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A's take series at Fenway
Blanton baffles Boston
Joe Blanton's been better in Oakland than on the road this season, but he made himself right at home at Fenway Park on Sunday, stifling the storied Red Sox hitters for seven stellar innings.
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 Kotsay's RBI single
 Ellis' RBI double
Athletics 8, Red Sox 1
Over seven innings, Joe Blanton allowed the Red Sox one run on five hits and four strikeouts. (Celina Fang/AP)
Series at a glance:
Fifth seals Snyder's fate
Spot starter Kyle Snyder was more than solid for four innings on Sunday, but his meltdown in the fifth, one that saw the A's plate five runs, all but assured Boston of a series loss to Oakland.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: July 16, 2006
OAK
Oakland (48-44)
Won 1
Oakland 8, Boston 1   BOS
Boston (54-36)
Lost 1
July 16, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Oakland
0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 3   8 15 2
Boston
0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   1 6 0
Standings thru 7/16/06  |  Gameday  |  Athletics Stats  |  Red Sox Stats
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kendall, C5130013.270
Ellis, 2B5111015.220
Kotsay, CF5143000.263
Thomas, DH1010000.247
  a-Swisher, PH-DH2011201.262
Payton, RF4012003.280
Crosby, SS5110015.232
Kielty, LF5120023.298
Melhuse, 1B3100011.227
Scutaro, 3B3211110.220
Totals3881583721 

a-Grounded into a double play for Thomas in the 4th.

BATTING
2B: Kotsay (17, Seanez), Ellis (11, Tavarez).
TB: Kendall 3; Ellis 2; Kotsay 5; Thomas; Swisher; Payton; Crosby; Kielty 2; Scutaro.
RBI: Scutaro (18), Kotsay 3 (35), Swisher (55), Payton 2 (35), Ellis (19).
2-out RBI: Kotsay 2; Swisher; Payton.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Crosby; Payton; Kielty 2.
SF: Payton.
GIDP: Ellis; Swisher; Melhuse.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
E: Scutaro 2 (5, fielding, fielding).
Outfield assists: Kotsay (Ramirez at 3rd base).
DP: (Melhuse).

 
BostonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Youkilis, 1B4000010.287
Loretta, 2B4010000.301
Ortiz, DH4000012.277
Ramirez, LF2010201.306
Nixon, RF4010003.307
Lowell, 3B4000001.299
Varitek, C4020010.242
Crisp, CF3000002.264
Gonzalez, SS3111011.281
Totals321612410 

BATTING
HR: Gonzalez (6, 5th inning off Blanton, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Loretta; Ramirez; Nixon; Varitek 2; Gonzalez 4.
RBI: Gonzalez (29).
2-out RBI: Gonzalez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Nixon; Ramirez.
GIDP: Crisp.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
DP: 3 (Snyder-Gonzalez-Youkilis, Lowell-Loretta-Youkilis, Gonzalez-Youkilis).

 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Blanton (W, 9-8)7.05112414.73
Duchscherer 1.01000002.42
Halsey 1.00000003.84
 
BostonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Snyder (L, 1-1)4.285516010.03
Seanez 2.02001104.46
Tavarez 1.14330005.12
Lopez, J 1.01001004.32

Tavarez pitched to 3 batters in the 9th.

WP: Duchscherer.
HBP: Melhuse (by Snyder).
Pitches-strikes: Blanton 104-67, Duchscherer 19-14, Halsey 16-8, Snyder 82-51, Seanez 34-21, Tavarez 35-22, Lopez, J 13-6.
Ground outs-fly outs: Blanton 6-10, Duchscherer 2-1, Halsey 1-2, Snyder 5-3, Seanez 2-3, Tavarez 4-0, Lopez, J 2-1.
Batters faced: Blanton 27, Duchscherer 4, Halsey 3, Snyder 22, Seanez 9, Tavarez 7, Lopez, J 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Seanez 2-1, Tavarez 2-0, Lopez, J 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Jeff Kellogg. 1B: Jerry Meals. 2B: Andy Fletcher. 3B: Mike Reilly.
Weather: 93 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 10 mph, Out to RF.
T: 3:09.
Att: 35,643.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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