Donnie Murphy hit a three-run home run and Mike Piazza moved into 39th place on the all-time list with his 427th homer, but the A's were stifled after Piazza's fifth-inning blast. Jerry Blevins took the loss after allowing all five batters he faced to reach in the sixth.
With ailing Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis back in the lineup, the Red Sox pounded out 17 hits in a rout of the A's. Mike Lowell led the way with five RBIs, while Dustin Pedroia scored four times. With the win, Boston trimmed its magic number to clinch to two.
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