Oakland, CA – The Red Sox picked up where they left off last night. They outscored and outplayed the A’s for game two of a three-game series. Rick Porcello flirted wit a no-hitter through six frames while Boston scored seven runs in the third. Boston’s 11-2 win over Oakland put them in first place of the American League East.
“It’s basically what we’ve been doing all year,” said shortstop Xander Bogaerts. “We’re peaking at a good time as a team, and it’s fun to be a part of.”
The hits kept coming for the Red Sox, they’re playing excellent baseball right now. Hanley Ramirez hit his 20th home run, David Ortiz went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Bogaerts went 2-for-5 with two runs and Boston has scored double digit runs in all five games against the A’s this year.
Dustin Pedroia led off the first with a single. Followed by Ortiz double putting two on, Mookie Betts cleared the bases with a RBI double scoring in both Pedroia and Ortiz to make it a 2-0 game. Daniel Mengden lasted two innings before he was replaced after allowing seven runs on eight hits.
“Teams that take a lot of pitches and make you throw a lot of pitches,” Oakland’s manager Bob Melvin said. “It’s like a boxer. It’s just body blows and body blows and then they give you a good one. That’s what they do.”
By the third, the Red Sox took flight! Ramirez went yard to left field. Sandy Leon followed with a double, Chris Young got a free pass and Yoan Moncada cleared the bases with a RBI double driving in both Leon and Young. Jackie Bradley’s RBI single extended Boston’s lead 6-0 and that was it for Mengden’s night on the mound.
John Axford replaced Mengden and gave up back-to-back singles to Pedroia and Bogaerts, scoring in Bradley. Ortiz hit his second double of the night and drove in both Pedroia and Bogaerts to extend the Red Sox lead 9-0. They added on two more runs in the eighth and ninth.
The A’s didn’t go quietly. After going hitless through six frames, Jake Smolinski broke up Porcello’s “no-no” with a double to left field. Bruce Maxwell followed with a RBI single to put Oakland on the board. They scored their last and final run in the seventh when Stephen Vogt led off the frame with a single and Yonder Alonso drove him in with a single.
“They’re always tough to face, whether they’re hot or not,” said Mengden. “They have a lot of great hitters. I felt good, but I fell behind too much. When you give a team like that good counts and places to take advantage, they did. Even when I made some good pitches when I was behind, they still hit it.”