Boston Red Sox

Sox fall short in 9th, lose 5-3


Sox fall short in 9th, lose 5-3

BOSTON -- In a matchup of rookie pitchers, Oakland's Jarrod Parker easily got the best of Felix Doubront.

Parker, making only his third major league start, limited the Red Sox to a single run over 6 23 innings as the A's beat the Red Sox, 5-3.

Doubront, featuring a terrific changeup, notched eight strikeouts in the 12 outs he recorded, but also allowed five runs on six hits with two walks and two wild pitches. He came out after just four innings with an inflated pitch count of 94 -- or four fewer than Parker, who pitched almost three innings longer.

The A's broke up a 1-1 game with four runs in the fourth. Cliff Pennington doubled home two runs. A run-scoring single by Jemile Weeks, followed by a stolen base and wild pitch, resulted in two more runs.

Oakland had four steals -- all of third base.

Until the ninth, Boston's only run was manufactured in the fourth when Dustin Pedroia led off with a single, took second on a wild pitch then advanced to third and scored on two groundouts.

The Sox loaded the bases in the ninth against A's closer Grant Balfour and got a two-run single from Mike Aviles before Jordan Norberto got the final two outs.

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


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.


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


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, 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.