The Red Sox hung with the Oakland A's for a while Tuesday night, but could never overtake them. Eventually, the A's added on to their early lead and put the Red Sox away, 5-3.
The A's, who had dropped five-of-six before arriving in Boston, have won the first two games of the series and are 4-1 against the Sox this season.
Oakland jumped on starter Eduardo Rodriguez for two runs in the first and another in the third, with five hits collected the first time through the A's batting order.
The Sox got a run back on an error, a single by Xander Bogaerts and a fielder's choice in the fourth and got closer in the fifth on a mammoth solo homer from Andrew Benintendi.
But the A's stitched together consecutive singles off Steven Wright in the eighth, then used a double to left by MarkCanha off Bobby Poyner to provide themselves with two insurance runs.
The Sox got a run back in the bottom of the ninth, but could get no closer.
WHO: Red Sox vs. Oakland A's WHEN: 7:10 p.m. WHERE: Fenway Park WHAT'S UP: The Sox dropped the opener of the three-game series Monday night, 6-5. Oakland has beaten the Red Sox three times this season (in four tries). The Sox are at .500 (11-11) after their record-setting 17-2 start. The A's, on road trip East, won for just the second time in the last seven games. STARTING PITCHERS:LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (3-0, 5.48) vs. RHP Daniel Mengden (2-4, 4.06). TV/RADIO: NESN/WEEI 93.7 FM