BOSTON (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics scored more runs for Barry
Zito in the first three innings Friday night than they did in his
previous three starts combined.
Then they did it again in the fourth. And again in the fifth.
And in the eighth, when the A's piled on eight unearned runs to
finish off the Boston Red Sox 15-3 and help their All-Star
left-hander win for the first time in almost a month.
"It was nice to just be able to go out there and see them
produce offensively," said Zito, who got a total of one run of
support during his three-game losing streak. "Kind of hard to keep
Mark Ellis homered and matched a career high with five RBI, and
Milton Bradley returned to the lineup with three RBI and a
homer-saving catch as the A's reached a season high in runs. Mark
Kotsay had three of Oakland's season-high 16 hits.
That was plenty for Zito (9-6). Oakland's only All-Star, he
allowed two runs, six hits, four walks, a hit batter and a wild
pitch. He struck out three, leaving after Coco Crisp's single with
no outs in the sixth made it 7-1.
A's manager Ken Macha left the game early because of persistent
nosebleeds. A's spokesman Jim Young said he was taken to
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary for precautionary reasons.
Josh Beckett (11-5) lost for the first time at Fenway Park,
allowing seven runs and eight hits, including his major
league-worst 27th homer. He struck out three and walked four and
failed to make it through six innings for the first time in six
"I feel good," he said. "When you feel that good physically,
that's what really gets under your skin. When you feel good, it's
supposed to be an easy day.
"No excuses. It was brutal. The score ended up looking like
that. It was just brutal."
Bradley, who has made two lengthy stays on the disabled list
because of knee, side and shoulder injuries, was activated
overnight and, in the first inning, robbed Manny Ramirez of a homer
with a catch over the bullpen wall in right-center.
"He hit it. I caught it," Bradley said. "Simple."
Bradley led off the next inning and was robbed by Kevin
Youkilis' diving stop at first. But he singled and scored in the
fourth and hit a two-run double in the three-run fifth as the A's
opened a 7-0 lead.
"First day back off the DL and it was just really impressive to
see him get out there and start everything over," Zito said.
"It's a new half. It's probably like a new season for him. He just
played like he's Milton Bradley tonight."
Boston made it 7-2 in the sixth, but the A's scored eight runs
in the eighth, sending 13 batters to the plate for six hits, two
walks and two errors. The Red Sox still lead the majors with just
33 errors this season, but they have committed three in the past
two nights accounting for nine unearned runs.
Crisp made a diving catch in center on Ellis in the second
inning and made a catch in deep center on Bobby Crosby in the
first. Crisp also tripled and scored in the eighth.
With his 32nd career homer, Ellis tied Dave Collins' major
league record for home runs by a player born in South Dakota. ...
Red Sox LHP Lenny DiNardo, making a rehab start in Triple-A
Pawtucket, left with a shoulder problem after facing four batters
and giving up a grand slam. ... The Red Sox stole eight bases in
the previous three games after stealing just eight in the 35 before
that. ... Oakland DH Frank Thomas walked in the eighth to surpass
Lou Gehrig and move into 14th on the all-time list with 1,508. ...
The top five spots in the Boston lineup went 2-for-18.