BOSTON — Joe Kelly pitched six solid innings to earn his first win since his initial start of the season, Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Saturday.

The teams played a day after a fan at Fenway Park was struck in the head by a broken bat and suffered life-threatening injuries. Boston Police said Saturday Tonya Carpenter is expected to survive.

Kelly (2-4) gave up one run and four hits, striking out six and walking two to snap his career-worst, nine-start winless stretch. His previous victory came on April 11 in an 8-4 victory over the New York Yankees.

Koji Uehara, the fifth Red Sox pitcher, worked the ninth for his 13th save.

Jesse Chavez (2-6) allowed four runs and 10 hits in five innings.

Ramirez also singled twice, David Ortiz hit an RBI double and Mike Napoli had a run-scoring single for the Red Sox, who won for the fourth time in six games.

Mark Canha hit a solo homer for Oakland, which lost for just the third time in its last nine.

Ramirez’s 13th homer, a drive into the center-field bleachers, gave Boston a 2-0 lead in the first.

The Athletics cut it to 2-1 on Billy Burns’ RBI triple in the third before the slumping Ortiz snapped an 0-for-11 stretch with his double and Napoli followed with a single in the bottom of the inning.

Canha’s homer barely cleared the Green Monster in the seventh.


ATHLETICS: 1B Ike Davis, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps, is close to starting a rehab assignment. “His running the bases starts right about the time we get home, then he should be able to go out on a rehab,” Melvin said.

RED SOX: 3B Pablo Sandoval had his second straight day off after making two errors Thursday. “A couple of days to take some extra BP in the cage, smooth some things out, a little bit of a breather,” manager John Farrell said. “We’ve had a chance to talk briefly over the past couple of days and so the thought behind it is to give him a little bit of a breather. I would expect him to be back at third base tomorrow.”