Boston Red Sox

Mitch Moreland broke a 3-3 tie with a grand slam in the sixth inning as the Red Sox rallied for a 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on Friday.

The Red Sox went down 3-0 after the first inning due to a shaky start to Drew Pomeranz’ first outing of the season. But the Red Sox quickly answered with a three-run rally in the top of the second, powered by a three-run bomb for Jackie Bradley Jr.

After three straight singles by Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, and Hanley Ramirez to start the sixth inning, the A’s replaced starter Kendall Graveman with Emilio Pagan. Moreland made them pay for that decision in the strongest possible way:

The Red Sox have now hit five grand slams as a team on the season. The single-season team record for grannies belongs to the 2000 A’s and 2006 Cleveland Indians with 14, according to the Baseball Almanac.

Up Next: The Red Sox (17-2) send Chris Sale (1-0, 1.23 ERA) to the mound in a strong pitching matchup against the Athletics’ Sean Manaea (2-2, 1.63 ERA) on Saturday with a chance to extend their historic start to the 2018 season.

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