Deven Marrero alertly tags Rajai Davis at third base for an out, following an overturned call in the 3rd inning
The 28-year-old Velazquez was responsible for six runs and nine hits in five innings, walking two and fanning four in the 101-pitch outing. His contract was purchased by the Red Sox out of the Mexican League in February and he joined the team Thursday afternoon.
Taking control: Staring down an early 2-0 deficit, the A's responded with three runs in the bottom of the first, after totaling just two hits the night before in a shutout loss in Seattle. The inning featured the first back-to-back home runs by the A's this season, with former Red Sox infielder Lowrie sending one to dead center for a two-run shot and Davis lifting one over the right-center-field wall. Davis has 12, tying Yonder Alonso for the team lead.
Rajai Davis led off the third inning with what was initially ruled a triple, but the Red Sox challenged and replay officials determined that he came off the bag while third baseman Deven Marrero was applying the tag, and the call was overturned.
Red Sox: Chris Sale seeks to tie a Major League record he already co-owns with his eighth straight start of 10 strikeouts or more on Friday at 9:35 p.m. ET against the A's. Sale, who leads the Majors with 85 strikeouts and a 0.77 WHIP, went 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two starts against Oakland last year.
A's: Right-hander Kendall Graveman is on tap to start the second game of this four-game series, scheduled for 6:35 p.m. PT Friday at the Coliseum. Graveman has a 5.48 ERA in four starts since his return from the disabled list, after posting a 2.00 ERA in his first three starts.
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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Red Sox on Thursday.
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