OAKLAND, California (AP) – Although Slutger JD Martinez had a rare day off, the Boston Red Sox had more than enough power in their lineup to get the best start in the franchise history.
Mitch Moreland hit a Grand Slam, Jackie Bradley Jr. added a three-run homer and the Red Sox strip won its eighth in a row, beating the Oakland Athletics 7-3 on Friday night.
FIFTH Grand Slam of the season. Is it good? pic.twitter.com/9f2KFkrSdB
– Red Sox (@RedSox) April 21, 2018
Boston extended the best start in the franchise's 118-year history and improved a major league leader 17-2. The Red Sox won 17 of 18 on opening day after losing to Tampa Bay.
"They are doing something special, let's face it," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. "There are a lot of people watching the team right now, and there are a lot of people talking about the team, you can not help me, you're turning the channels over and they're talking about what's going on."
Hundreds of red-robed Boston fans appeared in the Oakland Coliseum. They saw Moreland the fifth Grand Slam of the Red Sox this season – they did not hit last year.
Eduardo Nunez had three hits and scored while Hanley Ramirez twice for the Red Sox.
"Everybody in Here does the same and it shows all year how well we played," Moreland said. "Everyone got up and did something to help the team, and that's why we're here."
Jed Lowrie adjusted his career with four goals for Oakland. Lowrie, who doubled in the first round, leads the majors in hits (32) and RBIs (22). The A & # 39; s had won four in a row.
"Just a consistent routine and taking good turns, every day well-hitting thugs together," said Oakland manager Bob Melvin.
Moreland married at the first pitch of helper Emilio Pagan in the sixth. Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Ramirez opened the inning with three consecutive individual starters Kendall Graveman (0-4) before Morelands huge shot to the right.
This is the first time the Red Sox has hit five slams before May 1st. 19659002] "In this situation, I'm just trying to get up and step up in the zone," said Moreland, who has married in each of his last four games in the Coliseum. "It happened to be a slider that somehow got out of his hand and I was able to hit it good."
Bradley knocked off Graveman in the second inning, his second in four games. [196592002TheincreasedperformanceoftheRedSoxwasjustintimeforanightstarDrewPomeranscouldn'tprovideafourthburnerinaseasondebutAfterremovingastreamlinedarmtheLeftShareholder'sLockingActivatoraboutthreeShotSteps32/3Innings
Hector Velazquez (3-0) scored three goalless goals for the win. Boston was also picked up by Matt Barnes, who retired four batters and squeezed out Matt Joyce, whose bases were at the end of seventh place.
Crew Chief Review
Chad Pinder hit what looked like a two-run run in the first inning, but first-baseman Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt has decided the foul after a few moments of uncertainty. Crew Chief and Homeplate ump Brian Gorman demanded a review and the foul call stand. Pinder struck out to end the inning.
The A & # 39; s fell to 1-6 in games started by left-handed pitchers. Boston will also start left on Saturday and Sunday.
Graveman, Oakland's first-round star, threw himself into sixth place, allowing six runs on seven hits. He has allowed seven home runs this season, tied for Cole Hamels of Texas for most in the majors.
Red Sox: Martinez received a planned day off. Martinez has been Boston's hottest hitter in the past two weeks and finished fourth with four homers for 22 (.591) … LHP Bobby Poyner will make at least one more rehab start before the team decides he'll pick him from the DL to activate or not. Poyner has been traveling since 12 April with a strained left Achilles tendon. … Marcus Walden was selected for Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Pomeranz  Athletics: RHP's Chris Bassitt and Josh Lucas were recalled from Triple-A Nashville. LHP Daniel Coulombe was selected.
Chris Sale (1-0, 1.23 ERA) meets Sean Manaea (2: 2, 1.63 ERA) in a left-handed match at the Coliseum on Saturday. The sale has resulted in three runs, and struck 31 over 22 innings this season. Manaea was the most consistent pitcher in Oakland, allowing two or fewer runs in each of his four starts.
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