Oh, Miss .500. We've missed you so. Never thought we'd make up at Fenway Park, but this is the season for believing, so here we are. Come, visit, stay awhile.
The 4-2 win looked solid on paper, but it was plenty dramatic in practice, as Fenway games always are. The A's, in their natty throwback uniforms, put together a nice back-to-back pair of games to steal a series from the Red Sox. Brandon McCarthy got the win (and some run support!) today and Fuentes earned his 200th career save.
The first three innings flew by with nothing but a lot of zeros, but the A's broke free in the fourth, as a Cespedes double and a Smith single gave the A's a 1-0 lead. The A's would extend the lead in the sixth, as Reddick opened the inning with a single and scored on a Seth Smith "double" (the ball was just not caught). The A's will take runs any way they can get them, so no one minded. Ka'aihue, who is looking more and more like a fixture at first base, doubled in Smith for the A's third run, and after Kurt Suzuki was hit by a pitch on his hand, Brandon Inge joined the doubles parade himself, plating the fourth and final run of the game. The A's would leave two runners on, but luckily, they wouldn't need them.
Brandon McCarthy got it done today, pitching six and a third innings, allowing five hits and one run. He held Boston scoreless until the seventh, when a single, double, and sac fly brought home a run. McCarthy would get a huge second out, but walked Ryan Sweeney to put two on, and was replaced by Ryan Cook. Cook walked Pedroia to load the bases with two outs, just to make it dramatic, but struck out Gonzalez to end the threat. He would also pitch the eighth inning, dodging a leadoff double by David Ortiz.
Fuentes may have given up a single and a RBI double to scare us a bit, but he did get the save; it didn't really feel in danger, and the A's are dancing with Miss .500 in Boston as they wing their way over to Tampa Bay.
The next game will be against the Rays at 4:10 on Friday; Tyson Ross vs. David Price. I'll be here with your Friday night game thread. And some drinks.