The A's stand on the foul line for the National Anthem in 2017. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A’s smack Red Sox 8-3 for third win in a row

After dropping five of six on the club’s recent road trip, the Oakland Athletics won their third game in a row, bashing the Boston Red Sox, 8-3, on Saturday afternoon.

Entering the bottom of the fifth trailing 3-2, the A’s blitzed their guests for a five spot thanks to 1,342 feet of home runs from Mark Canha, Khris Davis and Chad Pinder. The most majestic blast of all — a 460-shot that landed in the plaza reserve — came off the bat of Pinder.

“It seems like they got longer and longer,” manager Bob Melvin told reporters. “Canha crushed that ball. KD, we’ve seen it and the Pinder one — I don’t even know how to explain that.”

Pinder, who also homered in Thursday night’s win, now has four long balls in 20 games, as he continues to hit his way onto Melvin’s lineup card.

“He’s getting more and more comfortable at the big league level,” the manager said. “He has power. We’ve talked about him as a hitter and he’s really starting to get comfortable. So, good for him.”

Jed Lowrie connected on his sixth homer and inning after the three-home run barrage, giving the A’s 63 on the season — the most in the American League.

“We hit a lot of home runs,” Melvin said. “When we’re playing well, we hit home runs. That’s how we score, for the most part. And really, it can happen anywhere in the lineup.”

After Sean Manaea allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings, Frankie Montas trotted out of the pen to deliver three scoreless frames while ringing up five strikeouts.

AXFORD RETURNS AS DULL HITS DISABLED LIST
The club activated John Axford before Saturday’s matinee, sending Ryan Dull (strained right knee) to the 10-day disabled list to clear a roster spot. Melvin said that an MRI revealed no structural damage for the 27-year-old reliever.MLB

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