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July 15, 2013

Donaldson hits RBI single in 11th, A's beat Bosox

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Donaldson blooped an RBI single with two outs in the 11th inning and the Oakland Athletics beat Boston 3-2 yesterday despite a stellar start by Red Sox rookie Brandon Workman.

Workman took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning of his first major league start. Coco Crisp broke it up with a leadoff infield single.

Workman had pitched in only one big league game, getting roughed up over two innings in relief at Seattle on Wednesday. He became the third rookie in four days to pitch no-hit ball into the sixth inning of his first big league start — Houston’s Jarred Cosart and Cleveland’s Danny Salazar did it in their major league debuts.

Donaldson hit a two-run homer off Workman to tie it in the seventh, then singled with two outs in the 11th. Matt Thornton (0-4) lost in his Red Sox debut.

Ryan Cook (2-2) worked two innings for the victory.

Pinch-hitter Chris Young drew a leadoff walk in the Oakland 11th and moved up on a sacrifice. After a two-walk walk, Donaldson singled to right field.

Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt each drove in a run for the Red Sox, who have not won a series in Oakland since July of 2006.

Workman gave up two hits, walked one and struck out five in 6 1-3 innings. The 24-year-old righty was a combined 8-2 at Triple-A and Double-A this season.

All-Star Bartolo Colon gave up two runs on eight hits over 6 1-3 innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out four. The Oakland pitcher will not play in the All-Star game after starting Sunday.

The Red Sox loaded the bases with two outs without benefit of a hit in the 11th before Cook caught Holt looking at a called third strike.

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