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Homers help Red Sox avoid A’s sweep, 6-4

  • Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts, right, is congratulated by Hanley Ramirez after crossing home plate on his three-run home run off Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Ryan Dull during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

  • Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts, right, is congratulated by J.D. Martinez as he crosses home plate after his three-run home run off Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Ryan Dull during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

  • Oakland Athletics' Marcus Semien (10) is congratulated by Chad Pinder after his two-run home run off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

  • Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Ryan Dull (66) waits for Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts to run the bases on a three-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale rubs up a new baseball after a two-run home run by Oakland Athletics' Marcus Semien during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

  • Boston Red Sox's J.D. Martinez points upward as he crosses home plate on his three-run home run off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Trevor Cahill during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa



Associated Press
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

BOSTON — Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer, J.D. Martinez added a two-run shot and the Boston Red Sox avoided their first series sweep this season with a 6-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.

The win also prevented Boston from matching its season-high losing streak of three games.

Chris Sale (4-1) gave up just two runs and two hits in five innings, striking out nine and walking four — his most base on balls since also allowing four on August 31, 2016.

Craig Kimbrel, the fourth reliever, got the final three outs for his 12th save.

Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer, and Matt Joyce and Matt Olson each hit a solo shot for the Athletics, who won the first two games and finished the season series by winning four of six.

Trevor Cahill (1-2) gave up three runs to the first four batters he faced, but held the Red Sox scoreless the rest his five innings.

Coming off a career-tying 15-strikeout performance over nine innings in his previous start, Sale struggled with his command on a chilly, misty evening and was lifted after 102 pitches.

Martinez’s homer into the center-field seats highlighted a three-run first. Hanley Ramirez had a run-scoring grounder before Martinez’s drive into the first section of the bleachers to the right of the Green Monster.

Bogaerts’ homer completely left Fenway Park over the Monster and made it 6-2 in the sixth.

Semien’s drive also left Fenway over the Monster.