Red Sox Fall To A's In 10 Innings, 5-4

The Red Sox jumped out to a 4-0 lead early in Tuesday nights game, only to see the A's tie it one inning later and eventually win it in the 10th inning, 5-4. For more Red Sox coverage, head over to SB Nation's Over The Monster.

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Red Sox Fall To A's 5-4 In Extra Innings

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Kevin Kouzmanoff's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted theOakland Athletics to a 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox in the middle installment of a three-game series.

Kouzmanoff and Jack Cust both drove in two runs for Oakland, which evened this three-game series after losing Monday's opener and has now won six of its last seven games overall. Daric Barton posted two hits and two runs scored, including crossing home plate with the game-winning run.

Marco Scutaro finished with two hits, two runs scored and an RBI for the Red Sox, who fell to 2-4 since the All-Star break.

In the bottom of the 10th inning, Barton singled with one out and advanced to second when Ramon Ramirez (0-3) balked. Kurt Suzuki was then intentionally walked before Dustin Richardson struck out Adam Rosales.

That brought Boston's Michael Bowden in from the bullpen to face Kouzmanoff, who laced a soft single into shallow right field and the throw from J.D. Drew was off the mark as Barton crossed the plate and ended the game.

Andrew Bailey (1-3), who pitched two scoreless relief frames, earned the win.

An RBI double by Kevin Youkilis in the top of the first opened the scoring and the visitors tacked on three more runs in the second inning.

With one out in the second, Mike Cameron doubled and raced around to score when Bill Hall followed with a single to right field. Kevin Cash fanned for the second out, but Scutaro's two-base hit brought home Hall, andDarnell McDonald followed suit with yet another RBI two-base hit.

Oakland tied it up with four runs in the home third. Coco Crisp doubled with one out and Barton walked before a double-steal put runners on second and third. Suzuki was then hit by a pitch to load the bases for Cust, whose one- run double cut the A's deficit in half.

A passed ball charged to catcher Cash saw Suzuki hurry home for the third run of the inning. On the play, Cust advanced to third, which proved important. The next batter was Kouzmanoff, who hit a fly ball that was deep enough to center field to allow Cust to successfully tag-up and create a 4-4 score.

Neither starting pitcher factored in the decision. Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield allowed four runs -- three earned -- on three hits with five strikeouts in six innings of work. Wakefield's counterpart, Dallas Braden, yielded four runs -- only one of which was earned -- on 10 hits with six strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings...Crisp was ejected in the 10th inning for arguing balls and strikes, as was Boston pitching coach John Farrell for the same reason in the same inning by home plate umpire Bob Davidson...The Red Sox outhit the A's, 12-6...Boston stranded 12 baserunners...Attendance was 20,271.

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Red Sox Going For Another Win Against The A's With Wakefield Starting, Likely For The Last Time

(Sports Network) - After getting an important West Coast road trip off to a good start, the Boston Red Sox shoot for a second straight win over the Oakland Athletics when the teams continue a three-game series tonight at the Coliseum.

Boston entered last night's matchup with the surging Athletics having lost eight of their past 11 contests, but were able to snap Oakland's season-high five-game win streak with a 2-1 decision in the opener. Daisuke Matsuzaka threw 6 2/3 strong innings to lead the way, while Adrian Beltre went 3-for-4 with a solo home run to pace the Red Sox offensively.

Beltre broke a 1-1 deadlock with a blast off A's starter Ben Sheets in the top of the fourth inning, and Matsuzaka (7-3) made the lead stand by limiting Oakland to the one run and a mere two hits before turning the game over to the Boston bullpen. Daniel Bard followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings before closer Jonathan Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth to record his 21st save.

"He was able to throw strikes with every pitch that he has," Red Sox catcher Kevin Cash said of Matsuzaka. "He even broke out his changeup, which he doesn't use that much recently, and it was pretty effective for him. When you can get that cut fastball into lefties and then get ahead with his fastball down and away to righties, he's going to have good outings."

Boston, which had dropped three of four bouts at home to American League West- leading Texas to begin its post-All Star break schedule, remained 3 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the lead in the league's Wild Card race. The Red Sox are six back of the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East standings.

Sheets (4-9) pitched well in a losing cause, allowing both Boston runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.

"It's been up and down for me," said Sheets, who fired six shutout innings to beat the Los Angeles Angels in his previous start. "It seems like every time I get on a high, I come back down. There's still a lot of season left, though."

Oakland managed just three hits on the night, with Rajai Davis' solo homer in the third inning accounting for the team's only run.

The Red Sox will now try to register back-to-back wins for the first time since July 2-3 and send Tim Wakefield to the mound tonight. The veteran knuckleballer hopes to end his own recent struggles, as he's gone 1-4 with a 5.94 ERA over his last six starts and permitted four or more runs in five of those outings.

Wakefield is coming off an especially ineffective appearance against the Rangers on Thursday, when he was battered for seven runs (six earned) and eight hits before being yanked after only two innings of his club's 7-2 loss. In his final start before the All-Star break, the right-hander surrendered six runs and walked six in 5 2/3 frames in a July 7 setback at Tampa Bay.

The 43-year-old also wasn't sharp in a matchup with the A's on June 3, with Wakefield being tagged for six runs and serving up two homers through six innings to take a loss. He's 11-7 with a 4.22 ERA in 40 lifetime games, 22 of which have been starts, against Oakland, however.

Dallas Braden draws the assignment for the Athletics tonight and will be making his first start since June 22. The left-hander has missed close to a month with elbow soreness, but pronounced himself ready to go after completing a successful bullpen session on Sunday.

Braden is best known for throwing the 19th perfect game in major league history in a 4-0 verdict over Tampa Bay May 9 at the Coliseum. He's yet to win since accomplishing the memorable feat, however, having gone 0-5 with a 4.32 ERA in eight subsequent starts. Poor run support has played a part in Braden's drought, as the A's scored two or less runs in seven of those games.

The 26-year-old took another loss in his most recent start, a 4-2 defeat to Cincinnati in which he allowed four runs (three earned) and 10 hits over six innings.

Braden is 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA in two career meetings with the Red Sox, garnering that only victory with six innings of two-run ball at the Coliseum last season.

The Red Sox did win two of three games from the A's in a series held at Fenway Park earlier this season, but had lost in five of their past six visits to the Coliseum before last night's triumph.

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