RED SOX 6, A'S 4: Boston salvages win over A's

Annette Crawford
May 17, 2018

Returning from the disabled list for his first start since May 5, Cahill had a nightmarish first inning that saw him throw 35 pitches as he allowed three runs, including a two-run homer to J.D. Martinez.

Boston's pitchers were good enough, and the result was a much-needed 6-4 win. This comes less than one day after Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said the Celtics are "gooning the game up", per Martinez.

Three of the first four Red Sox hitters reached safely and scored, with Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi knocking back-to-back singles and Hanley Ramirez plating a run with a grounder to short.

His two-run homer was a tape-measure shot, 422 feet into the center field bleachers.

The A's managed to chase Red Sox ace Chris Sale out of the game earlier than usual, but Boston's bullpen was a riddle the A's could not solve.

The good: Chris Sale only gave up two hits over five innings of work and struck out nine. It was suddenly a 6-2 lead, and a solo homer by Matt Joyce against Heath Hembree in the seventh barely made a dent.

By now, we all know the story behind Drew Bledsoe and the "Scary Terry" shirts, but now we have Sale (and apparently other Red Sox players) with their own unique way of showing support.

Matt Barnes turned in a scoreless top of the sixth against the heart of the Oakland order, and the Red Sox doubled their offensive output in the bottom of the inning. Even more encouragingly, the hard-throwing right-hander didn't walk a batter.

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