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Smart base running from Dustin Pedroia, the rookies (Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts) and an extra-inning home run from Sandoval were the deciding factors for tonight's win.
The A's attacked first with a run in the bottom of the 3rd, but the Red Sox tied the game in the top of the 4th with a single from David Ortiz that drove in Pedroia. Oakland regained the lead in the bottom of the 4th, where Porcello got into trouble with a leadoff double from Ike Davis followed by a single from Brett Lawrie.
But then again, Boston tied the game in the top of the 5th with a double from Swihart followed by a single from Betts. Surprisingly, the A's again regained the lead in the bottom of the 5th with back-to-back doubles from Billy Butler and Stephen Vogt. Boston finally took the lead in the top of the 7th with a single from Betts and a forceout by Pedroia. As silly as it sounds, Oakland AGAIN tied the game in the bottom of the 7th with a sac fly by Stephen Vogt.
The game remained tied until the top of the 11th, where Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the year on a line drive to right field. Matt Barnes closed the game with two scoreless innings and was rewarded with his first Major League win of the year.
As a side note, Mujica made his debut as an Athletic and had a scoreless inning.
The Red Sox are now 2-1 in extra innings game this season.
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