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Gray picks up first win as A’s thump Red Sox

Other major-league teams might see the Coliseum as an antiquated, broken-down bowl of gray alongside Interstate 880. Sonny Gray pocketed his first win of the season and Jed Lowrie, Khris Davis and Chad Pinder smacked home runs before 12,016 spectators. Gray, who missed all of April with a strained right shoulder, matched his 2016 season high with the eight strikeouts and picked up his first win since July 26. The A’s made noise one night after absorbing a shutout in Seattle, failing to get even one extra-base hit. Gray dug himself an early hole, relinquishing two runs in the first inning. The Red Sox had the bases loaded with one out, one run already across and onetime A’s outfielder Chris Young (in 2013) at the plate. Young hit a sacrifice fly and Gray got the next batter, Jackie Bradley Jr., on a flyball to end the inning. The A’s helped Gray with a rare offensive outburst in their half of the first inning. Lowrie smacked a two-run homer to center field and Davis followed with a solo shot to right-center. “It’s a tough place to play,” he said of the Coliseum, citing the sometimes cold weather and expansive foul territory.

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