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Piscotty’s 5 RBI lead A’s past Bosox to close winning homestand

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

Bouncing back from an early 3-0 deficit, the A’s rebounded with seven unanswered runs to earn a 7-3 win against the Boston Red Sox Thursday afternoon at the Coliseum. The win completed a season opening homestand that saw Oakland take three out of four from the defending World Series champs, and go 6-2 overall.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Oakland’s Stephen Piscotty is greeted with congratulations at home plate following his three run home run in the third inning of the A’s 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox Thursday afternoon at the Coliseum. Piscotty added a two run double in the fourth to finish with five RBI’s on the day.

The Red Sox jumped on a shaky Brett Anderson early. Anderson walked in a pair of runs in the first inning along with giving up a solo home run to JD Martinez in the third before finding his rhythm. Settling down after the A’s scored three runs in both the third and fourth innings to take a 6-3 lead, he pitched into the sixth to earn his second win of the year.

Oakland’s bats awoke in the third. Josh Phegley led off with a double, Marcus Semien walked, and Stephen Piscotty homered to deep center to tie the game. The following inning, Piscotty’s ground rule double brought in another two runs, giving him five RBI’s for the day on the way to a four hit performance.

After that, the A’s bullpen took over. Lou Trivino came in with a man on and one out in the sixth and proceeded to strike out Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. to  end the threat. Joakim Soria pitched a perfect seventh, and Liam Hendricks shut the door with two scoreless innings to end the game.

Following the game, the A’s hit the road for a ten game road trip. Frankie Montas goes up against the Houston’s Collin McHugh tomorrow night at 5:10pm in the first of three games against the Astros.

About Daniel Gluskoter

Daniel Gluskoter is the Martinez Tribune's national music and sports editor and a Bay Area photojournalist who's work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2008 Presidential campaign as a correspondent for United Press International and has travelled worldwide covering events ranging from numerous Super Bowls and Olympics to Live Aid and the Grammys.

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