Ben­in­tendi, Red Sox belt Athletics

Pomer­anz im­proves to 4-0 in last six starts

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - 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 East-lead­ing 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.”

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 (49) 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.


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.


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


An­drew Ben­in­tendi watches the flight of his RBI dou­ble dur­ing the sixth in­ning against the Oak­land Athletics at Fen­way Park in Bos­ton, Thurs­day.


Red Sox start­ing pitcher Drew Pomer­anz de­liv­ers dur­ing the first in­ning against the Oak­land Athletics .

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