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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Franchy Cordero hit a three-run homer on Frankie Montas in the sixth inning, and the Boston Red Sox ended a three-game Oakland Athletics win with a 5-2 win on Sunday.

Rich Hill threw three hits for six innings and had five strikeouts. Rafael Devers hit a homer and drove in two runs as the Red Sox extended their winning streak to four and returned to .500 (27-27) for the first time since April 22.

“We’ve played good baseball for the last three weeks, just ground and used everyone,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. “We still have holes, but we feel very comfortable every day”

The A’s lost their seventh straight run, falling to 7-23 at home – their worst record in the majors and the second-worst in franchise history in 30 games. The 1920 Philadelphia A’s started 6-23-1 at home.

Montas (2-6) went out 14 of 15 after a rocky first inning before a throwing error by third baseman Kevin Smith in the sixth helped build Boston’s big inning.

After Devers left and Xander Bogaerts reached the error, Alex Verdugo flew out and Trevor Story emerged. A’s manager Mark Kotsay made a hilltop visit, then Cordero hit the next throw — an 85-mph sliver up in the zone — into the left field stand.

“He got me out of the first two at-bats with that splinter, so it was obvious he was going to try and throw that pitch at some point in that at-bat,” Cordero said through an interpreter. “I was ready for it.”

In his first at-bat, Cordero put first baseman Seth Brown on a ball that had an exit speed of 100 mph. His home run left at 107 mph.

“That ball was destroyed,” Cora said. “There is a reason why he goes on the barricades, because he contributes every day. It seems like every time he hits the ball it’s tough.”

Hill (2-3) rebounded from his worst start to the season to beat the A’s for the second time in nine career games. The 42-year-old left-hander failed to cope, submitting 16 right after Ramón Laureano’s RBI double in the first before departing after Jed Lowrie’s leadoff single in the seventh.

“Thrown a lot of cutters today, which was good,” Hill said. “It opens up the outer portion of the plate, leaving more room for swings and misses with the curveball. It wasn’t like trying to find the hitting zone like the last game.”

Devers hit an RBI single in the first and homer leading away from the eighth.

Montas had seven strikeouts in six innings but lost his fifth straight. He has had six hits and four runs (one earned) since April 18 without a win.

SHORT HOPS

Six of Devers’ 12 home runs were solo shots. … The A’s have been ruled out three times and held to a run three times in Montas’ last nine starts. … The Red Sox have won eight of their last 11 on the road. … The 1-9 homestand is the second-worst in Oakland history. The A’s went 0-6 at the Coliseum from April 29 to May 4 of this year. … Laureano has a 10-game hitting streak.

TRAINING ROOM

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale will throw another bullpen on Tuesday and face off against hitters on Friday. … RHP Hansel Robles (back spasms) will field an inning for Triple-A Worcester on Tuesday and could return to the big-league club on Thursday. … LHP James Paxton (elbow surgery) throws up to 120ft and has urged management to let him back on the mound soon. … JD Martinez was given the day off as part of Cora’s plan to rest his veteran players over the next week.

Athletics: OF Stephen Piscotty (calf strain) has made strides to batting in the cage but will remain in Oakland to continue his rehab during the team’s road trip.

NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Michael Wacha (3-1, 2.43 ERA) faces the Angels Monday in Anaheim. Wacha has allowed two earned runs or fewer and four hits or fewer in seven of his eight starts.

Athletics: After a day off, LHP Cole Irvin (2-2, 2.96) plays the Braves in Atlanta on Tuesday. Irvin has conceded a home run in his previous six starts.

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