Piscotty arrived to the A's clubhouse Tuesday afternoon after spending the past four days with his family following the death of his mother, Gretchen, May 6 after a long battle with ALS.
What a special moment.
Piscotty's third homer of the season was his only hit of the night and put the A's up 3-0. "I kind of put my hand over my chest like she would do".
As he trotted toward home plate, Oakland Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty tapped his chest and looked up at the sky. "I'm going to keep that with me". He's 1-5 with a 7.60 ERA over seven starts with the A's this season.
Andrew Benintendi homered for Boston and Mitch Moreland finished with a pair of doubles for the Red Sox.
Added Melvin: "To hit a home run in his first at-bat like that, there's something in the air".
The game began late after rain and lightning caused a one hour, 40-minute delay, but that didn't seem to affect A's starter Daniel Mengden. In the ninth, A's closer Blake Treinen gave up his first run in May on an RBI groundout by Mookie Betts before earning his eighth save of the season. Matt Chapman and Mark Canha had two RBIs apiece for the A's, who took the first two games of the series against the struggling Red Sox.