By Christopher Frangolini
Sean O’Sullivan made his first career start in a Red Sox (20-13) uniform Tuesday and it will be a start he will most likely remember.
He had his team fully behind him.
O’Sullivan pitched six innings, allowed 12 hits and four runs and struck out three in his winning debut under Fenway lights. Not a flashy stat line, but through five innings, O’Sullivan didn’t allowed a single run thanks to solid defense behind him. In the sixth inning, the Athletics struck for four runs, but the Red Sox held on to win, 13-5.
But the real story on the night was Boston’s explosive offense staying hot, with David Ortiz on the bench. The Sox offense clustered a season-high 16 hits and 13 runs and brought three runs across in the first and five in the third to jump ahead, 8-0.
“It was nice. The guys go out there and put up a big lead for me. It was my job just to keep getting them back in the dugout and keep the bats going,” O’Sullivan said.
Six Red Sox recorded multi-hit games and Hanley Ramirez (3 for 4 with two RBIs), Chris Young (3 for 4, RBI) and Travis Shaw (3 for 4 with five RBI) each led the way with three hits.
“Every at-bat everybody comes with something,” Ramirez said. “It’s the whole team. …What we’re doing right now, we gotta keep doing it.”
Jackie Bradley Jr. (2 for 4, RBI) improved his season batting average to .310% and extended his major league-best hitting streak to 16 games.
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Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea was knocked out after just 2 1/3 innings (41 pitches, 31 for strikes). He allowed 10 hits, eight runs and two home runs. Daniel Coulombe relieved him on the mound, but was also gassed for three runs on three hits and a home run. Andrew Triggs came in late in the fourth inning and allowed two runs (one earned).
The Sox have now won three-straight games. They can sweep the series tonight with Rick Porcello on the mound.