BOSTON — The A’s officially clinched their third consecutive losing season on Thursday afternoon.
Despite a solid start from rookie right-hander Daniel Gossett, the A’s managed only one run over six innings against Drew Pomeranz and the Boston Red Sox on their way to a 6-2 loss in front of 35,470 who came out to watch a day baseball at Fenway Park.
Ryon Healy connected on his 25th home run of the season, but after taking a 1-0 edge into the bottom half of the fifth inning, the wheels came off and Boston (83-63) scored one in the fifth, two in the sixth and three in the seventh inning.
Boston rookie Andrew Benintendi finished the afternoon 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs in support of Pomeranz (16-5), who gave up five hits over six innings, allowing one run and striking out five.
Gossett (4-9) pitched well enough to win, but again fell victim to a lack of run support. The A’s (64-82) have scored one run or fewer in nine of his first 15 starts this season. The former second-round pick is 0-8 in those games.
Oakland’s best chance to rally came in the seventh, but it wound up leaving the bases loaded when Chad Pinder was called out on strikes on a pitch from Addison Reed that appeared to be a few inches outside.
Boston broke open the game with three runs in the seventh against Sam Moll and Santiago Casilla.
After a leadoff double by Rafael Devers, Boston second baseman Brock Holt reached on a sacrifice when Matt Chapman’s throw hit hit him in the back and then skipped into the outfield. The error was the majors-leading 114th of the season for Oakland.
Casilla then came on in relief of Moll and promptly hit a batter and then allowed a sacrifice fly to Dustin Pedroia and a two-run single to Benintendi.
Healy’s home run came off hard-throwing Joe Kelly to make it a four-run game in the eighth, but that’s as close as the Athletics would get.
The Red Sox took the series 2-1, but lost the season series to Oakland 4-3. The A’s will head to Philadelphia for a three-game set against the Phillies as they continue their nine-game trip.
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