Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Josh Donaldson hit a game-tying two-run homer
and then the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning, lifting
Oakland to a 3-2 victory over Boston in the finale of a three-game set.
Matt Thornton (0-4) walked pinch-hitter Chris Young to start the frame, and
Eric Sogard sacrificed him to second. Coco Crisp's grounder failed to move
him, then Derek Norris drew a pinch-hit base on balls ahead of Donaldson's
solid hit to center to end the contest.
Ryan Cook (2-2) turned in two scoreless relief innings to pick up the win
for the Athletics, who hit the All-Star break having won seven of their last
10 and hold a two-game edge over Texas in the AL West.
Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt knocked in a run apiece for the Red Sox, who
dropped the final two games in the series but still hold a 2 1/2-game edge in
the AL East over Tampa Bay.
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