Instant Analysis: A's score four in the first, beat Red Sox in Boston
A's offense strikes early
BOSTON — The A’s jumped up early on one of the American League’s hottest pitchers and ended their eight-game road losing streak Wednesday night.
They scored four runs in the first inning en route to a 7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, halting a road losing streak that matched their second longest over the last 12 years.
Their path to victory was interrupted by a 19-minute rain delay after the top of the seventh, after a light drizzle turned into a heavy downpour that wound up not lasting that long.
Oakland’s last victory away from the Coliseum before Wednesday came back on Aug. 22 at Baltimore. They would like to show they can take the momentum from their five-game winning streak on the last homestand and transfer it to the road, where they are a major league-worst 22-48.
Red Sox right-hander Doug Fister (5-8) came in having allowed just five earned runs over his past four starts. But the A’s got to him quickly, with Matt Olson’s two-run homer punctuating their four-run first.
Olson continues his impressive tear. Since being recalled from the minors Aug. 8, he has 14 homers and 27 RBI in 31 games. His 14 homers since Aug. 11 are the most in the American League. Olson’s 18 homers also are the most by an Athletic 23 years old or younger since Eric Chavez hit 32 in 2001.
Doing His Part
Rookie starter Jharel Cotton (8-10) lasted just five innings, but he kept things under control after being handed a 6-1 lead and registered the victory. Cotton allowed three runs on six hits.
Jed Lowrie had an RBI triple in the first inning. He went 3-for-4 with two RBI and finished just a homer short of the cycle. It was the second night in a row Lowrie drove in a first-inning run.
Three fans were escorted out of Fenway Park after unfurling a black and white sign over the Green Monster that read “Racism is as American as Baseball,” the intentions of the sign a bit ambiguous.