Thursday, May 2, 2019

Red Sox Sweep Away Oakland A's, Moreland And Vazquez Homer In 7-3 Win

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Their first series sweep of 2019 saw the Red Sox beat-up on the A's in a 7-3 win at Fenway Park on Wednesday afternoon. After falling behind 1-0, Boston tied things on a few lucky bounces—then pulled away on more home run power. Both Mitch Moreland and Christian Vazquez clouted solo shots, and Boston made the best of other opportunities to cruise to a fairly easy victory. After Hector Velazquez went just two innings, the bullpen was again dominant (with the exception of the pathetic Tyler Thornburg, who gave up another two runs in the ninth). Marcus Walden got his fourth win of the year—going three shutout innings and giving up just one hit. Brandon Workman, Colten Brewer and Heath Hembree also delivered scoreless frames. On the offensive side, other contributors were: Andrew Benintendi (2 RBIs); Rafael Devers (2-4, 2 Rs); and Tzu-Wei Lin (2-4, R, RBI). The win pulled Boston to within just three victories of the .500 mark (14-17)—and places them 5.5 games out of first place. The team now heads on the road—starting in Chicago to face The Pale Hose.