Brandon Moss’ three-run homer highlighted a four-run second inning, and the A’s clobbered the Boston Red Sox 6-1 Monday night.
Rookie Jarrod Parker got the win, pitching 6²⁄³ innings. He gave up one run on six hits and three walks, and he struck out three. Parker (5-3) has won four of his last five decisions.
Parker is one of two pitchers (Dwight Gooden in 1984) to allow one run or less in nine of his first 13 starts.
Hard-throwing lefty Sean Doolittle retired all seven batters he faced to close out the victory. He struck out three.
Boston’s Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-3) made his fifth start since his return from Tommy John surgery and had his worst outing of the season. He lasted only one-plus inning and allowed four hits and five runs.
Oakland’s Josh Reddick homered to right field on the first pitch he saw against his former team. He was originally drafted by Boston but traded to the A’s with two other players in the offseason in exchange for closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney. Reddick leads the A’s with 19 home runs and 41 RBI, but was not chosen to participate in the All-Star Game.
Matsuzaka would not record an out in the second inning as the A’s batted around. Seth Smith doubled to left-center. The ball was briefly in center fielder Ryan Kalish’s glove, but he couldn’t hold on. Derek Norris walked, and Moss hit a line drive just over the out-of-town scoreboard in right field to put the A’s ahead 4-1.
After Brandon Inge singled to left, Matsuzaka was replaced by Clayton Mortensen, who issued two walks. With the bases loaded, Reddick hit a sacrifice fly to center to make it a four-run cushion. Mortensen went five innings in relief, allowing only a run in the sixth to give Oakland a 6-1 advantage.