OAKLAND, CA - George Kottaras smashed a pair of home runs and finished with five RBI as the Oakland Athletics routed the Boston Red Sox, 20-2, in the opener of a three-game series at the Coliseum.
Brandon Moss went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and four RBI, Josh Reddick blasted a grand slam, and Josh Donaldson also clobbered a two-run home run.
Jonny Gomes drove in a pair of runs and scored twice for the A's, who have won seven straight games. Stephen Drew and Cliff Pennington also had RBI in the blowout.
Brandon McCarthy (8-5) earned his second consecutive win with 6 1/3 solid innings on the mound. He allowed two runs on eight hits and no walks with one strikeout.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia clubbed a solo homer and Mauro Gonzalez added an RBI for the sliding Red Sox, who have lost four in a row and nine of their last 12 games.
Aaron Cook (3-8) started for the Red Sox, but lasted just 2 2/3 innings as he was hammered for six runs on seven hits.
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