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BSJ Game Report: A’s 5, Red Sox 3 – Sox can’t overcome slow start

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All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 5-3 loss to Oakland, complete with BSJ analysis and insight.

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Rodriguez struggles with putting hitters away: In at-bat after at-bat, Eduardo Rodriguez would get two strikes on an Oakland hitter, but was seemingly unable to put them away. This extended at-bats, ran up his pitch count prematurely (98 in just five innings), and in some cases, led directly to runs. "They were swinging a lot, there were a lot of foul balls,'' said Rodriguez, "and got deep in the count. That stopped me from going as far as I wanted to in the game.  I threw too many pitches to every hitter.'' Rodriguez recognizes he has to do a better job ending at-bats sooner and believes it can be done by keeping the ball down in the zone. It didn't help that he gave up a solo homer to Stephen Piscotty in the second on an 0-and-2 pitch. Another issue: he's allowed seven first-inning runs in his eight starts.

Wright makes his season debut: Having served his 15-game MLB suspension