Crisp’s single in 8th lifts A’s past Red Sox, 4-3

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Coco Crisp says it is too early to declare the Athletics the best team in baseball, even though their record says otherwise.

Oakland’s veteran center fielder has been around far too long to make that declaration, not with more than four months left to play.

Crisp drove in Kyle Blanks with a two-out single in the eighth inning and the A’s beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Friday night.

“You just have to go by the record, and as of right now we have the best record,” Crisp said. “We’ll see what happens. It’s a long season. I’m not saying that we are or are not the best team in baseball. That’s a tough question to answer.”

Oakland’s sixth win in seven games moved the AL West-division leaders a season-high 18 games over .500. The A’s have had the best record in the AL since the end of May and have won six of their last seven series.

Crisp entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and struck out against reliever Burke Badenhop. He came up in the eighth with two runners on after a bit of wildness from Boston reliever Andrew Miller.

Miller (2-5) hit Blanks and Alberto Callaspo with back-to-back pitches with one out. After Nick Punto struck out looking, Crisp lined a 2-2 pitch to right and Blanks easily scored ahead of the throw from Brock Holt.

“He’s come through so many times (that) to an extent you almost expect it,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “It always feels great when he’s at the plate.”

Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth for his 10th save. The A’s closer also extended his scoreless streak to 23 1/3 innings, the longest active mark in the AL.

Josh Donaldson hit a three-run home run, his first in two weeks.

Oakland only managed two hits off Boston starter Felix Doubront and had stranded eight runners before Crisp delivered the game-winner.

Fernando Abad (2-2) pitched one inning for the win.

The A’s have won the first two of this series after dropping two of three to the Red Sox at Fenway Park last month.

Both teams squandered multiple scoring opportunities.

The Red Sox left two on in the fourth and failed to score after loading the bases in the fifth. The A’s had two on in the third, fourth and seventh but stranded them each time.

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