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American League Game Summary - Oakland at Boston

9:20 PM, Apr 22, 2013   |    comments
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Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 and stroked a grand slam as part of a five RBI night, and the Boston Red Sox clubbed their way past the Oakland Athletics, 9-6, in the opener of a three-game set at Fenway Park.

The red-hot Napoli, who was named the American League co-player of the week with teammate Andrew Bailey on Monday, has driven in 17 runs over a nine-game tear and is batting a cool .351 over the stretch.

The Red Sox were swept in Sunday's doubleheader against Kansas City, but Felix Doubront (2-0) gave them a lift with a solid 6 2/3 innings of work. He struck out eight and gave up just three runs on three hits and five walks.

Overall, Boston starters are a combined 10-3 on the young season.

Will Middlebrooks cranked a three-run homer, Jarrod Saltalamacchia contributed an RBI double and after Oakland scored three runs in the eighth, Bailey notched his fourth save of season with a scoreless ninth.

Oakland starter A.J. Griffin (2-1), who hadn't allowed more than two runs in any of his first three starts, was tagged for all nine runs -- seven earned -- on eight hits over four-plus innings.

The Athletics, losers in four straight, managed just five hits. Josh Reddick and Josh Donaldson had two RBI apiece and Chris Young drove in a run in the setback.

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