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Oakland Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie, right, turns a double play over the Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia (15) at second in the sixth inning at Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, June 21, 2014. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

Athletics' Coco Crisp clinches extra-inning win over Red Sox, 2-1

OAKLAND, Calif.--Coco Crisp delivered a game-winning single to right on reliever Koji Uehara's first pitch Saturday to give the Oakland Athletics a 2-1, 10-inning victory over the Boston Red Sox for the A's fifth consecutive win.

With Josh Reddick on an injury rehabilitation assignment, Yoenis Cespedes delivered the ceremonial whipped cream pie to the face of Crisp during a postgame interview.

Alberto Callaspo opened the inning with a walk from Edward Mujica, and after Nick Punto bunted Callaspo to second base, Uehara came out of the bullpen with a 0.83 ERA and just 18 hits allowed in 32 2/3 innings.

The 19th hit was a bullet to right that stands as Crisp's seventh career game-ending hit.

The pitching win went to Dan Otero, who threw a scoreless top of the 10th , including striking out David Ortiz with two on and two out. The A's are a season-high 19 games over .500 at 47-28.

A's starter Jesse Chavez was in position to get a 1-0 win before things broke down in the eighth. Reliever Luke Gregerson thought he'd gotten the final out of the eighth by striking out Mike Napoli, but it wasn't as simple as that. Home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott ruled it a foul tip and no catch by Stephen Vogt.

Replays seemed to show Napoli not making contact and Vogt making the catch, and that's the case Bob Melvin made long and hard to Wolcott and all of the umpires. The call stood, however, and on the next pitch, Gregerson bounced a pitch in front of the plate. Vogt came out to get the ball, and as he did, Dustin Pedroia sprinted to the plate from third to score the tying run on the wild pitch.

That set Melvin off, and he came storming out after the inning was over, and it was just a matter of seconds before Wolcott threw him out of the game.

It was an atypical start for Chavez, who walked two of the first three and three of the first eight batters he faced.

Generally he doesn't have control issues; in his three starts before Saturday, he'd only walked three batters total, and he'd come in with eight consecutive innings without allowing a walk.

No matter, because the Red Sox couldn't hit his pitches when they were over the plate, and enough of them were that Chavez had a no-hitter through five innings. He'd walked two in the first, one in the third and one in the fourth, but didn't allow a hit until Brock Holt's single to left to open the sixth.

Chavez was in immediate trouble when Pedroia followed with another hit. But an Ortiz grounder to first base was turned into a 3-6-1 double play before Chavez struck out Napoli with a man on third to preserve what was at the time a 1-0 lead. It was the second double play of the day and those were the ninth and 10th of the season for the A's with Chavez on the mound.

Melvin went to the right-handed Gregerson to begin the eighth inning after Chavez had thrown 100 pitches, giving up three hits, four walks and striking out four. It was his second scoreless start of the season. He threw seven one-hit innings on the road against the Rangers on April 30.

Rubby De La Rosa, a Dominican product with a 95 mph fastball, was making his first start against the A's, and he made a nice impression.

The right-hander retired the first six batters he face before Vogt stepped up and clubbed a rocket off the wall in right-center. When center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. came over to get the ball, it ricocheted past him, enabling Vogt to get to third with a standup triple.

Callaspo followed with a bid for extra bases in the gap in right center only to be denied by a stellar headlong diving catch by Holt. The right fielder bounced up and made as strong a throw as he could to the plate, but Vogt was able to race home with the game's first run.

Vogt would turn out to be Oakland's most potent weapon against De La Rosa with the triple followed by a walk in the fifth and a single in the seventh. The A's only had two other base runners in the first seven innings, singles by Brandon Moss in the fourth and Cespedes in the sixth, both with two out.

The A's got a two-out single in the eighth and a one-out walk in the ninth, but needing a run to prevent going to extra innings, couldn't muster it.

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