Boston’s Rafael Devers watches his three-run home run in front of Oakland’s Sean Murphy in the fourth inning Tuesday night in Boston. Michael Dwyer/Associated Press


BOSTON — Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer, Nick Pivetta pitched eight strong innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the slumping Oakland Athletics 6-1 on Tuesday night.

JD Martinez also homered for Boston, which was back at home after going 8-2 on a West Coast trip that started with a three-game sweep at Oakland.

The A’s, who had lost 11 of 12 entering Tuesday, didn’t fare any better in Boston. Oakland had just two hits off Pivetta until Stephen Vogt’s solo homer in the eighth broke up the shutout bid. The only other hits for the A’s against the starter were Tony Kemp’s leadoff single in the fourth and Sean Murphy’s single in the fifth.

After opening the season 0-4, Pivetta (6-5) reeled off victories in five straight starts before his hot streak ended in a loss last Thursday at the Los Angeles Angels. He was back in form on Tuesday, getting an early lead and cruising through seven scoreless innings.

Pivetta allowed one run on three hits, walked two and struck out three.

Boston scored a run in each of the first two innings, then Martinez led off the third with a homer to center for a 3-0 lead. Devers doubled the margin in the fifth, driving an 0-1 sinker from Jared Koenig out to right-center for his 15th homer of the season after Franchy Cordero and Rob Refsnyder opened the inning with back-to-back-singles.

Koenig (0-2) finished the inning, but was replaced in the fifth by Adam Oller. Koenig allowed six runs on nine hits and two walks. He struck out two and committed a costly balk with runners at second and first in the first, helping set up an RBI single by Bogaerts for the game’s first run.

NOTES: LHP Chris Sale (ribs) was back with the club after continuing his rehab in Fort Myers, Florida, while the Red Sox were on a long trip. Sale said he feels he’s getting closer to making his season debut but isn’t quite ready yet. He’s scheduled to throw live BP on Thursday and could get to live pitching in the minors soon after. “Physically, mentally, everything, I feel like I’m ready to start this process and get going, and get back here quick,” Sale said. . OF Christian Arroyo was scratched from the lineup just before game time because of an illness.

Boston Red Sox’s Rafael Devers, right, watches his three-run home run in front of Oakland Athletics’ Sean Murphy during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) AP

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