Ceddanne Rafaela celebrates after hitting an RBI triple in the second inning of the Red Sox’s 12-9 win over the A’s on Tuesday in Boston. Charles Krupa/Associated Press

BOSTON — Brayan Bello fanned a career-high 11 batters – getting each of his first 10 outs by strikeout – and Wilyer Abreu and Dominic Smith homered on back-to-back pitches in an eight-run second inning Tuesday night to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 12-9.

On the day he was scratched from the All-Star Game with a sore shoulder, Rafael Devers had two hits and a walk, driving in three runs and scoring twice as the Red Sox won for the seventh time in eight games and improved to a season-high 10 games over .500.

Bello (9-5) is the first Red Sox pitcher since at least 1961 – and the first in the majors this year – to record his first 10 outs by strikeout. Even as he struggled in the first inning, when the A’s took a 2-0 lead on three hits and a wild pitch, Bello got all three outs on K’s.

Bello struck out three more (while allowing two baserunners) in the second, and then struck out the side in a 1-2-3 third inning. He fanned Lawrence Butler for the first out in the fourth, and then with runners on first and second he finally induced a groundout, by Max Schuemann.

By that time, the Red Sox led 11-2. Bello was charged for three more runs in the sixth, when he gave up a pair of singles and Butler’s 457-foot homer. In all, the Red Sox right-hander allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks.

Oakland scored another run in the seventh and made it 12-9 with two outs in the ninth when Zack Gelof hit a three-run homer — his third hit of the game — off of Trey Wingenter. Wingenter, who was making his major league debut, got Butler on a popup in the infield to end it.


Joey Estes (3-4) gave up hits to the first four batters in the first, with Boston taking a 3-2 lead on Devers’ two-run single. But it was the second inning when the Red Sox chased Estes and broke things open with eight runs on seven hits, a walk and a hit batter.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the first time since 2011 that every member of a major league lineup had at least one hit and one run in the first two innings. The Red Sox last did it in 2003.

Estes, who hadn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his last three starts, was charged with eight runs on seven hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings.

Alex Cora earned his 490th victory as Red Sox manager, surpassing Bill Carrigan for fourth-most in club history. It was Cora’s 900th game – more than 100 fewer than Carrigan (1,003).


The Red Sox recalled utilityman Jamie Westbrook from Triple-A Worcester and selected right-hander Trey Wingenter to the roster. Utilityman Enmanuel Valdez was optioned to Worcester and righty Naoyuki Uwasawa was designated for assignment.


A’s: LHP Hogan Harris, whose wife is expecting their first child, was placed on the paternity list and RHP Michel Otañez was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his spot on the roster.

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