OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Alfredo Aceves chased Jonny Gomes' foul pop past the first-base line, ran into catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the ball bounced out of the pitcher's glove.
Officially, that was one of two errors by the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.
But that only began to explain the many miscues and mistakes in another loss.
Dustin Pedroia's two-out RBI single in the sixth was all Boston could squeeze out of starter A.J. Griffin, losing 7-1 to the Oakland Athletics for its fifth straight loss.
"It's getting old. It's real old," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "The offense is stressed. It's a tough way to play the game."
Especially against an opponent on a hot streak.
Coco Crisp hit a leadoff home run and finished a triple shy of the cycle, and Brandon Inge's two-run double highlighted a four-run third inning against lefty Felix Doubront (10-7) to power Oakland to its season-high eighth straight win. Inge injured his troublesome right shoulder making a throw from third the inning prior and did not return. He said he will likely have season-ending surgery next week.
Chris Carter added his 13th homer to lead another overpowering A's victory. Oakland pounded Boston 20-2 on Friday to hand the franchise its most lopsided loss in more than a decade.
"It's tough trying to come out and get on the board first," Pedroia said. "It is something we haven't done for a while."
Griffin (4-0) retired the first 14 batters until Saltalamacchia's bunt single with the infield shifted. The rookie right-hander struck out five and walked none while giving up three hits in seven innings.
The low-budget A's, which won 74 games last year, improved to 75-57. Oakland leads Baltimore (73-59) for the first of two AL wild-card spots. Tampa Bay (72-61) is behind Baltimore.
Oakland's power at the plate has shown no signs of slowing down.
Crisp clocked a 1-2 fastball over the wall in left for his third leadoff home run of the season. The solo shot gave Oakland eight batters with at least 10 home runs for the first time since 2004.
Yoenis Cespedes singled home Gomes in the third and Inge added a two-run double in the inning that bounced off the glove of right fielder Cody Ross, whose right shoulder slammed into the wall and had to be checked by trainers. He stayed in the game.
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