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Closing Time: Coco Crisp, Oakland hand Red Sox another 1-run loss

06.21.14 at 7:15 pm ET
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Another day, another one-run loss for the Red Sox.

Coco Crisp‘s RBI single off Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara with one out in the 10th inning handed the Sox a 2-1 loss to the A’s Saturday afternoon. The Crisp hit came on the first pitch delivered by Uehara, who came on for Edward Mujica after Alberto Callaspo reached second.

It was the 17th time this season the Sox have suffered a one-run loss.

Two innings before, there was some optimism for John Farrell‘s club.

With the Red Sox trailing by a run with two outs and runners on first and third in the eighth, Mike Napoli clearly swung and missed at a Luke Gregerson slider for appeared to be a threat-inning third strike. But home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott ruled Napoli had fouled the ball without catcher Stephen Vogt catching the ball.

But replays showed that Napoli didn’t foul the ball, and Vogt caught it cleanly. After a brief argument by Oakland manager Bob Melvin, play resumed with Gregerson proceeding to throw the next pitch in the dirt. The wild pitch — which bounced out in front of the plate —  allowed Pedroia to race in from third with the tying run, just beating the tag.

Melvin would be ejected by the 27-year-old Wolcott after Napoli ended the half-inning with a fly out to right field.

Pedroia had reached third after David Ortiz swung at a 3-0 offering, blooping a two-out single into center field in front of Coco Crisp.

For most of the game, the Red Sox‘ offense continued to be non-existent, potentially ruining another solid pitching performance by the team’s pitching. This time it was starter Rubby De La Rosa who almost saw his efforts wasted.

De La Rosa was fantastic, allowing just one run on four hits, striking out seven and walking one over seven innings. The outing follows up a seven-inning start in which he didn’t surrender a run and just one hit.

The problem for much of the game was that Oakland starter Jesse Chavez was just a tad better, not giving up a run over his seven innings. Helping the A’s righty (who now has a 2.71 ERA) were the Red Sox continued issues of hitting into double plays and not getting runners in from scoring position. The Sox hit into two more double plays, while going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

The Sox have now gone eight straight games in which they have scored three or fewer runs. During that stretch, the Red Sox are 4-for-46 with runners in scoring position.

WHAT WENT WRONG

– The struggles continued for shortstop Stephen Drew, whose batting average dropped to .158 after an 0-for-4 performance. He is 0-for-14 over his last four games.

– With his eighth-inning fly out, Napoli dropped under .200 for the year when hitting with runners in scoring position, now going 4-for-25 when at-bat with two outs in such situations.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

– Brock Holt continued to impress in right field, this time making a diving catch on a sinking liner off the bat of Alberto Callaspo in the third inning. The hit did score the game’s only run, with Stephen Vogt coming in from third after his leadoff triple.

– Holt also reached base four times, notching three hits and a walk to raise his batting average to .329.

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