David Ortiz's solo home run off Oakland A's reliever Fernando Abad in the top of the tenth inning proved the difference maker as the Red Sox overcame Koji Uehara's first blown save of the season with a 7-6 win at O.co Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
Jon Lester gave another strong performance going 7.2 innings and allowing just two earned runs on four hits and a pair of walks. He struck out four.
Boston scored in four of the first five innings - no, honest. Jonny Gomes got the festivities going with a two-RBI single in the first, followed by a David Ross solo home run in the second.
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After Oakland cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second, Mike Napoli (pictured) increased the lead back to two runs with a steal of home in the third on a blown first & third situation by the A's. He followed that with his 8th home run of the year in the fifth. Boston increased the lead to 4-1 in the eighth with an RBI triple by Jonathan Herrera.
Burke Badenhop came on in relief of Lester in the bottom of the eighth and allowed three runs to score and Uehara followed in the ninth giving up a pair of solo home runs.
Ortiz blasted his 17th home run of the season to left center in the tenth inning; Uehara pitched a clean bottom of the frame for his third win of the season.
Every member of the Red Sox starting nine had at least one hit in the team's 13-hit attack. Gomes led the way with three hits; Napoli and David Ross each had a pair.
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