Pomer­anz, Ben­in­tendi guide Sox past A’s

Lefty hurler al­lows one run in six in­nings in Fen­way vic­tory

Pawtucket Times - - SPORTS - By KEN POW­TAK

BOS­TON — Drew Pomer­anz knew it was likely the last bat­ter he'd face. He fig­ured he had to make one of his best pitches.

Pomer­anz threw six in­nings of one-run ball, fin­ish­ing by strik­ing out Matt Ol­son with the bases loaded, and An­drew Ben­in­tendi had three hits and drove in three runs to lead the AL Eastlead­ing Bos­ton Red Sox past the Oak­land Ath­let­ics 6-2 on Thurs­day.

With two outs, a full count and the game tied at 1, Pomer­anz got Ol­son swing­ing on a high, 92 mph fast­ball.

“In that big sit­u­a­tion, mak­ing a big pitch is a huge deal when you can wig­gle your way out of a jam,” Pomer­anz said. “He wasn't chas­ing the curve­ball. I got 3-2 on him and I gave all that I have left to make one good pitch and he swung. Luck­ily, he missed it and that's what I wanted.”

The added re­ward was that his team­mates took the lead with two runs in the bot­tom of the in­ning, set­ting him up for the win.

“An­other qual­ity start on his part,” Red Sox man­ager John Far­rell said. “There was a num­ber of big mo­ments in this game and for Drew him­self, prob­a­bly the last pitch he threw to­day, the strike­out to Ol­son, that was go­ing to be his last pitch of the day.”

“There was a num­ber of big mo­ments in this game and for Drew him­self, prob­a­bly the last pitch he threw to­day, the strike­out to Ol­son.” – John Far­rell

Pomer­anz (16-5) al­lowed five hits, walk­ing three and strik­ing out five to raise his record to 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last six starts in Fen­way Park. He also tied team­mate Chris Sale and two oth­ers for the AL lead in vic­to­ries.

Chris­tian Vazquez hit a solo homer and Mitch More­land added an RBI dou­ble for the Red Sox, who have won six of eight. Bos­ton be­gan the day with a three-game lead over the sec­ond-place New York Yan­kees.

Ryon Healy hit a solo homer for the A's, who fell for just the sec­ond time in eight games. The loss as­sured Oak­land (64-82) of a los­ing record for the third straight sea­son.

“We had some op­por­tu­ni­ties, and we had a cou­ple base run­ning mis­takes early in the game that cost us,” A's man­ager Bob Melvin said.

Ben­in­tendi dou­bled high off the Green Mon­ster, chas­ing Daniel Gos­sett (4-9) and scor­ing Dustin Pe­droia to make it 2-1 in the sixth.

Trail­ing 1-0, Bos­ton tied it when Vazquez's drive com­pletely left Fen­way over the Mon­ster seats lead­ing off the fifth.

The A's had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the in­ning on Josh Phe­g­ley's sac­ri­fice fly.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Ath­let­ics: OF Khris Davis left the team to be with his girl­friend for the ex­pected birth of their first child.

Red Sox: LHP David Price (left el­bow in­flam­ma­tion) was ac­ti­vated off the 10-day dis­abled list. He had been side­lined since July 28. Far­rell said the plan is for him to work out of the bullpen . ... Far­rell in­serted 2B Pe­droia into the DH spot to get him off his trou­ble­some left knee that landed him on the DL for nearly two weeks last month and sat strug­gling reg­u­lar DH Han­ley Ramirez.

STREAK CON­TIN­UES Pe­droia ex­tended his hit­ting streak to 27 games against Oak­land. Dur­ing the streak, which started July 14, 2013, he's bat­ting .421.

FIRST IM­PRES­SION Gos­sett gave up three runs in 5 1/3 in­nings in his first ca­reer Fen­way start.

“It was awe­some. Great en­vi­ron­ment, tons of peo­ple. His­toric park,” he said. “I got to be a part of some­thing spe­cial. Not every­body can say that they pitched at Fen­way. I got to sign the (Green) Mon­ster, do ev­ery­thing. So that was spe­cial.”

RUN­NING MIS­TAKES The A's had two run­ners cut down on the bases — Chad Pin­der in the third and Mark Canha in the fifth — both on cut­off plays on balls hit to the out­field.

UP NEXT Ath­let­ics: RHP Daniel Meng­den (0-1, 7.07 ERA) is set to make his first ca­reer start against Philadel­phia on Fri­day when the A's face RHP Mark Leiter Jr. (3-5, 4.84) and the Phillies.

Red Sox: LHP Sale (16-7, 2.76 ERA) is in line to start against Tampa Bay RHP Matt An­driese (5-3, 4.46) Fri­day when the Red Sox open their fi­nal road trip of the reg­u­lar sea­son. It's sched­uled to be the Rays' first home game since Hur­ri­cane Irma hit the area last week­end.

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