A’s parlay early pop and clutch bullpen to shut down Red Sox 6-5


The A’s road the strength of three early two-run home runs and strong relief pitching to overcome four fielding errors to score a 6-5 win over the Red Sox in the rubber match of their three game series at the Coliseum Wednesday afternoon.

Angel Felipe delivers a pitch during the Athletics 6-5 win over the Boston Red Sox Wednesday afternoon. Felipe came on in the sixth to retire all five batters he faced to record his first Major League win.

JJ Bleday, Jace Peterson and Cody Thomas each connected for for two-run shots off Boston starter and loser Brayan Bello (7-6, 3.60) to jump out to a 6-2 lead after four innings. Thomas’ second inning homer was the first of his Major League career.

The Red Sox closed the gap to 6-5 in the sixth but Angel Felipe (1-0, 1.42) came on to retire five in a row for his first big league win before Sammy Long and Trevor May each came on with scoreless innings to help Oakland improve their July record to 5-9.

Houston’s Astros make their final trip to the Coliseum for a four game series starting Thursday night at 6:40PM. J.P. France (4-3, 3.31) is schedules to take the mound for Dusty Baker’s troops against Hogan Harris (2-3, 6.51) in the opener.

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