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A's 6, Red Sox 2

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Seth Smith hit a two-run homer and Stephen Drew homered for the first time in an A's uniform and had two RBIs as the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep of the Red Sox with a 6-2 victory on Sunday afternoon.

Brett Anderson pitched six innings, allowed five hits and a run, walked one and struck out four to earn the victory.

Anderson (3-0) missed most of last season and has won each of his three starts since

his return on August 21 from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.

The Athletics roll into September having won a season-best nine in a row.

Last year, the Red Sox had an epic collapse and just missed out on clinching a playoff berth. This year, the entire season has been a disappointment, and the final month is simply driving the last nail into the coffin.

Daisuke Matsuzaka had his second-worst outing of the season, allowing seven hits and six runs in just 3 2/3 innings. His worst performance was also at Oakland on July 2 when he lasted one inning, allowing five runs on four hits surrendering two home runs.

The A's built a 6-0 lead before the Red Sox scored a run in the sixth on Cody Ross' RBI single to left. The Red Sox tried to score a second run on the same play but Yoenis Cespedes nailed Scott Podsednik with a perfect one-hop throw to the plate.

In the ninth, Dustin Pedroia doubled and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Mauro Gomez.

But with fans chanting sweep, Grant Balfour struck out Ryan Lavarnway to end the game.

NOTES: The last time the A's won more than nine straight games was June 8-18, 2006 when they won 10 in a row. During the win streak the Athletics outscored the opposition 72-21. ... Oakland has won eight

straight against the Red Sox, tying a franchise record . . . Drew had his best game

since joining the Athletics going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. ... Pedroia has a 13-game hit streak. He was 3-for-4 and is one hit shy

of 1000 for his career. ... Boston was outscored in this series 33-5, highlighted by a 20-2 loss on Friday night.
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