BOSTON – James Kaprielian picked up the win in his first Major Baseball start and the Oakland Athletics beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Matt Olson hit a homerun for the A’s, while Sean Murphy and Jed Lowrie produced one run each.
Burch Smith and Lou Trivino split the work and gave Kaprielian no runs in three sets in relief, then Jake Diekman came in to close the books in the ninth for his fifth save.
The Red Sox have lost their last three games. The A’s will look to complete the three-game series sweep on Thursday.
Kaprielian (1-0) managed to regain control of his game after a more difficult first leg. He left the game after five innings allowing just four hits and three walks. He has completed six strikeouts.
The A’s hitters managed to hit seven hits and score four runs against Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez (5-1). The latter completed nine strikeouts, but he could not enjoy such a good offensive cushion than in his first six starts.
The Red Sox opened the game first in Major League Baseball in Hits (190), but struggled to get their runners in.
The Red Sox filled in the bases with no outs in the first inning, put runners at the ends of the diamond with no outs in the fifth, and had runners on second and third pads with one out in the eighth.
Meanwhile, the A’s just had to take advantage of their few opportunities to score points.
With the score tied at 1-1, Mitch Moreland opened the fifth inning with an A’s single, then Elvis Andrus hit a double. Rodriguez struck out Mark Canha on catches, but the Lowrie groundhand allowed Moreland to come in and score.
Andrus crossed plate immediately after to make it 3-1.
Elsewhere in the American:
Cubs 1 – Indians 2 (10th round)
CHC: Chicago was 1 in 15 with runners in scoring position
CLE: Amed Rosario’s single with goals filled in 10th inning gave Indians victory
Royals 2 – Tigers 4
KC: Royals lost 10th game in a row, worst drought since 2019
DET: Miguel Cabrera produced 2 points and passed Omar Vizquel for the most hits by a Venezuelan in the Majors with 2,878.
Angels 1 – Astros 9
LAA: Shohei Ohtani became the first player to strike 1st a day after starting as a pitcher from Ray Caldwell (Yankees) in July 1916
HOU: Astros hit 5 home runs, high for them this season
Twins 8 – White Sox 13
MIN: Nelson Cruz hit his 9th long ball of the season for the Twins, who have lost their last 3 games
CWS: rookie Andrew Vaughn hits his 1st homerun, White Sox win 5th game in a row