Valentine: Cook 'pitched pretty well'

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Valentine: Cook 'pitched pretty well'

OAKLAND -- It probably wasn't realistic for Aaron Cook to match what he did in his last start. But even though Cook's performance wasn't as good as last Friday in Seattle, he wasn't to blame for the Red Sox' 3-2 defeat.
Fresh off an 81-pitch complete-game shutout, Cook was more human Wednesday against the Oakland A's, allowing three runs on six-plus innings of work.
Cook gave up a solo homer to Brandon Moss in the second, a run in the sixth that was set up when Mike Aviles lost a ball in the sun, and a third run in the seventh when Andrew Miller allowed an inherited runner of Cook's to score.
"Aaron pitched pretty well,'' said manager Bobby Valentine. "He did what he had to do to give us a victory. A couple of balls were hit in the air that hurt him a little. But he got a lot of ground balls, was efficient with his pitching, got us in the dugout quick. We just didn't help him out with the runs.''
"We got some runs early (one in the fourth and another in the sixth to go ahead 2-1) and I just couldn't hold the lead,'' Cook said. "I left some pitches up. When guys have to chase it in the gap or watch them go over the fence, I'm usually not quite on my game.''
Last Friday at Safeco Field, Cook got 15 outs on the ground; on Wednesday, he had 13 in the first six innings, but the sinker wasn't as consistent and when he made mistakes with his two-seam fastballs, the A's took full advantage.
"There were four or five that I left up,'' he said. "They're an aggressive team and they hit those. The ones I was getting down, they were hitting down and some of them got through for base hits. But with a team like that, I'm pitching to contact and when you leave it up, they're going to hit it pretty hard and that's what happened.''
In particular, Cook regretted throwing a sinker to Coco Crisp, who lashed a triple to right center and would come around to score the winning run after Cook was lifted.
"Bad pitch,'' concluded Cook. "Looking back, hindsight's always 20-20, but I should have thrown anything but the pitch I threw. I could have thrown a cutter, bounced a curve ball...anything. But with tpye of approach, a sinker in, he's going to stay on that. It was just a bad pitch.''

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP)  Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

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.