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Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press
The Red Sox exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat the Oakland Athletics 7-4 Sunday afternoon, completing a sweep of their three-game series with the A's.

Steven Wright, pitching out of the bullpen, tossed 3.1 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win and improve his record to 3-2. Tommy Layne pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save of 2015.

Oakland took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning on four hits, a walk and a wild pitch by Boston starter Clay Buchholz. Back-to-back doubles in the fifth brought home the fourth Oakland run.

Buchholz went 4.2 innings allowing the four runs on ten hits and two walks while striking out four. It was his shortest outing in his last five starts.

The Red Sox were shutout for seven innings by Oakland starter Kendall Graveman who scattered six hits and a pair of walks. In the eighth with Evan Scribner on the mound, the Sox offense finally came to life.

Rusney Castillo (pictured) led off the eighth with his first home run of the season. Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt singled, followed by an RBI hit by Hanley Ramirez. David Ortiz's sacrifice fly brought Holt in, followed by a Pablo Sandoval single. Xander Bogaerts doubled home two runs to give the Red Sox a 5-4 lead.

Alejandro De Aza and Castillo each followed with RBI singles to give Boston the 7-4 advantage.

Pedroia, Holt, Ramirez, Sandoval and Castillo each had two hits for Boston.

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Jim Monaghan 6/07/2015 09:33:00 PM Edit
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