After his outing tonight, Jarrod Parker has allowed one earned run or fewer in 10 of his 14 starts. That's no easy task especially as a rookie.
The game led off with a double off the bat of Bay Area native Daniel Nava and he was quickly driven in with a single by Dustin Pedroia. Jarrod Parker settled down after the single as he was able to get David Ortiz to ground into a double play, but he then walked Jarrod Saltalamacchia before striking out Adrian Gonzalez to end the 1st inning.
Making his 6th start of the season, Daisuke Matsuzaka retired Coco Crisp and Jemile Weeks in order, but gave up a solo home run to Josh Reddick, his 19th on the year, to tie the game. Parker retired the top of the 2nd in order and then in the bottom of the inning, Seth Smith led off with a double off of Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka then walked Derek Norris before giving up a three-run home run to Brandon Moss for his 9th in 22 games, to break the tie and give the A's a 4 - 1 lead. Still without an out, Brandon Inge then single to left field and then Matsuzaka walked Cliff Pennington, forcing Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine to replace him after only one inning as relief pitcher Clay Mortensen took the mound with runners on first and second and no outs. Mortensen didn't bring much relief by walking Coco Crisp to load the bases, but he was able to limit the damage to only one other run as Jemile Weeks popped out in foul territory on a 3 - 1 count before Josh Reddick hit a sac fly to score Brandon Inge from third. Yoenis Cespedes then grounded out to end the inning with the A's only scoring one run with the bases loaded and no outs.
But they weren't done yet as in the bottom of the 6th with Brandon Moss and Derek Norris (who stole 2nd in the inning) were on first and third with one out as Brandon Inge hit a sac fly to center field to score Norris and bring the A's to a 6 - 1 lead.
Parker's only jam came in the top of the 7th inning when a walk and a single from Cody Ross and Ryan Kalish put runners on first and second with no outs. Parker rebounded nicely as he induced a ground ball to third off the bat of Mike Aviles as it was fielded by third basemen Brandon Inge for a forceout at third, but Inge was unable to throw to first for the double play as he hesitated by looking to get the out at second before throwing to first. With one out and runners on first and second, Parker struck out Nick Punto for the second out, but left the game as he was at 103 pitches. Sean Doolittle came in and quickly struck out Daniel Nava for the final out.
It was all smooth sailing from then on as Doolittle pitched 2.1 innings of relief and shut the door as he struck out Ryan Kalish en route to a 6 - 1 win over the Boston Red Sox!
We do it all again tomorrow. Same time, same place. Watch Bartolo Colon make his first start off of the DL against Jon Lester. See you tomorrow!