Oakland Athletics beat Red Sox in 11-inning win

Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com  |  July 15, 2013 at 8:05 AM
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Entering the seventh inning, the Oakland Athletics trailed the Red Sox 2-0, despite the Sox playing rookie pitcher Brandon Workman in the first game of his MLB career.

But then, Coco Crisp hit an infield single. Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer, and the A's were back in the game. Donaldson did it again in the 11th inning, giving Oakland an unlikely 3-2 victory.

Workman, 24, only allowed two hits and two runs in the 6 1/3 innings he pitched. He had a perfect game for three innings before walking John Jaso.He became the first Red Sox pitcher to allow three or fewer base runners in his first major-league start since George Hockette in 1934.

But then Donaldson sent Workman's fastball to left center, earning his 16th home run of the season.

Sean Doolittle, one of the A's relievers in the Sox game, said Donaldson has been so consistent this season that the A's almost take it for granted that he's going to come through when they need him.

His game-winning run in the 11th sends the team into the All-Star break on a high, matching the franchise record of 56 wins before the break. The team is 107-64 since the 2012 break -- the best in the major league, followed by Cincinnati (103-69) and Atlanta (102-70).

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