BOSTON >> Doug Fister’s rough start was too much for the Boston Red Sox to overcome this time.
Matt Olson hit a two-run homer, Jed Lowrie drove in two runs and the Oakland Athletics rebounded for a 7-3 victory over the AL East leaders to win for the sixth time in seven games Wednesday night.
The loss trimmed Boston’s cushion in the division to three games over the New York Yankees, who beat Tampa Bay 3-2. The Yankees have a 3-game lead in the wildcard race for a playoff spot.
For the fifth straight outing, Fister (5-8) got off to a slow start in the first inning. Keyed by Olson’s homer, last-place Oakland grabbed a 4-0 lead in the first.
“Well, there’s not a whole lot to be said,” said Fister, who gave up six runs in four innings. “If you kind of sum it up into a couple of words, it’s just not enough.”
Oakland, which owns the majors’ worst road record (22-48), snapped an eight-game losing streak away from home. The A’s had dropped their last seven at Fenway Park.
Fister was 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his previous four starts, allowing all his runs in the first.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said the club might readdress Fister’s pregame routine.
“He warms up earlier than most guys and then there’s a little bit of a gap of time between the end of his warmups and the first pitch,” Farrell said. “To me that’s the only common thread that I can see here — maybe that little bit of an expanded time frame forces him to go out and re-establish his release point.”
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