Stephen Piscotty homers in first at-bat back from mother's funeral

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It was last week when Piscotty came to bat for the first time since his mother's death and he was given a standing ovation.

With his hand on his heart, Stephen Piscotty trotted toward home plate Tuesday, and when he got there, he patted his chest and looked upward. "I'm going to keep that with me".

The Athletics' Stephen Piscotty returned from the bereavement list in a special way on Tuesday. 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.

Oakland has won four in a row over the Red Sox and has won the season series for the second year in a row.

Andrew Benintendi homered for Boston and Mitch Moreland finished with a pair of doubles for the Red Sox. The past six starts in particular have been very impressive for Mengden, posting a 2.62 with 26 strikeouts while allowing two runs or less in five of those six.

Piscotty is hitting.248 with two home runs and 13 RBIs in 34 games.

Ahead by three runs entering the bottom of the ninth, Blake Treinen allowed a run to score, but held on for his eighth save of the season.

Eduardo Rodriguez (3-1) took his first loss of the season after getting roughed up in the first few innings.

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