OAKLAND – No-hit through the first 7 2/3 innings by Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez, the A’s not only spoiled the no-hitter but beat the Red Sox 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth Sunday at the Coliseum.
Marcus Semien’s infield single off Rodriguez’s foot with two outs in the bottom of the eighth ended the no-hitter, and Rodriguez gave way to closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth.
Kimbrel didn’t get an out. He walked Danny Valencia to start the inning, then Khris Davis doubled to left field. Left fielder Brock Holt fumbled the ball trying to pick up the band Valencia was waved home by third base coach Ron Washington.
A’s starter Kendall Graveman was nearly as good as Rodriguez. Graveman pitched shutout ball for 6 1/3 innings and didn’t allow a run against a Red Sox team that had scored 27 runs in the first two games of the weekend series. Graveman allowed six hits, walked two and struck out seven.
Ryan Dull followed Graveman and pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and Ryan Madson (5-4), who wound up the winner, pitched a perfect ninth. Kimbrel (2-4) took the loss.
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