Surging A’s finish off sweep 

click to enlarge Jemile Weeks #19 of the Oakland Athletics hits an RBI single, driving in Coco Crisp in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox. - THEARON W. HENDERSON/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Jemile Weeks #19 of the Oakland Athletics hits an RBI single, driving in Coco Crisp in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox.

Coco Crisp burned his former team for the second day in a row.

The outfielder tripled and scored the tie-breaking run in the seventh inning of the A’s 3-2 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday at the Coliseum. A night earlier, Crisp drove in two of the A’s three runs, including the game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth.

The A’s completed a three-game sweep of Boston, their first sweep of the Red Sox since May 2008.

Crisp, who also singled on Wednesday, has hit .333 (24-for-72) over his past 19 games. He led off the seventh with a triple off the right field fence against Aaron Cook. Jemile Weeks then singled against reliever Andrew Miller, snapping the 2-2 tie.

A’s reliever Grant Balfour, who retired all five batters he faced, picked up the victory. Jerry Blevins struck out David Ortiz to end the eighth. All-Star closer Ryan Cook worked the ninth to record the save.

The highlight of the day for the Red Sox was the 400th career homer for Ortiz, who became the 49th player to reach that milestone.

That homer snapped a streak of 14 consecutive scoreless innings for A’s rookie A.J. Griffin. The 24-year-old right-hander had allowed a two-run homer in the first inning of his debut on June 24, and then nothing else until Ortiz took him deep.

The Red Sox took the lead on Adrian Gonzalez’s two-out RBI single in the sixth.

The run was unearned because it followed a two-out error by Weeks.

Griffin retired the next batter and finished his day allowing one earned run in six innings. In 18 innings over three starts, he’s allowed just three earned runs.

The A’s took him off the hook for a loss by scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game.

Brandon Moss reached on a double when his pop fly dropped in shallow left field, apparently lost in the sun by third baseman Mauro Gomez and shortstop Mike Aviles. An out later, Brandon Inge doubled into right-center to drive in Moss, tying the game.

Moss had put the A’s on the board in the second inning with a homer, his 10th in just 24 games with the A’s. Moss became the first player to hit as many as 10 homers in his first 24 games with the A’s since Dave Kingman hit 11 in 1984.

Moss also stretched the A’s streak to 15 consecutive games with at least one homer, the club’s longest streak since April 12-May 1, 2002.

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