Sweeping success: Red Sox rout A's again

May 12th, 2016

BOSTON -- The Red Sox -- fueled by the red-hot Jackie Bradley Jr. -- belted the Athletics around for a third straight night and achieved some history along the way while completing a three-game sweep with a 13-3 thumping on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

While outscoring Oakland, 40-15, in the three games, Boston produced 13-plus runs in three straight games for the first time in franchise history. This is the first time any Major League team has accomplished that feat since the Indians from May 17-19, 1999.

The three-game streak of 13-plus runs and 15-plus hits ties the longest streak in the Majors in the last 100 years. Three other teams have done it. The Rockies were the most recent before Wednesday from June 6-8, 1996.

"It's great," said Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez. "The confidence and everything, we're pulling for each other all the way from the first out until there are 27. We don't give up and keep adding and adding. That's what we're doing. As a team, we're playing pretty good baseball."

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Conversely, the A's are mired in one of the worst pitching slumps in franchise history. This marks the first time Oakland has allowed 11 runs or more in four straight games.

"It's certainly embarrassing," A's outfielder Josh Reddick said of the series against his former club. "You look at early in the year, our pitching was doing well and we weren't swinging the bats, and now it seems the tables have turned on us. We just haven't gotten on the same page. That's what wins ballgames. You saw it over there with them this series."

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Bradley extended his career-long hitting streak to 17 games, hammering a pair of home runs and producing his second six-RBI game of the series. With a barrage of run support at his back, Rick Porcello (6-1, 3.11 ERA) cruised to the win, scattering six hits and three runs over 6 2/3 innings.

The Red Sox got at least one hit from all nine starters. Xander Bogaerts raised his average to .328 with a three-hit night. Dustin Pedroia ripped his sixth homer of the season. Mookie Betts, Chris Young and Christian Vazquez added multihit games.

"This was a very strong offensive three games we were able to put together," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "Our ability to drive the baseball was apparent throughout these three games."


JBJ continues extra-base tear: The most remarkable thing about Bradley's streak -- which is now just a game shy of the longest in the Majors this season -- is how many extra-base hits he is producing. During this torrid run, Bradley is 26-for-64 with 14 extra-base hits (five doubles, three triples, six homers) and 24 RBIs.

"Yeah, I feel confident out there right now," said Bradley. "I think I'm just kind of taking what the pitcher's giving me and just trying to hit it hard." More >

Surkamp stumbles:Eric Surkamp, recalled from Triple-A Nashville for Wednesday's start, couldn't stop a trend of woeful performances from A's starters. The left-hander only went so far as Sean Manaea did the night before: 2 2/3 innings, with four runs on as many hits and two walks allowed. A's starters totaled just nine innings in the three-game series, surrendering 19 earned runs and 22 hits in that span. On the season, they have an American League-worst 5.47 ERA.

"It's something you don't expect," Reddick said. "Something we've always taken pride in ourselves is pitching, and to see everybody struggle like they have, usually one out of five is going to pick you up, and just can't find that right now. Hopefully this day off will be something we need to get back into the groove and help us forget about the last five."

Young getting in rhythm:The Red Sox got Young to mash against lefties, but they didn't face many early in the season. They've seen a few more of late, and Young is starting to heat up a little. The veteran belted two doubles and drove in a run on Wednesday. Young is 8-for-21 with six doubles against southpaws this season.

"Any guy is going to get more comfortable with more consistent reps," said Farrell. We're going to get another lefty tomorrow night in [Dallas] Keuchel. He's doing exactly what we had brought him here to do, and that's drive the ball against some left-handers."


Bradley has 15 homers in his last 83 games dating back to last season. In his first 188 career games, he had just five homers.


With runners on second and third in the bottom of the fifth inning, Betts hit a sharp ground ball that bounced just in reach of A's shortstop Marcus Semien. A hustling Betts reached the bag around the same time the ball was in the glove of first baseman Billy Butler. Betts was initially ruled safe, but the call was overturned 48 seconds later for the second out of the inning.


A's: The A's head to St. Petersburg to cap off a three-city road trip, with lefty Rich Hill taking the mound in Friday's 4:10 p.m. PT series opener following an off-day Thursday. Hill is 4-3 with a 2.39 ERA in seven starts, compiling 46 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings for an average of 11 per nine innings.

Red Sox: Lefty David Price will try to get out of his recent rut when he opens a four-game series against the Astros at 7:10 p.m. ET at Fenway Park. Price has allowed six runs or more in three of his last four starts, but Boston's ace thinks he's made some mechanical adjustments that will make a difference.

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