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Napoli has slam, Red Sox beat Athletics

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli celebrates his grand slam against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli celebrates his grand slam against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli watches his grand slam home run with Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli watches his grand slam home run with Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Red Sox's Shane Victorino gets back to second base safely after an error on a fielders choice by Oakland Athletics second baseman Andy Parrino, holding the ball, during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Red Sox's Shane Victorino gets back to second base safely after an error on a fielders choice by Oakland Athletics second baseman Andy Parrino, holding the ball, during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks rounds the bases after his three-run home run off of Oakland Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin, rear left, during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks rounds the bases after his three-run home run off of Oakland Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin, rear left, during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz smiles after scoring on a double by teammate Mike Napoli during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz smiles after scoring on a double by teammate Mike Napoli during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Oakland Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Oakland Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront delivers against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront delivers against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront delivers against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront delivers against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli celebrates his grand slam against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli watches his grand slam home run with Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Red Sox's Shane Victorino gets back to second base safely after an error on a fielders choice by Oakland Athletics second baseman Andy Parrino, holding the ball, during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks rounds the bases after his three-run home run off of Oakland Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin, rear left, during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz smiles after scoring on a double by teammate Mike Napoli during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Oakland Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Oakland Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront delivers against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront delivers against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

BOSTON – Mike Napoli hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, Will Middlebrooks busted out of a slump with a three-run homer and the Boston Red Sox rebounded from a doubleheader sweep by beating the Oakland Athletics, 9-6, last night.

The Red Sox, swept by Kansas City in a split-doubleheader Sunday, scored three runs in the fourth and five in the fifth. Napoli’s fourth career slam keyed the five-run fifth and helped end Oakland’s eight-game winning streak against Boston.

The Athletics dropped their season-high fourth straight after being swept in a three-game series at the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend. Oakland’s winning streak against Boston was its longest in franchise history since the Philadelphia Athletics won eight in row in 1932.

Felix Doubront (2-0) struggled with his control, but got the win on a night with wind chills in the 30s. He allowed three runs on three hits, walking five. He also threw two wild pitches and struck out eight in 62∕3 innings.

A.J. Griffin (2-1) was tagged for a career-worst nine runs – seven earned – and eight hits in four-plus innings.

Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-5, ending his streak of reaching base safely in each of Boston’s first 18 games.

Trailing 2-1 in the fourth, the Red Sox jumped in front when the slumping Middlebrooks belted his homer. Napoli was hit by a pitch and Daniel Nava doubled down the left field line before Middlebrooks, just 4 for his last 43 since hitting three homers in Toronto on April 7, homered into the Green Monster seats.

Chris Young’s sacrifice fly cut it to 4-3 in the fifth, but the Athletics left the bases loaded. Boston then broke it open with Napoli’s slam.

Shane Victorino singled leading off and Pedroia reached on a fielder’s choice. Second baseman Andy Parrino dropped a throw at second trying to get a force on the play. David Ortiz then walked before Napoli hit an 0-1 pitch into the first row of Monster seats into deep left-center. Jarrod Saltalamacchia added an RBI double off reliever Chris Resop, making it 9-3.

The Athletics made it interesting in the eighth, scoring three runs off reliever Clayton Mortensen – two on a double by Josh Donaldson and the other on Josh Reddick’s RBI double – before Junichi Tazawa escaped a two-on, one-out jam. Andrew Bailey worked the ninth for his fourth save.

Oakland had moved ahead 2-0 in the second when Doubront’s first wild pitch allowed a run. Reddick followed with an RBI single.

Boston cut it to 2-1 in the bottom half on Napoli’s RBI double.

NOTES

∎ The Red Sox honored the Watertown, Mass., police officers that were in a gunfight with the suspects of the Boston Marathon bombings late Thursday night. They were introduced and stood on top of Boston’s dugout after the fourth inning.

∎ Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

∎ Oakland is 11-2 versus the AL West, but 1-6 against other teams.

∎ Napoli and Bailey were named the AL’s co-players of the week.

∎ Red Sox Manager John Farrell said before the game that closer Joel Hanrahan, on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring, “threw the ball well” in a 30-pitch bullpen. He’s expected to have another one tomorrow.

∎ Boston RHP John Lackey, on the 15-day DL with a strained right biceps, began a rehab assignment by throwing 32∕3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits with five strikeouts and two walks for Double-A Portland.

∎ Boston’s Alfredo Aceves (1-0) is slated to face the A’s Bartolo Colon (2-0) today.

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