Tom Bolton struggled through seven-plus innings and Luis Rivera hit an inside-the-park homer Friday night as the Boston Red Sox edged the Oakland Athletics 3-2.
Bolton (7-4) allowed 10 hits, including Jose Canseco's seventh homer in 10 games and Rickey Henderson's four consecutive singles but was tough in the clutch.After Canseco led off the eighth with his 16th homer and Harold Baines doubled, Jeff Reardon replaced Bolton.
Terry Steinbach beat out a bunt single, but Reardon struck out Mark McGwire and got Ernest Riles to ground into Boston's fourth double play. Reardon then retired the side in order for his 19th save.
Oakland starter Mike Moore (8-6) pitched a complete-game six-hitter, but walked seven and struck out only one as the A's lost for the sixth time in eight games on their current road swing.
The A's got one run back in the third on Henderson's single and Dave Henderson's looping double to right.
With two outs in the sixth, Boston made it 3-1 as Rivera sliced a fly ball about 300 feet to right. Canseco gambled, but couldn't make the catch, and the ball bounced to the warning track.
Canseco retrieved the ball and flipped it to McGwire, who fired to the plate too late as Rivera completed his fourth home run with a head-first slide. It was the first inside-the-park homer in Fenway Park since Greenwell hit one last Sept. 1.