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
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.
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.