Davis homers off Price in 8th, A's top Red Sox, 4-1

Davis homers off Price in 8th, A's top Red Sox, 4-1

OAKLAND, Calif. – Khris Davis summed up his deciding home run off Boston lefty David Price in less time than it took for the ball to clear the fence.

“First pitch hacking,” Davis said. “That’s what happened.”

Davis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning, sending the Oakland Athletics over the Red Sox, 4-1, on Sunday.

A day after getting no-hit by Sean Manaea, Boston lost back-to-back games for the first time under new manager Alex Cora.

“Our pitching staff will always give us a chance to win. I feel we are capable of scoring runs every night. Obviously, that’s not always going to happen. We can’t score eight or nine runs every night,” Cora said.

The Red Sox had won their first six series this season before dropping two of three at the Coliseum. They still have the best record in the majors at 17-4.

“It’s big knowing we can compete with good teams like Boston,” Davis said. “We just have to ride the wave out as long as we can. The pitching has been fantastic. Any time the pitching is on, we want to be putting up runs.”

Davis had two hits and drove in all four runs for the A’s. Marcus Semien and Stephen Piscotty added two hits apiece as Oakland won for the sixth time in seven games.

Semien and Piscotty hit back-to-back singles off Price (2-2) with one out in the eighth. After Jed Lowrie struck out for the third time, Davis lined the first pitch into the seats in left field for his sixth home run.

“Got a good pitch to hit and he hammered it,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s a three-run homer waiting to happen.”

Davis also had an RBI single off Price in the first.

“He’s very lethal,” Semien said of Davis. “He got a pitch he could handle and he didn’t wait around. He’s hit so many home runs here. That was one of his biggest ones.”

Price allowed nine hits and four runs over 7⅔ innings. He struck out six and walked one.

“I couldn’t make the pitch when I needed and that was the ballgame,” Price said.

Coming off Manaea’s gem, the A’s got another strong pitching performance against the hard-hitting Red Sox. Daniel Mengden gave up one run in 6⅓ innings and Blake Treinen (1-1), Oakland’s third reliever, retired five batters.

Treinen tweaked his left knee while fielding Blake Swihart’s comebacker but remained in the game and got Christian Vazquez to fly out to end it.

Mitch Moreland had two hits and Brock Holt drove in Boston’s lone run.

Changing it up

Mengden allowed a pair of first-inning singles, then retired 16 of 17 before yielding back-to-back hits in the seventh. The right-hander with the handlebar mustache credited a new reliance on his changeup for the success.

“I probably threw the most changeups I’ve ever thrown in my life,” Mengden said.

Trainer’s room

Red Sox: LHP Bobby Poyner was activated off the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. He had been out with a left hamstring strain.

Up next

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (4-0, 1.40) pitches the opener of a three-game series in Toronto on Tuesday. He has thrown 13 consecutive scoreless innings over his previous two starts.

Athletics: RHP Trevor Cahill (1-0, 0.00) makes his second start of the season Monday at Texas. It’s the first time this season that the A’s will leave the West Coast.

Red Sox lose consecutive games for 1st time this year

Red Sox lose consecutive games for 1st time this year

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer off David Price with two outs in the eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat Boston 4-1 on Sunday, to deal the Red Sox consecutive losses for the first time under new manager Alex Cora.

Boston had won its first six series before losing two of three at the Coliseum, where they were no-hit Saturday by Sean Manaea. They still have the best record in the majors at 17-4.

Davis drove in all four runs for the A’s, and Blake Treinen (1-1) retired five batters to win. Price (2-2) allowed four runs and nine hits in 7 2/3 innings.

YANKEES 5, BLUE JAYS 1

Gleyber Torres went 0 for 4 with a strikeout, double-play grounder, popup and flyout in his big league debut, and the youthful Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 on Sunday when New York used a starting lineup that didn’t include a player 30 or older for the first time since Sept. 29, 1989.

Luis Severino (4-1) allowed three hits and struck out six in seven innings, and David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman finished the four-hitter.

