Matt Olson homered and turned a critical double play as the Athletics beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 for their first win at Fenway Park since 2014.
Olson’s two-run homer, his 18th of the year, capped off a four-run first inning to give Jharel Cotton a lead before he even stepped on the mound. It was Olson’s third homer in his last four games, seventh of the month and 10th in his last 15 games.
Cotton allowed three runs over five innings by working his way out of jams. While he didn’t have a brilliant night, he remained composed in a hitter-friendly environment and limited damage.
The A’s led 6-1 in the third when the Red Sox mounted their most serious threat of the night. After Andrew Benintendi’s second double of the game cut the lead to 6-2, the Red Sox loaded the bases with A’s killer Mitch Moreland coming to the plate. Moreland hit a grounder to Olson, who stepped on the bag at first and then threw home, where Bruce Maxwell tagged out Dustin Pedroia to end the inning.
Jed Lowrie accompanied Olson by going 3-for-4. His RBI triple three batters into the game scored the game’s first run and in the third inning, Lowrie hit his 45th double of the season to extend the lead to 5-1. Lowrie scored later in the inning when Chad Pinder beat out a double play.
In all, the A’s scored six runs in four innings off Doug Fister.
Boston cut the lead to 6-3 on a Jackie Bradley Jr. homer in the fifth, but the A’s got the run back in the top of the sixth on Maxwell’s 11th double of the season. The A’s would combine five relievers to lock the game down from there.