Red Sox get hot early, beat lowly Athletics

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Jul 7, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Adam Duvall (18) hits a RBI single against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning at Fenway Park.

Jul 7, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Adam Duvall (18) hits a RBI single against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning at Fenway Park.
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A five-run second inning gave the Boston Red Sox all the offense they needed en route to a 7-3 win over the visiting Oakland Athletics on Friday night

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Jarren Duran, Justin Turner and Alex Verdugo all went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead Boston, while Yu Chang drove in two runs.

Nick Pivetta (5-5) allowed two earned runs in five innings to earn the win following opener Brennan Bernardino.

Seth Brown homered and scored twice for Oakland.

The Red Sox offense rallied for its second big inning in as many nights, scoring five runs while batting around in the bottom of the second

After Verdugo and Enrique Hernandez singled and Triston Casas walked to load the bases, A’s opener Sam Long (0-1) was pulled in favor of Luis Medina, who allowed three straight one-out singles that produced the opening runs.

Chang hit a ground ball single into center field to bring in the first two runs. After Medina uncorked a wild pitch, Duran and Turner laced back-to-back base hits to increase the Boston lead to 4-0. Rafael Devers finished the scoring in the inning with an RBI fielder’s choice.

Oakland got on the board with Tony Kemp’s two-out single in the fifth. Kemp was able to advance on a subsequent throwing error by Devers, but Pivetta got out of the jam with a popup.

Brown added to the Oakland offense with a one-out homer to right-center following Shea Langeliers’ double in the seventh.

The Red Sox responded with back-to-back RBI singles by Adam Duvall and Verdugo in the bottom half of the frame

Bernardino set up the Boston pitching staff well for the rest of the night, pitching two scoreless innings with one hit, one walk and three strikeouts as an opener.

The A’s also used an opener as Long pitched a scoreless first inning before the Red Sox loaded the bases on him to start up their big inning. Medina worked the next six frames, striking out nine and retiring 12 consecutive batters at one point during his outing

–Field Level Media

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