Athletics at Red Sox
The Oakland Athletics have had their way with the Boston Red Sox this year and can finish the season series with five straight wins when the teams wrap up a three-game set at Fenway Park on Wednesday. After claiming the final two games of a series between the teams at Oakland last month, the Athletics have taken the first two contests in Boston this week.
Tuesday's 5-3 triumph also came with a heavy dose of emotion as Oakland outfielder Stephen Piscotty homered in his first at-bat since returning from the bereavement list following the death of his mother. Andrew Benintendi went deep among three hits but also had a baserunning gaffe in the first inning for the Red Sox, who were 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base while falling to 11-12 since their 17-2 start. Boston dropped a game behind the New York Yankees in the American League East while Oakland returned to .500 to give the AL West four teams at the even mark or better. The Athletics will try for the sweep with Trevor Cahill on the mound against Red Sox ace Chris Sale, whose lone loss this year came at Oakland.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, NBCS California (Oakland), NESN (Boston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics RH Trevor Cahill (1-1, 2.25 ERA) vs. Red Sox LH Chris Sale (3-1, 2.17)
Cahill went on the disabled list with an elbow impingement last week, just days after he struck out 12 in six scoreless innings against Baltimore on May 5. It was his second scoreless start in four tries on the year and left the 30-year-old with 31 strikeouts in 24 innings. Cahill has a 6.35 ERA in five career starts against the Red Sox and has been pounded for 20 runs in 21 1/3 innings at Fenway Park.
The league-leader in strikeouts a season ago has recorded 27 over his last two starts, including 15 in nine frames at Toronto on Friday. He also reached double-digits in seven strong innings at Oakland on April 21 but would up on the wrong end of a 3-0 final. Jed Lowrie is 9-for-23 against Sale while slugger Khris Davis is 2-for-14 with six strikeouts.
1. Athletics 3B Matt Chapman is 4-for-7 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the series.
2. Red Sox RHP Carson Smith was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a subluxation of his right shoulder, the result of throwing his glove in anger in the dugout after giving up a home run in the series opener.
3. Oakland has won back-to-back season series against Boston for the first time since 1987-88.