BOSTON -- Daric Barton didnt bat and barely got on the field. Fred Brown Jersey . He still made the game-saving play. Yoenis Cespedes drove in the go-ahead run on an infield single with the bases loaded in the 10th and Barton, playing first, cut down the potential tying run at third in the bottom of the inning as the Athletics averted a three-game sweep with a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. "He made a terrific play," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "Thats a gutsy play. Thats a play that if the runner gets over, they can win the game with a hit. A gutsy play." Bostons Will Middlebrooks opened the inning with a single and advanced to second on the hit when centre fielder Coco Crisp had the ball bounce away for an error. With Barton playing in, guarding for a bunt, Jackie Bradley Jr. bounced it to first. Barton fired to third, cutting down Middlebrooks. "My whole goal was obviously to get the guy at third whether it was a bunt or a ground ball to me," Barton said. "It feels good. Ive learned to be ready. Anything can happen at any time, but Ive learned to be ready when they call my name and go out there and do my job." Barton came in when Josh Reddick left with a sprained ankle in the ninth. Jim Johnson (3-2) then got Dustin Pedroia to bounce into a game-ending double play. Middlebrooks was somewhat surprised and impressed by the play. "I was breaking off the bat. I didnt know it was to his right, to his left or right at him. Unfortunately it was right at him," he said. "This is the big leagues. People are supposed to make plays like that. Normally you dont see a first baseman that far in, but he made a good play. Hats off to him." Oakland closed a 10-game road trip 5-5 and avoided its second three-game sweep in its last four series. The Athletics were swept at home by Texas April 21-23. "Barton makes a heck of a heads-up play to cut down Will going to third," Boston manager John Farrell said. "Theyre playing in. Hes got to trust in his abilities. He throws a strike across the diamond to cut down Will." A.J. Pierzynski hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who failed to reach .500 for the first time since the fourth game of the season. Jed Lowrie had a two-out double off Chris Capuano (1-1) and after the bases were loaded with an intentional and regular walk, Cespedes beat out a slow roller to third against reliever Burke Badenhop. Johnson also got a double-play grounder by Jonny Gomes to end the ninth. With the Red Sox trailing 2-1 in the seventh, Pierzynski homered into Bostons bullpen. It could have been worse for the Athletics when right fielder Reddick had trouble with pinch hitter Gomes fly ball in the wind. He was charged with an error, allowing runners to reach second and third with one out. But reliever Fernando Abad got Bradley Jr. out at first on his attempted safety squeeze and Luke Gregerson retired Pedroia. Boston starter John Lackey gave up two runs on five hits in six innings, walking three and striking out four. Oaklands Sonny Gray also pitched six, giving up two runs and six hits, walking two with three strikeouts. Cespedes gave Oakland a 2-1 edge in the sixth with an RBI double off the Green Monster. The Athletics grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on Brandon Moss two-out RBI single. Grady Sizemores RBI double tied it in the fifth, but Gray escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam when Bradley bounced into a 1-2-3 double play. In the third, Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts relay from shallow left cut down Donaldson trying to score. Crew chief Jeff Kellogg requested a replay review to see if catcher Pierzynski was illegally blocking the plate. Replays showed he moved his foot and blocked the corner just before he caught the throw, knocking Donaldsons foot away as it attempted to reach home. The play was upheld. Melvin challenged a call on the first pitch of the game -- when Crisp was called out on a 5-6-3 grounder. Replays were ruled inconclusive. NOTES: Reddick limped off after grounding into a DP. ... Boston DH David Ortiz played in his 1,999th career game. ... The Athletics open a 10-game homestand Monday when left-hander Scott Kazmir (4-0, 2.11 ERA) faces Seattle right-hander Chris Young (1-0, 3.04). ... The Red Sox are off Monday before beginning a two-game series on Tuesday against Cincinnati when lefty Felix Doubront (1-3, 5.70) goes against the Reds Homer Bailey (2-2, 5.50). ... Sizemore went 2 for 2 before being pinch hit for, raising his career average to .321 (59 of 184) against the As, his best against any AL team. Russell Westbrook Jersey . After not scoring 40 points in the opening quarter in the last five seasons, the Rockets have done it five times this season and twice in the last three games. Bob Rule Jersey . -- Two out of three aint bad.LONDON, Ont. -- Quarterback Will Finch threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns, and Yannick Harou rushed in two scores as the No. 1 Western Mustangs claimed their 30th Yates Cup championship with a 51-22 victory over the Queens Gaels on Saturday. Finch found Matt Uren -- who was awarded the Dalt White Trophy as the Yates Cup MVP -- seven times for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Brian Marshall had 43 yards and a touchdown. Western kicker Liram Hajrullahu was perfect on four field-goal attempts, including one from 49 yards. "Our whole team played awesome," Finch said. "My O-line bought me so much time and the receivers made some fantastic catches, so thats all you can ask for as a quarterback." Gaels quarterback Billy McPhee was 21 for 35 for 275 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Receivers Doug Corby and Justin Chapdelaine each had 82 yards and a touchdown. Queens was 7-1 in the OUA regular season with its only loss coming against the Mustangs at TD Waterhouse Stadium. Western is undefeated. "Our goal was to get to the Yates Cup game, many of the kids would have been disappointed had we not got here," said Queens head coach Pat Sheahan. "We did get here and we competed for a championship. Sometimes you have to win some big games on the road and these were the two we couldnt win against the best team." The No. 4 Gaels put up a 5-3 lead after the first quarter, but the Mustangs exploded for 45 straight points to put the game out of reach. Queens sparked its offence in the fourthh quarter as McPhee hooked up with Chapdelaine for a score and two-point conversion to bring the game to 51-21. Stitched Thunder Jerseys. The Gaels added a rouge for the final score. The Gaels Justin Baronaitis led all defensive players on the day with 13.5 tackles while Westerns Preston Huggins had eight tackles and an interception. The victory marks Western head coach Greg Marshalls 18th Yates Cup. Marshall has hoisted the trophy four times as head coach of the Mustangs, four times as head coach at McMaster, seven times as a Mustangs assistant coach and three times as a Western player. Western travels to McMahon Stadium in Calgary to take on the Hardy Cup champion Dinos for the CIS Mitchell Bowl next Saturday. --- DINOS 43 BISONS 28 At Calgary, running back Mercer Timmins rushed for 279 yards and two touchdowns to lead Calgary to its sixth consecutive Hardy Cup with a convincing win over Manitoba. Quarterback Andrew Buckley had 262 passing yards and two touchdowns in the Canada West final. --- MOUNTIES 20 HUSKIES 17 At Halifax, receiver Josh Blanchard had 71 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Brandon Leyh threw for 245 yards to lead Mount Allison past Saint Marys in the AUS championship Loney Bowl. The Mounties will play Laval next week in the Uteck Bowl. --- ROUGE ET OR 14 CARABINS 11 At Laval, Que., Boris Bede kicked a 25-yard field goal and the Rouge et Or scored four team safeties to slip past the Montreal Carabins and win the Dunsmore Cup, the RSEQ championship. Manuel Crisi-L. rushed in a 10-yard touchdown for Montreal. ' ' '
ases loaded in the 10th and Barton
ases loaded in the 10th and Barton