OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -
stepped up to the batter's box and thought it was kind of funny to see
crouched behind home plate.
''It was just the strangest thing,'' Garciaparra said of facing his old team for the first time. ''The last time I saw Varitek
behind the plate like that was in an intersquad game a long time ago. It just felt weird.''
The situation didn't phase Garciaparra, though. He and
each homered, and
both drove in two runs as the
Boston Red Sox
8-2 Monday night for their first home win of the season.
Garciaparra, who played for Boston from 1996-2004, gave the A's a 6-1 lead with his fifth-inning home run.
(1-1) pitched six solid innings and the Athletics ended a three-game losing skid. He allowed two runs on six hits, walking
one and striking out three.
also drove in runs for the A's.
''We did a lot of good things,'' Garciaparra said. ''We had some clutch hits and Dallas pitched a great game.''
hit a home run and doubled for the
, who lost their fifth in six games.
also drove in a run for Boston, which is off to its worst start since opening 2-12 in 1996.
(0-2) allowed six runs and 10 hits. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.
''I don't think I pitched as bad as the linescore says,'' Lester said. ''I feel like I'm executing my pitches and not getting
the results I want. Yeah, it was frustrating.''
had won Lester's last six starts following a loss. The A's were the last team to beat Boston with Lester on the mound after
a loss on May 25 in Oakland. Lester had allowed three runs in his previous 12 2-3 innings at the Coliseum.
Youkilis gave the
the early lead with his second home run, a solo shot leading off the second. He also doubled to maintain his AL-leading average
Cust tied it with a leadoff homer in the second.
followed with a single,
was hit by a pitch, and after two strikeouts, Cabrera singled home a run ahead of Giambi's two-run double. Holliday followed
with a run-scoring single.
''He gave up five runs in that one inning but I thought once he got in trouble he did a good job of trying to get out of it,''
said of Lester. ''After the home run he got all the way to Cabrera before the jam hit and then Giambi.''
Cust has reached base safely in 36 consecutive games, the longest current streak.
, who singled in the seventh, is next at 20 games.
''We had the big second inning and went from there,'' Cust said. ''I was excited once we got the five-spot. I'm feeling good
and seeing the ball well and not trying to do too much.''
Braden retired 12 of 13 batters at one point. He walked
with one out in the sixth and gave up singles to
''I was able to get ahead of the guys and when I can put the pressure on them early I'm helping myself,'' Braden said. ''Everybody
knows they are a patient team. With they get runners in scoring position you have to be careful.''
each pitched a scoreless inning to complete the six-hitter.
have lost four straight in Oakland and are 3-11 in their last 14 games here.
Crosby hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth to make it 8-2.