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Red Sox bats go silent in Oakland against A.J. Griffin, Grant Balfour

07.14.13 at 1:09 am ET

For just the sixth time this season, the Red Sox were shutout, this time thanks to Oakland starter A.J. Griffin and closer Grant Balfour. The end result Saturday night was a 3-0 defeat for the Sox, with the A’s snapping John Farrell team’s four-game win streak.

Griffin limited the Red Sox to just six hits over eight innings, paving the way for Balfour to pick up his 25th save of the season in as many chances.

The Red Sox left eight runners on base, going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino each had a pair of hits for the visitors, with Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jose Iglesias going a combined 0-for-15.

Taking the loss was Red Sox starter Jon Lester, who allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings. Oakland broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning when Derek Norris took the Sox lefty deep for a solo home run. The hosts added a run in the sixth inning when Yoenis Cespedes singled in Jed Lowrie.

The A’s would cap the scoring in the seventh when, facing his first batter of the game, Junichi Tazawa allowed an RBI single to Coco Crisp, plating Josh Reddick and sealing Lester’s pitching line.

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