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Sox complete sweep of Athletics, 4-0

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Sox complete sweep of Athletics, 4-0

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON Almost 11 hours after they began playing, the Red Sox completed a sweep of their soggy Saturday doubleheader against the As, taking the nightcap, 4-0.

In all there were three rain delays totaling exactly four hours in both games. When rain stopped the second game for an hour with one on, no outs, and a 2-2 count to As lead-off hitter Jemile Weeks in the fifth inning, Sox starter Eric Bedard was knocked from the game. Bedard also lost a shot at his first win with the Sox since being acquired from the Mariners at the trading deadline.

Instead, the win went to Alfredo Aceves, who went three innings, allowing one hit with three strikeouts. Aceves improves to 9-1 with a 2.86 ERA.

Graham Godfrey took the loss for the As, falling to 1-2 with a 4.71 ERA.

David Ortiz, who went 5-for-8 with two home runs and five RBI in both games, went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the night game, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, his longest since a 13-game streak last season. His two-run home run in second inning, scoring Dustin Pedroia, who had doubled, provided the Sox with all they runs they would need.

Bedard went four innings (plus one batter in the fifth) giving up two hits and four walks with five strikeouts. He threw 86 pitches, 54 for strikes.

Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon pitched the eighth and ninth, respectively, securing the sweep for the Sox.

The Sox are off until Tuesday, when they start a three-game series with the Yankees.

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Red Sox move closer to AL East title with 5-0 win over Reds

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Red Sox move closer to AL East title with 5-0 win over Reds

CINCINNATI - Mitch Moreland ended his long slump with a three-run homer, Eduardo Rodriguez pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning, and the Boston Red Sox took another step toward a second straight AL East title, beating the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Saturday.

Boston has won 13 of 16, holding off the Yankees as it tries to win back-to-back East titles for the first time since divisional realignment in 1969. The Red Sox have their best record of the season at 90-64, reaching 90 wins for the second year in a row.

They remain four games in front of the Yankees, who beat Toronto 5-1.

Moreland was in an 0-for-19 slump when he connected off Robert Stephenson (5-6) in the sixth inning, his 20th homer of the season but only his second in September. The Red Sox are last in the AL with 160 homers.

Rodriguez (6-6) has given up two or fewer earned runs in each of his last four starts, the best stretch of his career. The left-hander gave up three singles and two walks in 7 2/3 innings, his longest outing since May 21.

The Red Sox have shutout victories in three of their last four games, including two at Baltimore. They are 7-1 on a trip that ends Sunday. Boston wraps up the regular season at Fenway Park with three games against Toronto and four against Houston.

Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who grew up in suburban Madeira and had hundreds of relatives and friends in the stands for the series, singled home a run in the seventh at the ballpark where he regularly attended games as a youth.

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Betts (foot), Pedroia (knee) out of Red Sox lineup

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Betts (foot), Pedroia (knee) out of Red Sox lineup

Mookie Betts, who fouled a ball off his left foot Friday night, and Dustin Pedroia, who has been bothered by a knee injury almost all season, were out of the Red Sox lineup Saturday against the Reds in Cincinnati.

Chris Young started in right field for Betts and Brock Holt at second base for Pedroia.

Betts was scratched from the original lineup but was a late scratch. Pedroia, who had been getting intermittent days off to rest his knee was originally expected to play but needed treatement and hopes to be able to play Sunday, according to Scott Lauber of ESPN. 

Manager John Farrell told reporters, including Christopher Smith of MassLive.com, that Betts "was hindered by it last night in the second half of that game. [He] woke up a little bit more sore. Went through treatment. But felt it was best to give him a day to fully recover and get some additional treatment."

The manager added that Betts was available to pinch hit Saturday and did not have X-rays, but that step could be taken if there's no improvement in the next 24 hours.