Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 and stroked a grand
slam as part of a five RBI night, and the Boston Red Sox clubbed their way
past the Oakland Athletics, 9-6, in the opener of a three-game set at Fenway
The red-hot Napoli, who was named the American League co-player of the week
with teammate Andrew Bailey on Monday, has driven in 17 runs over a nine-game
tear and is batting a cool .351 over the stretch.
The Red Sox were swept in Sunday's doubleheader against Kansas City, but Felix
Doubront (2-0) gave them a lift with a solid 6 2/3 innings of work. He struck
out eight and gave up just three runs on three hits and five walks.
Overall, Boston starters are a combined 10-3 on the young season.
Will Middlebrooks cranked a three-run homer, Jarrod Saltalamacchia
contributed an RBI double and after Oakland scored three runs in the eighth,
Bailey notched his fourth save of season with a scoreless ninth.
Oakland starter A.J. Griffin (2-1), who hadn't allowed more than two runs in
any of his first three starts, was tagged for all nine runs -- seven earned --
on eight hits over four-plus innings.
The Athletics, losers in four straight, managed just five hits. Josh
Reddick and Josh Donaldson had two RBI apiece and Chris Young drove in a run
in the setback.
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