BOSTON (AP) -A rejuvenated outlook and a weaker opponent were the perfect weekend mix for the
Boston Red Sox
's two-run triple highlighted a three-run fourth inning that helped
to his 12th win and the
completed a three-game sweep with a 5-2 win over the struggling
completed a three-team, last-minute trade deadline deal that sent disgruntled outfielder
Los Angeles Dodgers
from Pittsburgh on Thursday, the club has talked about a fresh approach in the clubhouse, emphasizing a relaxed attitude.
''We wanted to set a tone coming into the new month and I think we did that,'' Lowrie said. ''The team's been revived. I don't
think it was a matter of anyone coming or anyone going.''
Bay continued his strong start with the
, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and two runs scored. He also threw out a runner trying to stretch a single.
''He's done a great job, playing great defense and getting on base,'' Boston first baseman
said. ''That's why they brought him here. They thought he could come out and help this team win, and that's what he's doing.''
Coincidence or not, Ramirez's departure has coincided with some wins.
''One of the things we talked about was not looking back or looking forward, just attacking what's at hand,''
said of a team meeting held Friday. ''We did that very well.''
Boston improved to 40-16 at Fenway Park after losing five of the initial six games in a nine-game homestand. The
, just 24-32 away from home, play their next seven games on the road, beginning Monday night in Kansas City.
''I think where we're at right now, we can be pretty darn good,''
hit a two-run homer for the Athletics, who lost their sixth straight and 15th in 17 games.
''You look, bad series, going 0-3,'' A's manager
said. ''But we did get a few home runs here, which we've been lacking.''
Oakland's five runs in the series came on three homers.
Matsuzaka (12-2), allowed two runs, four hits, walked two and struck out eight in six innings.
, the third reliever, worked a perfect ninth for his 31st save. Boston's bullpen held the A's to one single over the final
grabbed a 1-0 lead five pitches into the game when
doubled off the Green Monster and scored on Youkilis' single.
Boston increased it to 4-0 and chased starter
(2-2) in the fourth. Lowrie, the final batter Braden faced, hit a line drive over center fielder
doubled and Bay singled. Gonzalez, playing shallow, had the ball go over his head as he broke back.
added a sacrifice fly.
''I don't think they'll pay shallow anymore,'' Lowrie joked.
Barton's homer cut it to 4-2 in the fifth.
Crisp's sacrifice fly made it 5-2 in the sixth.
Matsuzaka worked out of a tough spot in the second, allowing Gonzalez's leadoff triple before striking out
and getting Barton to fly out.
''He threw a 100 pitches in the first (few) innings,'' Barton said. ''We had a lot of guys on base, but just didn't capitalize
There was a lighter moment in the fifth when lumbering DH
walked and took off for second on the next pitch, not drawing a throw on his first stolen base of the season that amused the
crowd as catcher
bobbled the ball.
Notes: Boston RF J.D. Drew was given the day off. ...
, on the 15-day DL since July 20 with a strained right groin, pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts in a rehab assignment
with Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday afternoon. ... The A's optioned Saturday's losing pitcher
to Triple-A Sacramento before the game and recalled LHP
, who pitched a perfect eighth. ... Geren said Crosby was a bit dizzy when he took him out in the eighth, and thought it may
have been heat related. Crosby said he felt OK. ... A young boy seated along the third-base line was hit by Bay's foul liner
in the fourth and quickly carried from the stands by a
security person. He was treated in a first-aid room in the park and later returned to his seat, team spokesperson John Blake
said. ... Thunder rumbled around Fenway in the sixth, drawing 'oohs' from the crowd before play was halted by rain for 37
minutes. ... Ortiz had three stolen bases last season, his last Sept. 2. ... Youkilis has a 10-game hitting streak. ... Matsuzaka
said he hoped to pitch the seventh before the rain came.