Instant Analysis: A's streak ends as Manaea roughed up by Red Sox
Not Sean Manaea's night
BOSTON — Leave it to Fenway Park to halt the A’s joyride.
They brought a five-game winning streak and red-hot offense into the major leagues’ oldest ballpark Tuesday, only to get grounded in an 11-1 rout by the Boston Red Sox.
Any surprise that the good vibes would end here? The A’s have lost seven in a row in Boston, and going back further, 29 of their past 38. But their offense set out for this nine-game road trip on a tear, having scored 41 runs in a four-game sweep of Houston, their second-most in a four-game series in Oakland history.
Despite taking a first-inning lead against lefty Eduardo Rodriguez, the A’s mustered just three hits total. Meanwhile, a stretch of solid starting pitching came to an end as Sean Manaea (10-10) got knocked around for seven runs in just 3 2/3 innings.
In two starts at Fenway, the lefty has surrendered 15 earned runs in just 6 1/3 innings. All told, it was a reversal of all that went so well for Oakland during its season high-tying five-game winning streak. The A’s even kicked in two errors on the night.
The Red Sox, meanwhile collected 16 hits and right fielder Mookie Betts homered twice and had six RBI as Boston increased its American League East lead to four games over the second-place Yankees.
NOT HIS SHARPEST
Manaea’s first start at Fenway Park came in May 2016, just his third outing as a big leaguer. He’s flashed lots of dominant moments since then. He’s also experienced some struggles. But he’d logged four solid starts in a row leading into this one. A’s had gone six innings and given up two earned runs or less in four of the previous five games before Manaea’s 3 2/3-inning effort Tuesday.
He simply caught too much plate with too many pitches, and the Red Sox made him pay.
Betts became the first player in Red Sox history to record back-to-back 20-homer, 20-stolen base seasons. The only other Red Sox player in history with two 20/20 seasons at all is Jackie Jensen, who accomplished the feat in 1954 and 1959.
GOOD WHILE IT LASTED
The A’s took a short-lived lead in the first off Rodriguez (5-5), who allowed just one hit over six innings, struck out nine and walked four. Chad Pinder drew a one-out walk, then former Boston infielder Jed Lowrie doubled to right field to score him.
DIFFERENT LOCATION, DIFFERENT RESULT
The A’s took three of four from Boston at the Coliseum back in May. Their seven straight losses at Fenway is their most since dropping eight in a row bridging 1996 and 1997.