Red Sox rally in ninth, but still come up short Tuesday

Wednesday May 2, 2012

BOSTON (AP) -- Jarrod Parker scattered four hits over 6 2/3 innings and picked up his first major league win as the Oakland Athletics stopped a three-game losing streak by beating the Boston Red Sox 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Jemile Weeks ended on 0-for-12 slump with a leadoff single and finished 2 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored for the A's, who evened the three-game series at 1-all on a frigid night at Fenway Park.

Oakland scored the first five runs and provided plenty of security for Parker (1-0), who was making just his third start in the majors.

Parker was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento last Wednesday and got a no-decision against Chicago that night. He took the mound again Tuesday and shut down a Boston lineup that racked up 11 runs on 11 hits the night before. Parker struck out four, walked two and hit a batter before getting pulled in the seventh inning.

Boston starter Felix Doubront (1-1) wasn't nearly as effective. The left-hander threw 30 pitches in the first inning alone and struggled through four innings. He struck out eight, but also allowed six hits, walked two and threw two wild pitches while allowing five runs.

The Red Sox had just four hits until Cody Ross led off the ninth with a double to left off of Grant Balfour. Marlon Byrd singled with one out, Punto walked to load the bases for Mike Aviles, who lined a single to center and cut Oakland's lead to 5-3.

Jordan Norberto came in for Oakland and got the save, striking out Lars Anderson and getting Dustin Pedroia to ground out to second.

David Ortiz, who was hitting .543 at home, went 0 for 4 and saw his average drop from .405 to .386.


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