OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Franchy Cordero hit a three-run homer off Frankie Montas in the sixth inning and the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 5-2 win on Sunday.
Rich Hill went three hits in six innings and had five strikeouts. Rafael Devers homered and drove in two runs as the Red Sox extended their winning streak to four and came back to .500 (27-27) for the first time since April 22.
The A’s lost their seventh in a row and fell to 7-23 at home – the worst record at the majors and the second worst in franchise history in 30 games. The 1920 Philadelphia A’s started 6-23-1 at home.
Montas (2-6) gave up 14 of 15 after a bumpy first inning before a throwing error by third baseman Kevin Smith in the sixth helped set up Boston’s big inning.
After Devers walked and Xander Bogaerts reached the error, Alex Verdugo flew out and Trevor Story came out. A’s manager Mark Kotsay made a visit to the mound, then Cordero hit the next pitch into the left field stands.
Hill (2-3) bounced back from his worst start to the season to beat the A’s for the second time in nine career appearances. The 42-year-old southpaw didn’t walk a batter and went 16 straight after Ramón Laureano’s RBI double in the first before leaving after Jed Lowrie’s first single in the seventh.
Devers hit an RBI single in the first and homered to the lead in the eighth.
Montas had seven strikeouts in six innings, but lost his fifth in a row. Without a win since April 18, he allowed six hits and four runs (including one earned).
Six of Devers’ 11 home runs were soloed. … The A’s have been shut out three times and held to a point three times in Montas’ last nine starts. … The Red Sox have won eight of their last 11 road games. … The 1-9 homestand is the second-worst in Oakland history. They went 0-6 at the Coliseum from April 29 to May 4 earlier this year.
Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale will pitch another bullpen on Tuesday, then face the batters on Friday. … RHP Hansel Robles (back spasms) will kick an innings for Triple-A Worcester on Tuesday and could join the big league club on Thursday. … LHP James Paxton (elbow surgery) throws up to 120 feet and pushed management to allow him to get back on the mound soon. … JD Martinez has been given the day off as part of manager Alex Cora’s plan to rest his veteran players next week.
Athletics: OF Stephen Piscotty (sprained calf) moved on to hitting the cage, but will remain in Oakland to continue his rehabilitation during the team’s road trip.
Red Sox: RHP Michael Wacha (3-1, 2.43 ERA) faces the Angels in Anaheim on Monday. Wacha has allowed two or fewer earned runs and four or fewer hits in seven of his eight starts.
Athletics: After a day off, LHP Cole Irvin (2-2, 2.96) pitches against the Braves in Atlanta on Tuesday. Irvin has allowed one home run in his previous six starts.
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