Red Sox - 000 001 000 - 1 4 2 Athletics - 104 010 10x - 7 11 0Griffin (7-3-1-0-5, 91) retired the first 14 Red Sox batters before Jarrod Saltalamacchia enraged the locals by dropping down a bunt single. Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, and Ryan Lavarnway had Boston's other three singles.
The Red Sox have lost seven straight games to the A's for the first time since dropping eight in a row to Philadelphia Athletics in 1932.
Doubront threw 77 pitches, but lasted only three innings (3-6-5-2-6). Two former Red Sox - Coco Crisp (3-for-4) and Chris Carter - hit home runs.
The Red Sox have lost 21 of their last 30 games.
Ellsbury, CFIf you are wondering how the Red Sox could lose a game 20-2, Nick Cafardo has the answer - because Jacoby Ellsbury can't bunt.
When the Red Sox put two base runners on with nobody out in the first inning Friday night against Oakland, Jacoby Ellsbury couldn't get a bunt down. This is a professional baseball player, who until last season was someone who relied on his legs. Players with speed should know how to bunt.Note: That wayward "f" was in the original Globe article.
Ellsbury could have changed the course of the game had he been able to execute a basic task. f He eventually grounded into a double play.