Didi Gregorius homered, No. 9 batter Austin Romine laced a two-run double and rookie Miguel Andujar raised his average to .308 with a career-high four hits, including an RBI double, to help the Yankees take three of four in the series.

Jaime Garcia (2-1) gave up four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. The Blue Jays (13-8) lost consecutive games for the first time since opening the season with two home losses to the Yankees.

GIANTS 4, ANGELS 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Belt hung in for a 21-pitch, 12-minute, 45-second at-bat before flying out and later homered.

Belt fouled off 11 straight pitches and 16 in all from rookie right-hander Jaime Barria (1-1) in the first inning in the majors’ longest at-bat since records began in 1988. Belt singled and scored in the third and launched a leadoff homer against Blake Parker in the fifth. Belt saw 38 pitches in his first three at-bats, then hit the first pitch his last two times up.

Johnny Cueto (2-0) allowed two hits in six shutout innings. Hunter Strickland got his third save when Ian Kinsler flied out with runners on the corners.

Shohei Ohtani batted cleanup for the first time and went 1 for 4.

CUBS 9, ROCKIES 7

DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado was initially called safe by umpire Cory Blaser when he tried to score on a bases-loaded pitch that bounced to the backstop, then was ruled out when a video review concluded reliever Brandon Morrow applied the tag on a throw from catcher Willson Contreras.

Cubs star Kris Bryant was hit on the head with a 96 mph pitch from German Marquez in the first inning and left the game. Cubs spokesman Peter Chase said Bryant passed tests and had no sign of a concussion.

Tommy La Stella, Kyle Schwarber and Victor Caratini hit RBI singles later in the first off Marquez (1-2). Javier Baez, who had three RBIs, made it 4-0 in the second with his seventh homer and Jason Heyward had a two-run single in the third for a 6-0 lead.

Jose Quintana (2-1) allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. Morrow got his fourth save.

DIAMONDBACKS 4, PADRES 2

PHOENIX (AP) — Patrick Corbin (4-0) struck out 11 in six innings, and Arizona (15-6) became the first team since San Francisco in 2003 to win its first seven series.

Nick Ahmed hit a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks. Archie Bradley struck out Jose Pirela with a runner on third for his second save.

Rookie Joey Lucchese (2-1) gave up four runs and five hits.

INDIANS 7, ORIOLES 3

BALTIMORE (AP) — Jose Ramirez homered twice and drove in three runs, and Corey Kluber (3-1) won his third straight start, allowing three runs and six hits in seven-plus innings.

Manny Machado hit two solo homers for Baltimore, his third multihomer game this season. Baltimore (6-16) has lost ninth of 10.

Andrew Cashner (1-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings.

ROYALS 8, TIGERS 5

DETROIT (AP) — Mike Moustakas hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh off Buck Farmer after Drew VerHagen (0-1) walked two batters. The Royals won for only the second time in 12 games, and Moustakas extended his hitting streak to 14.

Abraham Almonte’s sixth-inning grand slam gave the Royals a 5-2 lead, but Detroit tied it with three runs in the bottom half.

Kevin McCarthy (1-0) became the first Kansas City reliever to win this season. Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

RAYS 8, TWINS 6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Gomez, in a 2-for-38 slide, hit a two-run homer off Addison Reed (0-1) in the ninth.

Daniel Robertson had a career-high four hits for Tampa Bay, which has gone 7-5 after a 1-8 start.

Alex Colome (2-2) struck out three during a perfect ninth for his second win in three days.

PHILLIES 3, PIRATES 2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Altherr hit a winning single in the 11th after Andrew Knapp’s opposite-field triple off the left-field wall against Rich Rodriguez (0-1). Philadelphia swept a four-game series against Pittsburgh for the first time since May 12-15, 1994.

Yacksel Rios (3-0) pitched a scoreless inning, stranding two runners. The Phillies have won 13 of 16 since a 1-4 start and are seven games over .500 for the first time since they were 24-17 on May 18, 2016.

