Taking the mound with the lead in the second inning after a rough start to the game was just what Sonny Gray needed to get back on track.
Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis hit first-inning homers to spoil Hector Velazquez's major league debut and Gray took it from there to get his first win of the season for the Oakland Athletics, 8-3 over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.
“That really kind of got me going and gave me the kick I needed to really try to focus down and put up some zeroes,” Gray said. “The offense really bailed me out early tonight. That was huge.”
Gray (1-1) allowed two runs in a 31-pitch first inning in his 100th career start before settling down. Relying...