Donaldson hits RBI single in 11th as A's topple Red Sox

Carlos Osorio/APA’s starting pitcher Jesse Chavez takes his hat off after being relieved in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s loss in Detroit.

Josh Donaldson performed like an All-Star, though he'll be spending his break somewhere other than Citi Field New York.

Donaldson homered, then blooped an RBI single with two outs in the 11th inning as the A's beat Boston 3-2 Sunday despite a stellar start by Red Sox rookie Brandon Workman.

“I got jammed and was able to dink it in,” Donaldson said. “It was awesome.”

He heads into the break hitting .310 with 16 home runs and 61 RBIs. Numbers only AL All-Star third basemen Miguel Cabrera and backup Manny Machado can rival.

“In our hearts and minds he's an All-Star,” A's manager Bob Melvin said. “Not only did he knock in the winning run, he knocked in all three runs. That's a pretty good first half but there was no room for him.”

Workman took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning of his first major league start. Coco Crisp broke it up with a leadoff infield single.

He became the first Red Sox pitcher in 79 years to allow three or fewer baserunners in his first major league start.

Workman had pitched in only one big league game, getting roughed up over two innings in relief at Seattle on Wednesday. He became the third rookie in four days to pitch no-hit ball into the sixth inning of his first big league start — Houston's Jarred Cosart and Cleveland's Danny Salazar did it in their major league debuts.

Donaldson hit a two-run homer off Workman to tie it in the seventh, then singled with two outs in the 11th. Matt Thornton (0-4) lost in his Red Sox debut.

“That was pretty much all I have right there,” Donaldson said of his blast. “He made a mistake. I hit it hard.”

Ryan Cook (2-2) worked two innings for the victory.

“It's kind of our motto since the end of last year to just keep grinding,” Cook said. “We have a good feeling every day.”

Pinch-hitter Chris Young drew a leadoff walk in the Oakland 11th and moved up on a sacrifice. After a two-out walk, Donaldson singled to right field.

Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt each drove in a run for the Red Sox, who have not won a series in Oakland since July of 2006.

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