MLB: Oakland 3, Boston 0

July 14, 2013 at 1:39 AM

OAKLAND, Calif., July 14 (UPI) -- A.J. Griffin fired eight shutout innings Saturday and the Oakland Athletics cruised to a 3-0 victory over Boston.

Griffin (8-6) scattered six hits, issued just one walk and struck out three while pinpointing 74-of-110 pitches for strikes.

Grant Balfour turned in a scoreless ninth for this 25th save as Oakland rebounded from a 4-2 loss in Friday's three-game series opener pitting two American League division leaders.

Derek Norris socked a fifth-inning solo homer to break a scoreless tie while Yoenis Cespedes and Coco Crisp each added an RBI in the victory.

Jon Lester (8-6) was assessed the loss, allowing three runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings. He walked three and fanned four as the AL East-leading Red Sox saw their four-game winning streak snapped.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Report: Miami Dolphins among teams interested in New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton
Joey Logano dominates Bank of America 500
Eli Manning, Larry Donnell connect in last minute to lead Giants past 49ers
USC's Steve Sarkisian pushed into personal leave