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.
If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.
The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.
As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.
Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard.
PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.
On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.
Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.
After another bad rehab start in Pawtucket by David Price, should the Red Sox begin to worry about their $30 million per year starting pitcher.