Red Sox make it three in a row, 7-3

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Red Sox make it three in a row, 7-3

BOSTON -- Modest achievement though it may be, the Red Sox won their third straight Monday night, something they hadn't done in more than a month, dating to a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins June 11-13.

Clay Buchholz survived a rocky first and third innings, and then allowed just one more run over the final six inningswhile Dustin Pedroia drove in three runs in a 7-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park.

Buchholz was tagged for a leadoff homer by Austin Jackson and weathered a stretch that saw four of five batters reach in the third. But after walking Prince Fielder with one out in the third, Buchholz (9-3) retired the next 12 in a row before allowing a run in the seventh.

It was Buchholz's first win in his last four outings.

Down 1-0 out of the chute, the Sox used a run-scoring triple from Carl Crawford and an RBI groundout from Pedroia in the first.

Pedroia added a two-run homer in the sixth, his third homer in the last five games and fourth this month. A run-scoring single Jacoby Ellsbury in the seventh and a two-run homer from Will Middlebrooks in the eighth to give the Sox some additional breathing room.

STAR OF THE GAME: Clay Buchholz
The night didn't begin well for Buchholz, who gave up a homer to Austin Jackson with his second pitch of the game. But for the next seven innings, Buchholz allowed just two more runs -- only one of them earned -- and picked up his first win since June 19

HONORABLE MENTION: Dustin Pedroia
At the two-thirds mark of the season, the second baseman is getting it together at the plate. He had a three-RBI night with a first-inning groundout and a two-run homer in the sixth, his third homer in the last five games. He also has six RBI in his last seven games.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Max Scherzer
Among the league leaders in strikeouts, Scherzer fanned nine Red Sox hitters, but also gave up five runs on seven hits and lasted just 6 13 innings, forcing Jim Leyland to get into his bullpen earlier that he would have liked.

TURNING POINT: In the third inning, with a run already in off Buchholz, the Tigers had the bases loaded and Delmon Young at the plate. But Buchholz got him to hit into an inning-ending double play and the Tigers had just two baserunners against Buchholz after that.

BY THE NUMBERS: The win was the third in a row for the Red Sox, representing their longest winning streak in more than a month, dating back to a three-game sweep of Miami June 11-13.

Moreland homers again, Red Sox tag A's to avoid four-game sweep

Moreland homers again, Red Sox tag A's to avoid four-game sweep

OAKLAND, Calif. - A five-run ninth inning for the Red Sox that lasted more than a half-hour derailed any chance Eduardo Rodriguez had of getting his first career complete game.

Not that the left-hander was complaining.

After a bitter loss to Oakland a year ago when he allowed just one hit over eight innings, Rodriguez was more than happy with the way things turned out.

Rodriguez earned his second straight win, Mitch Moreland homered in his third consecutive game and Boston beat the Oakland Athletics 12-3 on Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

"I wanted to go back out there but they hit the ball pretty good in that inning and I know I had to get out of the game," Rodriguez said about the long wait. "I'll take it because we score more runs, I have a chance to win. If every inning's like that, I'll get out of the game after five."

Rodriguez (3-1) allowed three runs over eight innings. He struck out eight, walked one and retired 14 of his final 15 batters.

"Where he was with the pitch count, it'd be nice for him to go out there for the ninth inning given where he was and how well he was throwing the baseball," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "But at that point you're up nine, probably about a 35-minute inning, didn't want to take any chances."

Hanley Ramirez and Christian Vazquez had three hits apiece to power a Red Sox lineup that tallied 15 hits. Every player in Boston's starting lineup had at least one hit, and eight of the nine drove in runs.

Chad Pinder homered and drove in two runs for Oakland.

Boston, which hasn't been swept in a four-game series since July 2015, trailed 3-2 before scoring 10 runs over the final five innings.

"It felt we had them on the run a little bit," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "They get the lead and then we come back and take the lead again and you feel pretty good. But they were pretty persistent today."

Pinder went deep in the fourth, his fourth home run in eight games and fifth overall.

The A's committed three errors, giving them a major league-leading 42.

BRADLEY'S DEFENSIVE GEMS

Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts gave the A's trouble with his running and defense. Betts scored twice from first base and also made a pair of strong defensive plays. He made a sliding catch on Mark Canha's sinking liner in the eighth and then slammed into the wall after catching Khris' Davis fly to end the inning.

"This place during the daytime plays very difficult," Farrell said. "What Mookie was able to do a couple times in right field, those aren't easy plays. To be able to stay with it, go up against the wall a couple of times, we played very good outfield defense here today."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Brock Holt continues to deal with lingering symptoms from vertigo and isn't yet ready to come off the disabled list, according to Farrell. Likewise, Boston plans to keep third baseman Pablo Sandoval in the minors to get consistent at-bats while recovering from a right knee sprain. ... Farrell said LHP Drew Pomeranz, who took the loss Saturday, will start against Texas on Thursday.

Athletics: Yonder Alonso (sore left knee) sat out his fourth straight game but could be back in the lineup Tuesday when Oakland begins a two-game series against Miami. ... Sean Doolittle (strained left shoulder) threw on flat ground before making 15 pitches off the mound. The plan is for the former closer to throw 25 pitches on Wednesday. ... Melvin said the team has applied for an extension on Chris Bassitt's rehab assignment. Bassitt underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello (2-5) faces Texas on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park. Porcello has lost three of his last four decisions.

Athletics: Following an off day, RHP Jesse Hahn (1-3) starts against Miami on Tuesday at the Coliseum. Hahn leads the majors in fewest home runs allowed per nine innings at 0.19.