Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 1-0

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By Nicole Townsend

On Wednesday, The Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 1-0 to complete a three-game sweep. Nick Pivetta and four relievers were on the Red Sox’s second shutout of the series, while Emmanuel Valdéz hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.

For the finale of an opening homestand, they went 1-6 and dropped to an AL-worst minus-29 run difference, which resulted in the Athletics drawing out 6,436. 45,680 fans attended the seven games.

For the 2028 season, the team announced plans to move to Las Vegas, while in 2025, it is still being determined where the Athletics will play. Jarren Duran’s batting average got raised to 0.393 because of his 4 for 4.

Since beating Toronto on Oct. 1, 2022, Ross Stripling (0-2) gave up eight hits in seven innings and lost his seventh consecutive decision. Before Boston went to the bullpen, Pivetta (1-1) threw 90 pitches, Joely Rodriguez received two outs, while Justin Slaten received four. Chris Martin and Kenley Jansen pitched an inning each.

Abraham Toro hit into a force-out, which struck out Ryan Noda for his second save this season and the 422nd of his career. He is tied for sixth place with Bill Wagner. The Red Sox bullpen extended their scoreless streak to 17 innings, while Boston lowered its ERA to a major league-best of 1.54.

Hitting consecutive one-out singles in the fourth included Triston Casas, Masataka Yoshida, and Ceddanne Rafaela. Valdéz flew to the right as Casas scored. Up next, Friday at the Los Angeles Angels is the opener of the final series of a three-city trip.

RHP Kutter Crawford (0-0) allowed an unearned run over six innings in his first outing, losing to Seattle 4-3. He will be starting for the Angeles.

On Friday, Athletics, LHP JP Sears starts a series opener.