Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez and Travis Shaw each homered and the Boston Red Sox continued their strong hitting with a 13-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
The Red Sox had a season-high 16 hits. Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his major league-best hitting streak to 16 games as Boston won its third straight. Shaw tied his career-high with five RBIs.
The Athletics lost their fourth consecutive game.
First-inning home runs by Betts and Ramirez gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead.
Then the Red Sox followed that up with a five-run third inning to blow the game open.
Sean O’Sullivan (1-0) got the victory in his first start with the Red Sox after signing a minor league contract in December.
Oakland’s Sean Manaea (0-1) had his second straight rough outing, giving up 10 hits and eight runs in 2 2-3 innings.
David Ortiz, who entered Tuesday leading Boston with a .321 average and nine home runs, had the night off.
He wasn’t needed.
The Red Sox won for the fifth time in seven games and have outscored the A’s 27-12 in the first two games of the series.
O’Sullivan went six innings, giving up four runs and 12 hits, while striking out three.
In his past two starts, Manaea has allowed 12 runs and 17 hits.
Boston got the scoring going early.
Betts led off the bottom of the first with his fifth homer of the season and Ramirez added a two-run shot later in the inning, his fourth of the year. Shaw added his fourth of the season in the fifth inning.
O’Sullivan was called up on Friday, taking the roster spot of Henry Owens, who was sent to Triple-A Pawtucket.
With big run support, O’Sullivan allowed seven hits through five innings, before giving up five hits and four runs in the sixth.
Billy Butler had three hits and Coco Crisp two RBIs to lead Oakland.
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