    Top 1, 0 Outs

    Aug 27 12:04 PM
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