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The Red Sox three-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday night in Oakland, as the Athletics beat the Sox 5-0.
The Sox got an outstanding start from a previously slumping starter for the second straight game. John Lackey followed up a solid performance from Daisuke Matsuzaka on Marahton Monday with a gem of his own. In six innings, he gave up only one run and four hits on 93 pitches.
Oakland starter Brett Anderson kept the Sox’ bats quiet, though. Anderson went eight innings, struck out eight and allowed only four hits. He also benefited from a questionable play in the fourth. Anderson caught Dustin Pedroia stealing, but both Pedroia and Terry Francona thought the pickoff was a balk. Francona argued his case, but to no avail. and was ejected from the game.
Dan Wheeler gave the Sox a solid 7th inning, but served up a double to Cliff Pennington to start the eighth. He was relieved by lefty Hideki Okajima, who allowed the insurance run to score and then some. Okajima imploded and let Oakland open up a 4-0 lead. Alredo Aceves came in for Okajima, and in a third of an inning, he gave up a hit and a run that was credited to Okajima.
Oakland scored four runs in the eighth to give themselves a 5-0 lead, and they didn’t look back. The Sox tried to make a little noise in the top of the 9th, but left two runners on to end the game and give Oakland the shutout.
The loss drops Boston to 0-7 on the road and 5-11 overall.
The problem for Boston in this one was the lack of offense coming from the Sox. This was the same lineup that outscored the Blue Jays 27-10 in their four-game series. Shortstop Jed Lowrie followed up his four-hit, four-RBI game on Monday with an 0-for-4 performance to end his seven-game hitting streak. Carl Crawford also continued to struggle, going 1-for-3, and the one was an infield hit on a dribbler to the shortstop.
The Sox will hope to get back on the winning track Sunday at 3:35 in Oakland