Athletics snap 6-game skid with 9-2 win over Red Sox
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) For one night at least, the Oakland Athletics put everything together.
Josh Reddick had four hits with a homer and three RBIs, Drew Pomeranz took advantage of sterling defense to match the longest start of his career and the A's snapped a six-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.
''We all believe that's who we are,'' Pomeranz said. ''We've just kind of been in a little funk in a little stretch there this season. This is who we are. This is how we played last year. We just build from here now.''
Stephen Vogt and Marcus Semien homered and Eric Sogard drove in three runs to help the A's snap their longest losing streak since 2012.
Pomeranz (2-3) faced the minimum 15 batters through five innings and was efficient all night. He allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings to win for the first time since his opening start of the season, April 10 against Seattle.
''Now the trick is to get a couple in a row and now you start feeling good about yourself, and the confidence comes out and the talent level that we have,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ''But we have to put it together. We haven't been very good about that this year.''
Justin Masterson (2-2) failed to make it out of the third inning in his own personal house of horrors. He allowed six runs and six hits in 2 1-3 innings and fell to 0-6 with a 7.26 ERA in eight appearances at the Coliseum.
''His last two outings are not anywhere close to what he's shown this year,'' manager John Farrell said. ''He's clearly not right.''
The A's struck early against Masterson with Semien hitting a triple in the first and scoring on Reddick's single. Vogt's career-high tying ninth homer made it 3-0.
Sogard added an RBI double in the second and Reddick homered to lead off the third. Masterson was replaced by Steven Wright after walking Vogt with one out in the third.
''Part of me wants to put it on the voodoo of the Coliseum,'' Masterson said. ''I never got close to getting comfortable.''
Sogard added a two-run single that inning and Semien led off the fourth against Wright with his sixth homer to make it 8-0.
Pomeranz got plenty of help from his defense, including a sharp play by himself on a comebacker. Coco Crisp started it when he threw out Dustin Pedroia from left field trying to stretch a single into a double in the first inning. Crisp also made a twisting, acrobatic catch to rob Mike Napoli of an extra-base hit in the second and Vogt and center fielder Sam Fuld also had diving catches.
''It was pretty amazing to watch,'' Reddick said. ''Coco had two or three of them and Sammie had one. Even Pomeranz got in on the action with his little sweet play. It was fun to see.''
Semien did make a throwing error in the seventh. That marked Oakland's 10th straight game with an error and the team's major league worst 35th on the season.
Red Sox: RF Shane Victorino started for the second straight day since coming off the DL on Monday with a strained right hamstring.
Athletics: INF/OF Ben Zobrist took live batting practice for the first time since having surgery last month to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. ... 1B Ike Davis (quadriceps) sat out after leaving the game early Monday.
Crisp went 0 for 4 with a walk and has no hits in 25 at-bats this season since coming off the DL following elbow surgery. His regular-season hitless streak is at 38 at-bats since last Sept. 26, tied for the second-longest in Oakland history. The record is 40 straight hitless at-bats by Jose Canseco in 1986.
Red Sox: Wade Miley (1-4) who has lost his last three starts with a 7.63 ERA makes his first career appearance against the A's in the series finale.
Athletics: Look for their first home series win of the season behind ace Sonny Gray (4-0). Oakland was 0-3-1 in its first four series at home this year.