ASTROS 7, WHITE SOX 1

CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Altuve hit a go-ahead single in a five-run seventh inning, and Houston stretched its winning streak to six.

Lance McCullers Jr. (3-1) allowed one run and eight hits over six innings as the World Series champions completed a three-game sweep in which they outscored the White Sox 27-2.

Chicago has lost seven straight games and 12 of 13, dropping to 4-14. Aaron Bummer (0-1) was the loser.

BREWERS 4, MARLINS 2

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich hit his first home run since coming off the disabled list. and Milwaukee completed a four-game sweep that extended its winning streak to six and dropped Miami to 5-16.

Junior Guerra (2-0) allowed one unearned run and five hits in five innings, and Josh Hader also gave up an unearned run in getting six outs for his third save.

Caleb Smith (0-3) struck out a career-high 10 in six innings for Miami, which outhit Milwaukee 6-4.

CARDINALS 9, REDS 2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kolten Wong and Paul DeJong homered to back Mike Mikolas (3-0), who yielded two runs — one earned — and five hits over seven innings. St. Louis has won eight of nine overall and 11 in a row over the Reds.

Cincinnati has lost five in a row and 13 of 14. The Reds have the worst record in the majors at 3-18 and are 0-3 since firing manager Bryan Price and replacing him with Jim Riggleman.

Luis Castillo (1-3) gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings.

RANGERS 7, MARINERS 4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo homered as Texas opened a 4-0 lead in the fourth against Erasmo Ramirez (0-1), who allowed five runs and five hits over 4 2/3 innings in his season debut.

Martin Perez (2-2) gave up seven hits, walked a batter and hit another one in six innings before leaving with a 5-2 lead. Keone Kela worked a scoreless ninth for his third save. He allowed consecutive hits starting the inning, but the game ended when shortstop Jurickson Profar made a tough catch of a popup in shallow left field.

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Red Sox lose second straight to A's

Red Sox lose second straight to A's

OAKLAND, Calif. — Khris Davis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer off David Price with two outs in the eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on Sunday.

A day after getting no-hit by Sean Manaea, Boston lost back-to-back games for the first time under new manager Alex Cora.

The Red Sox had won their first six series this season before dropping two of three at the Coliseum. They still have the best record in the majors at 17-4.

Davis had two hits and drove in all four runs for the A’s. Marcus Semien and Stephen Piscotty added two hits apiece as Oakland won for the sixth time in seven games.

Semien and Piscotty hit back-to-back singles off Price (2-2) with one out in the eighth. After Jed Lowrie struck out for the third time, Davis lined the first pitch into the seats in left field for his sixth home run.

Davis also had an RBI single off Price in the first.

Price allowed nine hits and four runs over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one.

Coming off Manaea’s gem, the A’s got another strong pitching performance against the hard-hitting Red Sox. Daniel Mengden gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings and Blake Treinen (1-1), Oakland’s third reliever, retired five batters to win.

Treinen appeared to injure his left ankle while fielding Blake Swinhart’s comebacker but remained in the game and got Christian Vazquez to fly out to end it.

Mitch Moreland had two hits and Brock Holt drove in Boston’s lone run.

Mengden allowed a pair of first-inning singles, then retired 16 of 17 before yielding back-to-back hits in the seventh. He left after giving up Holt’s tying RBI double in the seventh.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP Bobby Poyner was activated off the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. He had been out with a left hamstring strain.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (4-0, 1.40) pitches the opener of a three-game series in Toronto on Tuesday. He has thrown 13 consecutive scoreless innings over his previous two starts.

Athletics: RHP Trevor Cahill (1-0, 0.00) makes his second start of the season Monday at Texas. It’s the first time this season that the A’s will leave the West Coast.

Red Sox Notes: Why Alex Cora Let David Price Face Khris Davis In Loss To A's

Red Sox Notes: Why Alex Cora Let David Price Face Khris Davis In Loss To A's

Alex Cora had pressed all the right buttons for the Boston Red Sox through the first 20 games of the season, but sometimes decisions don’t pan out.

