Emotional victory: Stephen Piscotty homers in A's win at Boston


Piscotty, who returned to the A's Tuesday after missing four games to be with his family, drove an 0-2 pitch from Eduardo Rodriguez out to left in the second inning. Piscotty's mom, Gretchen, lost her battle with ALS last week at age 55.

The A's right fielder made a touching return to the diamond Tuesday night, launching a second-inning home run over the Green Monster at Fenway Park during a game with the Red Sox in his first-at bat since coming off the bereavement list.

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Stephen Piscotty looked to the sky, tapping his heart as he crossed home plate.

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Piscotty's close relationship with Gretchen has been chronicled throughout recent weeks. "I kind of put my hand over my chest like she would do".

Andrew Benintendi homered for Boston and Mitch Moreland finished with a pair of doubles for the Red Sox. Blake Treinen finished it off for his eighth save of the season. He's 1-5 with a 7.60 ERA over seven starts with the A's this season.

Added Melvin: "To hit a home run in his first at-bat like that, there's something in the air". But the A's came out fully ready to go: Marcus Semien and Chad Pinder opened the game with base hits and with two outs, Chapman doubled them in.