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The A’s jumped out to an early lead, thanks to the leadoff homerun by Adam Kennedy and didn’t look back all night.
Brett Anderson put in a solid performance for Oakland, going six innings allowing only three runs on four hits and eight strikeouts. Penny got off to a rough start, allowing five runs in the first inning, and finished with giving up seven runs once his night was finished.
The Sox answered the A’s with three runs of their own in the first thanks to a three-run homer by Mike Lowell and some nice base running by Jacoby Ellsbury. As the story has been going recently, Boston could not seem to get a rhythm going on offense.
In the 9th, Boston had two men on, no out, and then Kevin Youkilis and Jason Bay went down swinging. Lowell kept hopes alive with an RBI single up the middle, only for J.D. Drew to ground out to end the game.
Again, the offense did not get hits when it counted. They went 2-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine runners on base.
The only bright spot for the Sox on offense tonight. Lowell finished with five RBI, two hits, one run scored and a walk.
Although the rest of the offense played poorly, giving up seven runs, seven hits, and four walks in five innings will not win you ball games.
W: B. Anderson (6-8)
L: B. Penny (7-5)
SV: A. Bailey (13)