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Game 21 wrapup: A’s hitters respond well to rain, but long for sun; Umpires handled rainout well

The A’s had scored just 15 runs in four games, all losses, coming into Tuesday.

They scored six times in the third inning and 13 times in the game in bringing the losing streak to an end.

Does that mean they want to go out and take all their at-bats in the rain and cold? No. but it does mean they enter Wednesday’s series finale against Boston lefty Jon Lester feeling much better about things.

    And they can even feel better about the weather. The forecasters say it’s supposed to clear up and be a nice spring day, which will be a major change from Tuesday, when it was 42 degrees at game time in the rain.

“This was a good one for me,’’ catcher John Jaso said. “It was good to see (Josh) Reddick hit the ball hard a couple of times. Mossy (Brandon Moss), too.’’

The three-hit game was the first of the season for Jaso, who pushed his average from .224 to .258. He scored twice and drove in two runs and wound up feeling better about his game that at just about any time this season.

And there must be something special about facing the Red Sox for old Bostonians. Reddick and Moss both played in Boston earlier in their careers, and both continue to haunt the team that sent them packing.

Reddick went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two runs driven in and is now hitting .317 (13-for-41) with seven extra-base hits and 14 RBIs in 10 games against his old team.

As for Moss, his three-hit, two-run, two-RBI night leaves him with somewhat staggering totals against the Red Sox. He’s only faced them in seven games, but he’s 14-for-22 (.636) with three homers, three doubles and 11 RBIs in those games.

 

–The A’s admitted to wondering if they would make it through the fifth inning – the cutoff for a legal game – when they added to their 8-0 lead by 50 percent with a four-run top of the fifth.

The thing Oakland needed most was to get through the bottom of the fifth and make sure the game was legal. After a four-game losing streak, it would have been a crusher to see a win taken away by a postponement.

It turned out they had nothing to worry about. The umpiring crew didn’t do anything except have both teams play on until the end of the seventh, at which time the game was halted. 36 minutes later, it was called off.

“It was the right decision,’’ manager Bob Melvin said, “to play to where we did. But at the end, the pitchers were starting to slip on the mound. And there was so much Diamond Dry (a granular product designed to soak up moisture) on the field, two or three inches in some places, that you couldn’t get any traction.’’

Jaso said he thought the plan was to run through the Red Sox’s entire supply of Diamond Dry.

“I wasn’t sure how many bags they had left,’’ he said. “They went through a lot of it.’’

John Hickey

Returning to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.