Moss gets 4 hits, 4 RBIs as A's rout Boston 20-2

Associated Press Modified: September 1, 2012 at 1:32 am •  Published: September 1, 2012

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — At one point late in Friday night's game, Josh Reddick hustled up to the clubhouse for a quick protein bar when he saw that Coco Crisp was hitting again. Reddick ran back down to the field before his turn came up again.

The Oakland Athletics experienced one of those rare offensive nights when nearly everything that could go right did. For everybody, too.

Brandon Moss had career highs of four hits, four RBIs and four runs, Reddick hit his first career grand slam, and the surging, surprising A's routed the Boston Red Sox 20-2 to match their best winning streak of the season at seven.

"It's fun, everybody's running to the bat rack ready to bat," Reddick said. "You can't wait to get in the batter's box."

What a way to head into the season's final month. And what a thump for Boston the week it unloaded its roster.

Josh Donaldson homered for the third straight game with a two-run shot and Moss also had a two-run drive to go with two RBI doubles to help back Brandon McCarthy (8-5) with a season high in runs.

Reddick connected for his 28th homer in the seventh off Mark Melancon as the A's scored their most runs since a 23-2 win over Texas on Sept. 30, 2000. They handed the Red Sox their most lopsided loss since a 22-1 defeat to the Yankees on June 19, 2000.

The A's had a season-best 19 hits and scored 20 runs for the fourth time in Oakland history, while Boston allowed 20 for the first time since Aug. 21, 2009, against the Yankees. Oakland has won six straight over Boston — the Red Sox's longest skid in the series since also dropping six straight in 1969.

"It wasn't any fun for anyone, that's for sure, except for the guys on the other side," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said.

George Kottaras had his first career two-homer game with a two-run drive and a solo shot on the way to a career-best five RBIs for Oakland (74-57), which matched its win total from 2011 and wrapped up an 18-10 August. The A's hit a season-high five home runs a day after getting four at Cleveland.

Oakland's nine-run seventh inning was the club's biggest since a nine-run frame last July 27 against Tampa Bay.

Jonny Gomes drove in two runs on a night he helped honor the Little League World Series players from his hometown of Petaluma in Northern California's wine country.

"I don't know that I can ask for much more than 20 runs," A's manager Bob Melvin said.

Donaldson added his third RBI on an error in the seventh, but was lifted for pinch-runner Adam Rosales at third after feeling some tightness in his right hip flexor. He hoped to play Saturday.

McCarthy won consecutive starts for the first time since June, and it was good timing with the A's leading Baltimore by a game in the AL wild-card race heading into the final month. The right-hander missed all of July while on the disabled list for a second time this year nursing a strained throwing shoulder.

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