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

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

Boston Pink Sox’s Yu Chang runs on his two-run single in the course of the second inning of a baseball recreation in opposition to 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 record and the Boston Pink Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 7-3 on Friday evening.

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

Jarren Duran, Justin Turner, and Alex Verdugo had two hits apiece and every drove in a run for the Pink 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 and to 25-65 general.

Boston pounced rapidly 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 record with a fractured bone in his left hand. Boston additionally bought RBI singles from Jarren Duran and Turner in the course of the five-run outburst, sending all 9 batters to the plate for 5 singles and a stroll.

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

The A’s picked up an unearned run within the fifth on a throwing error by Rafael Devers, who fielded a troublesome single by Tony Kemp however delivered a wild throw to first. The error allowed Seth Brown to come back all the way in which 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 monitor.

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.


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, grew to become the 14th pitcher to begin a recreation 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 record due to a proper shoulder damage. Ruiz, a rookie who was main the majors with 43 stolen bases, jammed the shoulder Wednesday in a recreation at Detroit. The A’s positioned him on the IL Friday and made the transfer retroactive to Thursday.

Pink Sox: Reinstated LHP James Paxton from the paternity depart record 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 record 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 begin for Oakland on Saturday in opposition to Boston LHP James Paxton (4-1, 2.70) within the second of the three-game collection.