Such was the case Sunday in the Red Sox’s 4-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics.

With the game tied at one in the eighth inning, the A’s put together a one-out rally against Sox starter David Price. Marcus Semien singled to right and Stephen Piscotty followed by lacing a ball down the third-base line that Rafael Devers was able to knock down and keep in the infield, putting runners at first and second for Jed Lowrie.

Price was approaching 100 pitches and Cora had Carson Smith warming in the bullpen, but the manager elected to stick with the hard-throwing lefty. Price struck out Lowrie, who is Major League Baseball’s RBI leader, and Cora left him in to face right-handed slugger Khris Davis.

The move backfired as Price left a cutter out over the plate the Davis hammered over the left-field fence for a go-ahead, three-run home run that proved to be the difference in Oakland’s 4-1 win.

After the game, Cora explained his decision to stick with Price instead of going to the bullpen.

“The last cutter, over the heart of the plate, he gets Jed out, we had (Carson Smith) ready, but I felt the way he — with the conviction he pitched and the way he dominated Jed, right now Jed is probably the best hitter in the league, so I decided to leave him there and he left a cutter over the plate and Davis put a good swing on it,” Cora said after the game, as seen on NESN’s postgame coverage.

Cora noted it was Price’s last pitch to Lowrie that caused him to stick with the ace.

“We had Smith ready, but it doesn’t matter. The way (Price) got (Lowrie) out, you know, you could see, you know, he still had his fastball was good enough, and the pitch to Jed was probably the one that made me make the decision.”

The Red Sox manager did not have closer Craig Kimbrel warming during the eighth inning and said after the game that the right-hander only will come in for the eighth if Boston has a lead.

Boston now has lost two games in a row for the first time this season and will head to Toronto to finish its nine-game road trip against the Blue Jays.

Here are more notes from Red Sox-A’s: 

— The Red Sox have scored one run in their last 21 innings.

— Sunday’s defeat gave Boston its first series loss of the season.

— The Red Sox now are 6-4 in games started by Chris Sale and Price. They are 11-0 in games started by everyone else.

— On this date in 2007, the Red Sox hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs against the New York Yankees. Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek each went yard off starter Chase Wright.
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Khris Davis powers A's to win over Red Sox for 5-1 homestand

Khris Davis powers A's to win over Red Sox for 5-1 homestand

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OAKLAND — The Athletics have reason to feel good about their prospects following a 4-1 win over the Boston Red Sox Sunday at the Coliseum that finished off a homestand they hope will jump-start their season.

Khris Davis supplied all the power by driving in all four runs — all with two out — with a run-scoring single in the first and a three-run home run off Boston starter David Price in the eighth before an announced crowd of 29,804.

Meanwhile, four pitchers — starter Daniel Mengden and relievers Yusmeiro Petit, Ryan Buchter and finally winning pitcher Blake Treinen — shut down a Red Sox team which came into the series with a 17-2 record in large part because of their offensive prowess.

The win got the A’s back to .500 with an 11-11 record after a 5-1 homestand.

“We’ve just got to ride the wave out as long as we can and get timely hits,” Davis said. “The pitching has been fantastic so we want to be putting up runs. Couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Davis, who tends to break hitting down to its most basic fundamentals, explained his three-run home run against Price thusly:

“First pitch, hacking. That’s what happened,” Davis said.

It was the sixth home run of the season for Davis and his 91st since the start of the 2016 season.

“He got a good pitch to hit and he hammered it,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s a three-run homer waiting to happen.”

It’s hardly unprecedented for a team to have a 5-1 homestand, but the manner in which the Athletics accomplished it is noteworthy. They hadn’t won a single series since the season began and now depart on a nine-game road to Texas, Houston and Seattle with considerable momentum.

