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A's complete sweep of struggling Red Sox

4:09 PM, Sep 2, 2012   |    comments
Oakland Athletics designated hitter Seth Smith rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run off of Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka during the first inning at Coliseum. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
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OAKLAND, CA - Stephen Drew went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI as the Oakland Athletics took a 6-2 win over the Boston Red Sox to cap a three-game sweep.

Seth Smith was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored for the red-hot Athletics, who have won nine consecutive games and hold a two-game lead over Tampa Bay for the top wild card spot.

Brett Anderson (3-0) went six innings in the start, giving up one run on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts.

Oakland remains three games back of Texas, which defeated Cleveland on Sunday, for first in the AL West.

Cody Ross and Mauro Gomez each drove in a run for the Red Sox, who have dropped a season-high six straight. Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-4) was charged with six runs on seven hits in just 3 2/3 innings of work.


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