BOSTON — Oakland is in a pitching rut, and for now at least, there doesn’t seem to be many answers as to why.
Jackie Bradley Jr. had two home runs and six RBIs to extend his hitting streak to 17 games, and the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Athletics with a 13-3 win on Wednesday night.
Boston scored six runs in the first four innings and then had four more in the fifth to post its third straight game with at least 10 runs. Dustin Pedroia added a home run and the Red Sox finished with a season-high 17 hits.
The Red Sox outscored the Athletics 40-15 for the series.
“Tough series for us, team’s playing hot, swinging the bats well, doing everything right,” Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. “We’re playing out of position. The bullpen’s in disarray for us.”
Oakland in particular had no pitching that could tame Bradley, who for the series finished 8 for 14 with three homers and 13 RBIs.
The A’s have lost a season-high five straight and fell to a season-low six games below .500. The losing skid is their longest since September of last year.
Rick Porcello (6-1) got the win, and has now pitched six or more innings in 15 straight starts — extending the longest active streak in the majors.
Eric Surkamp (0-3) took the loss after giving up four runs in just 2 2-3 innings of work.
Bradley also had six RBI in the series opener on Monday.
The Athletics have now allowed 11 or more runs in each of their last four games, the longest such streak in franchise history.
The A’s have allowed 51 runs and 60 hits in their last four games, tying a franchise record.
“Embarrassing. They scored like 10 runs in each game,” Josh Reddick said.
Melvin said it’s surprising how unreliable the pitching has been this year.
“It’s been several years since — at least since I’ve been here — that we’ve gone through something like this,” he said. “No one said it was going to be easy.”
Boston has thrived early in games this season and entered Wednesday having outscored its opponents 38-11 in the first inning. This time it took an inning before its bats came to life.
Bradley started it off with his first home run off the roof of Red Sox’s bullpen that put Boston in front 3-1. It was his second home run of the series and fifth during his streak.
Oakland tied it in the third inning with Khris Davis’s two-run single. Boston then came right back in its half of the inning to retake the lead for good on Chris Young’s RBI double off Fenway’s green monster.MLB