Stephen Piscotty hits home run in first at-bat since mother's funeral

Screenshot via @NBCSAthletics

Screenshot via @NBCSAthletics

As he trotted toward home plate, Oakland Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty tapped his chest and looked up at the sky.

Stephen Piscotty crushed an 0-2 pitch from Eduardo Rodriguez over the green monster that landed on Lansdowne Street, completely out of Fenway Park.

"Running around [the bases] was pretty emotional". "I've been a little cried out, so I didn't tear up or anything". Piscotty, a Bay Area native, was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the A's in December, enabling him to care for his mother at their Pleasanton, California, home. Piscotty, who said he still felt like he was on West Coast time, declined the option. "I know he was really- looking forward to that first at-bat".

Daniel Mengden started for Oakland and turned in a terrific performance, particularly considering that Boston is averaging 6.7 runs per game at home and hitting.288, both major-league bests. "Probably Gretchen ... It was like a walkoff". He's 1-5 with a 7.60 ERA over seven starts with the A's this season.

Athletics: To make room on the roster for Piscotty, Oakland optioned RHP Kendall Graveman to Triple-A Nashville. 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.

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