3:35 PM ET, April 15, 2009
O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
Wakefield takes no-hit bid into eighth inning as Red Sox snap skid
OAKLAND, Calif. -- When Tim Wakefield stopped by Terry Francona's office Wednesday morning, he already realized the Boston Red Sox were staggering. They had lost six of seven while struggling to hit, and their bullpen was gassed after pitching 11 innings Tuesday night.
• Tim Wakefield improved to 10-6 in his career vs. the A's but had lost his last two decisions.
• The Red Sox hadn't scored more than five runs in a game this season before Wednesday.
• Making his second career start, Oakland's Brett Anderson fell to 0-2.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Boston right-hander John Smoltz and outfielder Mark Kotsay are headed to extended spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., to begin their injury comebacks. Smoltz is to throw to live hitters for the first time Saturday. ... Francona also said shortstop Julio Lugo could rejoin the Red Sox next week. He hasn't played this season after right knee surgery. ... Anderson, who lost his major league debut against Seattle last Friday, pitched for the U.S. team at the Beijing Olympics.
Regular Season Series
|Series tied 5-5 (as of Wed 4/15)|
|Mon 4/13||@OAK 8, BOS 2||Recap|
|Tue 4/14||@OAK 6, BOS 5||Recap|
|» Wed 4/15||BOS 8, @OAK 2||Box Score|
|Mon 7/6||OAK 6, @BOS 0||Recap|
|Tue 7/7||@BOS 5, OAK 2||Recap|
|Wed 7/8||@BOS 5, OAK 4||Recap|
|Mon 7/27||@BOS 8, OAK 3||Recap|
|Tue 7/28||OAK 9, @BOS 8||Recap|
|Wed 7/29||OAK 8, @BOS 6||Recap|
|Thu 7/30||@BOS 8, OAK 5||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Red Sox | Athletics|
|2nd||M Lowell homered to left, J Bay scored.||2||0|
|8th||J Drew homered to right, D Ortiz and K Youkilis scored.||5||0|
|8th||N Green singled to left, J Bay scored, M Lowell to second.||6||0|
|8th||J Ellsbury singled to center, M Lowell and N Green scored, G Kottaras to second.||8||0|
|8th||L Powell singled to center, M Ellis scored, K Suzuki to third.||8||1|
|9th||M Holliday doubled to deep left, J Cust scored.||8||2|
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|Stadium||O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA|
|Attendance||35,067 (100% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||54 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Mike Dimuro, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Jerry Meals|