Yu Chang drives in 2 runs in 5-run 2nd inning in his return from IL and Crimson Sox beat Athletics 7-3


Chang, out since April with a damaged bone in his left hand, drove within the first two runs of the sport and was certainly one of six gamers with RBIs for Boston.

Boston Crimson Sox’s Yu Chang runs on his two-run single throughout the second inning of a baseball sport towards the Oakland Athletics, Friday, July 7, 2023, in Boston. (AP Picture/Michael Dwyer) AP

BOSTON (AP) — Yu Chang hit a bases-loaded single in a five-run second inning in his return from the injured checklist and the Boston Crimson Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 7-3 on Friday night time.

Chang, out since April with a damaged bone in his left hand, drove within the first two runs of the sport and was certainly one of six gamers with RBIs for Boston. The Crimson Sox pounded out 10 hits and prolonged their streak of video games with 10 or extra hits to 6.

After taking two of three video games towards AL West-leading Texas, Boston supervisor Alex Cora mentioned it was good to see the Crimson Sox not let up towards the A’s, who fell to 25-65.

“All people’s making a giant deal out of that, proper? We’re taking part in good towards nice groups and wrestle towards groups beneath .500,” Cora mentioned. “We simply wish to play good baseball. We all know after we do this we’re a superb crew.”

Jarren Duran, Justin Turner and Alex Verdugo had two hits apiece and every drove in a run for the Crimson Sox, who’ve received six of seven with two video games remaining earlier than the All-Star break. Nick Pivetta (5-5) struck out eight over 5 innings of aid and picked up the win.

Seth Brown hit a two-run homer for MLB-worst Oakland, which fell to 2-2 on a six-game journey.

Boston pounced shortly with a five-run second inning, chasing opener Sam Lengthy (0-1) after he walked Triston Casas to load the bases with no outs, following consecutive singles by Verdugo and Kiké Hernández.

Lengthy was changed by Luis Medina, who struck out Triston Casas earlier than Chang singled up the center for 2 RBIs in his first at-bat since happening the 60-day injured checklist with a fractured bone in his left hand. Boston additionally received RBI singles from Jarren Duran and Turner throughout the five-run outburst, sending all 9 batters to the plate for 5 singles and a stroll.

“We introduced him into a tricky scenario there within the second,” Oakland supervisor Mark Kotsay mentioned.

Medina settled in after the massive inning, retiring 12 straight earlier than Casas singled up the center with two outs within the sixth.

Medina pitched six innings, placing out 9 and permitting 4 runs on 4 hits with a stroll.

“I received a pair floor balls, however they weren’t the place no person was, so nothing you are able to do with that,” Medina mentioned via an interpreter.

The A’s picked up an unearned run within the fifth on a throwing error by Rafael Devers, who fielded a tricky single by Tony Kemp however delivered a wild throw to first. The error allowed Seth Brown to return all the best way round from second and lower Boston’s result in 5-1.

Brown pulled Oakland inside 5-3 with a two-run homer within the seventh off of Pivetta. Brown drove the primary pitch from Pivetta out to right-center for his eighth homer of the season, simply after Shea Langeliers doubled to the nook in left, the place Duran badly misinterpret the towering fly and the ball landed on the warning observe.

“We didn’t make two performs immediately, they scored three runs. We now have to be higher at that,” Cora mentioned.

Though he wasn’t charged with an error, Duran atoned for his blunder within the backside half with a tough grounder to the right-field nook for a triple. He scored when Adam Duvall ran out an infield single with two outs, placing Boston again up 6-3.


Angel Felipe was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday and made his main league debut, pitching the eighth and getting the Crimson Sox down so as with one strikeout.


Brennan Bernardino pitched the primary two innings for Boston, holding the A’s to 1 hit and no runs whereas placing out three and strolling one.

Lengthy, who has two saves for the A’s, turned the 14th pitcher to start out a sport for Oakland this season. The left-handed reliever struck out two within the first inning, however didn’t get an out within the second earlier than Medina inherited the bases-loaded jam. Lengthy allowed three runs on three hits and a stroll.


Athletics: Positioned OF Esteury Ruiz on the 10-day injured checklist due to a proper shoulder damage. Ruiz, a rookie who was main the majors with 43 stolen bases, jammed the shoulder Wednesday in a sport at Detroit. The A’s positioned him on the IL Friday and made the transfer retroactive to Thursday.

Crimson Sox: Reinstated LHP James Paxton from the paternity depart checklist in time for his scheduled flip within the rotation on Saturday. … Chang missed 63 video games after being positioned on the IL April 25 after simply 17 video games. Chang began at shortstop and batted ninth. … Boston additionally positioned RHP Kaleb Ort on the 15-day injured checklist with proper elbow irritation, optioned IF David Hamilton to Triple-A Worcester and designated LHP Ryan Sheriff for task.


RHP Paul Blackburn (1-1, 4.50 ERA) is scheduled to start out for Oakland on Saturday towards Boston LHP James Paxton (4-1, 2.70) within the second of the three-game collection.


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