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A's pad lead in West
Beckett, Sox fall short
Josh Beckett did everything he could to compensate for Boston's depleted lineup, but he and the Red Sox came up a run short against the host Athletics. Boston's only run scored on Eric Hinske's single that scored Kevin Youkilis in the sixth inning.
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Athletics 2, Red Sox 1
An exuberant Frank Thomas celebrates the victory over Boston with Mark Kotsay. (Ben Margot/AP)
Series at a glance:
Saarloos hot again
Right-hander Kirk Saarloos shut down the Red Sox for 6 1/3 innings, allowing only six hits and one run, as the A's sent the Red Sox to their fifth straight loss. Oakland extended its lead in the American League West to a season-high 7 1/2 games over the Angels. The A's scored a run in the fourth and another in the fifth.
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 Chavez's RBI double
TODAY'S WRAPS: August 29, 2006
DET
NYY
PPD
BOS
Boston (71-61)
Lost 5
Oakland 2, Boston 1   OAK
Oakland (76-56)
Won 2
August 29, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 6 0
Oakland
0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 X   2 7 0
Standings thru 8/29/06  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox Stats  |  Athletics Stats
BostonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Crisp, CF4000022.260
Cora, SS4000000.264
Loretta, DH3000100.300
  1-Kapler, PR-DH0000000.224
Youkilis, LF2110201.288
Hinske, RF4011013.252
Lowell, 3B4020000.288
Pena, 1B4010034.167
Mirabelli, C4010012.186
Pedroia, 2B3000002.120
Totals321613714 


1-Ran for Loretta in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Youkilis (36, Saarloos).
TB: Youkilis 2; Hinske; Lowell 2; Pena; Mirabelli.
RBI: Hinske (30).
2-out RBI: Hinske.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mirabelli; Pena; Crisp 2.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
CS: Hinske (2, 2nd base by Saarloos/Kendall).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Youkilis (Kotsay at home).
DP: 2 (Pedroia-Cora-Pena, Cora-Pedroia-Pena).

 
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kendall, C3000110.290
Kotsay, CF3010101.267
Bradley, RF4000003.266
Thomas, DH4120021.267
Chavez, 3B3011000.240
Payton, LF3020001.294
Swisher, 1B2000101.249
Scutaro, SS3110012.246
Ellis, 2B2001012.228
Totals272723511 

BATTING
2B: Chavez (19, Beckett).
3B: Scutaro (3, Beckett).
TB: Kotsay; Thomas 2; Chavez 2; Payton 2; Scutaro 3.
RBI: Chavez (57), Ellis (40).
2-out RBI: Chavez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Payton; Ellis.
SF: Ellis.
GIDP: Swisher; Bradley.
Team LOB: 5.

 
BostonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Beckett (L, 14-9)7.05223405.11
Delcarmen 1.02000103.95
 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Saarloos (W, 7-6)6.16112304.47
Calero (H, 20)0.10000003.24
Kennedy (H, 8)1.10001201.33
Duchscherer (S, 6)1.00000203.48

Pitches-strikes: Beckett 104-59, Delcarmen 26-18, Saarloos 93-59, Calero 6-4, Kennedy 25-12, Duchscherer 12-9.
Ground outs-fly outs: Beckett 9-8, Delcarmen 0-1, Saarloos 8-7, Calero 1-0, Kennedy 0-2, Duchscherer 0-1.
Batters faced: Beckett 27, Delcarmen 4, Saarloos 26, Calero 1, Kennedy 5, Duchscherer 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Calero 2-0, Kennedy 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Paul Schrieber. 1B: Doug Eddings. 2B: Dana DeMuth. 3B: Jim Joyce.
Weather: 57 degrees, clear.
Wind: 12 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:42.
Att: 30,517.

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