In a six-day period, the Athletics won their 50th anniversary game 10-2 against Chicago before a crowd of 46,028 who enjoyed free admission and parking, captured a game that lasted nearly six hours, beating the White Sox in 14 innings, got a no-hitter from left-hander Sean Manaea against the Red Sox, and took two of three from the hottest team in baseball.

“It’s a lot of momentum, a lot of confidence building,” third baseman Matt Chapman said. “I think everybody kind of played a part and that brings everybody together and gives us some good momentum for the road.”

For Mengden, who opened the homestand with eight strong innings in an 8-1 win over the White Sox, it was his second strong outing although he got no decision. Mengden had been 0-10 at the Coliseum before the win.

“What Sean did last night was remarkable,” Mengden said. “I tried to follow up as best I could.”

Mengden echoed Chapman’s thoughts about the effect the homestand has in the clubhouse.

“Team morale is through the roof right now,” Mengden said. “We’re playing well, we’re hitting well, we’re playing good defense, we’re throwing well.”

The best pitching may have come from Petit, the A’s reliever who had his first outing since returning from Venezuela on an emergency family medical leave.

Mengden cruised into the seventh inning before giving up a single to right center by Mitch Moreland and single to left by Rafael Devers. Blake Swihart hit a chopper in front of the plate that catcher Bruce Maxwell turned into a force at third, but second baseman Brock Holt doubled to right to bring in Boston’s first run.

Melvin called for Petit, who got Ramon Vasquez on a foul pop and then struck out Tzu-Wei Lin for the third out. He had extinguished Boston’s most serious threat.

“That’s no easy task that he had,” Melvin said. “Second and third, he’s got to try and leave them out there. He gets the pop up, gets the out. It’s an acquired taste and he’s been able to do it. His inherited (runners) numbers last year were really good. That’s part of the reason we brought him in.”

— Lowrie went 0-for-4 to snap a seven-game hitting streak, as well has his seven-game streak of having at least one RBI.

— Boston scored just one run in the their last 21 innings against A’s pitching after Moreland’s grand slam Friday night in the sixth inning gave them a 7-3 win in the series opener.

— Treinen evened his record at 1-1 pitching the last 1 2/3 innings. He did need a quick visit from the trainer in the ninth inning, however.

“(He) tweaked left knee little, caught his spike,” Melvin said.  “(They’re) looking at him right now but I think he’s OK.”

Red Sox Injuries: Alex Cora Gives Latest On Tyler Thornburg, Steven Wright

Red Sox Injuries: Alex Cora Gives Latest On Tyler Thornburg, Steven Wright

Boston Red Sox pitcher Tyler Thornburg

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Despite the Boston Red Sox’s tremendous start to the season, they are dealing with their fair share of injuries.

Xander Bogaerts is chief among them, given the shortstop was clubbing the ball prior to getting hurt April 8. However, he’s supposed to be activated Friday.

But also out are pitchers Steven Wright and Tyler Thornburg.

Before Saturday’s 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Sox manager Alex Cora provided updates on both pitchers.

Wright exited his first rehab start in Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday with back stiffness. Though he only threw 2 2/3 innings by the time he left, he already had tossed 61 pitches, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits, with three strikeouts and two walks.

“He didn’t feel right the whole outing,” Cora said of Wright, via MLB.com. “Most likely, we’ll keep him there, for now, in Pawtucket, but hopefully he gets better and he can make his next one.”

Once Wright is activated off the disabled list, he will have to serve a 15-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

The news on Thornburg is far more promising.

Since being acquired ahead of the 2017 season from the Milwaukee Brewers for Travis Shaw, the reliever has yet to make a regular-season appearance for the Red Sox due to a shoulder injury.

He’s been taking part in an extended spring training at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla., and now having shown good progress, will fly up to Boston this week to pitch a live batting practice.

“Let’s get him out of Fort Myers,” Cora said. “There’s a few people in Fort Myers that are going nuts right now. He’ll go up there, be around us, and we’ll go from there.”

While that doesn’t narrow down any specific timetables for either player for a return to MLB action, it still provides a little direction in their recovery process.