Stephen Ellison

A's Win Second Straight Over World Champion Red Sox

A solo homer from Matt Chapman in the first inning stood, and the Oakland A's held on for a 1-0 victory to make it back-to-back wins over the World Champion Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night at the Coliseum.

Mike Fiers gave Oakland another stellar start, center fielder Ramon Laureano threw out a baserunner for a second straight game and the Athletics triumphed over Boston ace Chris Sale.

Fiers (2-1) pitched six innings of five-hit ball. Oakland starters have allowed just one run over 36 innings in the last six games since the team returned from an 0-2 trip to Tokyo. The A's have won four straight and five of six.

The World Series champion Red Sox dropped their fourth straight and fell to 1-5.

The five hits were the most an A's starter has allowed during this run. Starters had given up three or fewer hits in each of the previous five games.

Laureano threw out Xander Bogaerts at third trying to stretch a double off the wall with one out in the ninth off closer Blake Treinen. Bogaerts had fouled a pitch off his ankle earlier in the at-bat.

On Monday, Laureano threw a runner out at the plate in the second inning of a 7-0 A's win.

Chapman's third homer and second in two days came on a 3-2 pitch from Sale (0-2), an 89 mph fastball he left up in the zone.

Sale was coming off a lousy opening day start in which he gave up seven runs in three innings in a 12-4 loss to Seattle.

The seven-time All-Star settled down, covering six innings while throwing three-hit ball.

Ryan Buchter and Lou Trivino combined on two innings of one-hit ball, and Treinen notched his third save with a scoreless ninth.

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