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Masataka Yoshida has multiple hits each; Red Sox beat Athletics 12-9


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Masataka Yoshida of the Boston Red Sox watches his fly out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park, Tuesday, July 9, 2024, in Boston.

Wilyer Abreu had four RBI and Brayan Bello struck out 11 batters in a career-high 5 1/3 innings as the Boston Red Sox defeated the visiting Oakland Athletics 12-9 on Tuesday in their three-game season opener.

Abreu hit a three-run home run before Dominic Smith followed with a solo hit that gave Boston an eight-run second inning.


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AP Photo/Charles Krupa
Boston Red Sox’ Masataka Yoshida smiles and adjusts his helmet after hitting a double in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park, Tuesday, July 9, 2024, in Boston.

Rafael Devers went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored, while David Hamilton, Masataka Yoshida and Ceddanne Rafaela also had multiple hits apiece, leading Boston to win its seventh of eight games and move 10 games above .500.

Both teams had 13 hits.

Oakland’s Zack Gelof was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored. He and Lawrence Butler both hit three-run home runs.

Bello (9-5) set a franchise record for the Red Sox by striking out his first 10 outs of the game, but Oakland still managed to take a 2-0 lead against him in the first period.

After Miguel Andujar’s one-out single, Brent Rooker doubled off the center field wall for Oakland’s first run, before Shea Langeliers followed two batters later with a two-out RBI single.

The A’s lead was short-lived, as the Red Sox connected on four straight hits to take a 3-2 lead on just 11 pitches from starter Joey Estes (3-4). The right-handed pitcher allowed eight earned runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Jarren Duran hit a leadoff double into the right-center field triangle and scored on Hamilton’s single to cut Boston to 2-1. Tyler O’Neill continued the rally with a double that missed the fence in deep center, then Devers hit a go-ahead, two-run single to right field.

The Red Sox scored early and often in the second inning, capitalizing on Smith’s leadoff walk when Rafaela tripled into the right-field corner. Duran then made it a 5-2 game with a sacrifice fly for Devers’ RBI double.

Connor Wong’s subsequent infield hit haunted Estes.

Oakland reliever Tyler Ferguson was met with rude greeting. The home team’s lead grew to 11-2 when Yoshida hit an RBI single and Abreu and Smith hit back-to-back homers.

Oakland pulled within 11-5 in the sixth inning when Butler hit a 457-foot homer deep over the bullpen in right-center. Gelof hit a sac fly in the seventh.

Abreu increased Boston’s lead with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, then Gelof made the game exciting in the ninth with a three-run homerun to center field.

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