A’s fall short in fi­nale in Bos­ton 6-2.

Rookie al­lows one run through first six in­nings, but A’s bats held in check

The Mercury News Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Seth Lakso Cor­re­spon­dent

BOS­TON » > The A’s of­fi­cially clinched a third con­sec­u­tive los­ing sea­son on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

De­spite a solid start from rookie right-han­der Daniel Gos­sett, the A’s man­aged only one run over six in­nings against Drew Pomer­anz on their way to a 6-2 loss to the Bos­ton Red Sox in front of 35,470 at Fen­way Park.

Ryon Healy hit his 25th home run of the sea­son, but af­ter tak­ing a one-run lead into the bot­tom of the fifth in­ning, the wheels came off and the Red Sox scored one in the fifth, two in the sixth and three in the sev­enth in­ning.

Bos­ton rookie An­drew Ben­in­tendi fin­ished the af­ter­noon 3 for 4 with two dou­bles and three RBIs in sup­port of Pomer­anz (16-5), who gave up five hits over six in­nings while strik­ing out five.

Gos­sett (4- 9) al­lowed three runs and five hits over 5 1/3 in­nings and struck out three.

I thought (Gos­sett) pitched pretty well,” said A’s man­ager Bob Melvin, whose team fell to 64- 82. “Maybe as good as we’ve seen him pitch any first five in­nings of a game.”

Gos­sett had held Bos­ton to one run un­til Dustin Pe­droia and Ben­in­tendi hit back-to-back dou­bles with one out in the fifth.

“Not a lot of peo­ple can say that they’ve pitched at Fen­way,” Gos­sett said. “I got to sign the Mon­ster and do ev­ery­thing, so that was spe­cial.”

The A’s have scored one run or fewer in nine of Gos­sett’s 15 starts this sea­son. The for­mer sec­ond-round pick is 0-8 in those games.

Oak­land’s best chance to rally came in the sev­enth, but it left the bases loaded af­ter Chad Pin­der was called out on strikes on a pitch from Ad­di­son Reed that ap­peared to be a few inches out­side.

Bos­ton re­sponded by break­ing the game open with three runs against re­liev­ers Sam Moll and Santi- ago Casilla. Af­ter a lead­off dou­ble, Brock Holt reached on a sac­ri­fice at­tempt when Matt Chap­man’s throw hit the Red Sox sec­ond base­man in the back and skipped into the out­field. The er­ror was the ma­jors-lead­ing 114th of the sea­son for Oak­land.

Casilla came on in re­lief and promptly hit a bat­ter and then al­lowed a sac­ri­fice fly to Pe­droia and a two-run sin­gle to Ben­in­tendi.

Healy’s home run came off hard-throw­ing Joe Kelly to make it a four-run game in the eighth, but that’s as close as the A’s would get.

“We had some op­por­tu­ni­ties ... early in the game that cost us some chances to score some runs,” Melvin said. “But our at-bats, all the way to the end, were pretty good. They’re still grind­ing.”

• Khris Davis missed Thurs­day’s game to be home for the birth of his first child, a son. He is ex­pected to be out the next few games.

CHARLES KRUPA — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Red Sox short­stop Xan­der Bo­gaerts, left, tags out the A’sMark Canha, right, while cov­er­ing third base in a run down dur­ing the fifth in­ning of Thurs­day’s game at Fen­way Park.

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