The Red Sox wasted a very impressive outing by starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, losing to the Oakland Athletics 2-1 in 10 innings at O.co Coliseum.
De La Rosa scattered four hits over seven innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts but given how impotent the Boston offense currently is, he had absolutely no margin for error.
Photo courtesy Associated Press
Oakland scored first in the bottom of the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Alberto Callaspo. Boston tied the game in the top of the eighth inning when Dustin Pedroia (pictured) scampered in from third base on a wild pitch by Oakland reliever Luke Gregerson.
For the second time in as many games, former Red Sox outfielder Coco Crisp did the damage, driving in the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning with a single off Boston closer Koji Uehara.
The Red Sox managed just seven hits in the contest, and three of those were by Brock Holt. As in Friday night's game, they left a combined nineteen runners on base; they were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
The good news is that for the most part the starting pitching is producing, and no one is running away from the pack in the American League East. The bad news is that the offense is pitifully bad.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is seeing the same things you are. One would hope he's working on a deal to bring a bat with a pulse back to Boston.
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