August 30, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Tim Wakefield took a no-hitter into the eighth inning on a day when the Red Sox desperately needed a strong start from their 42-year-old knuckleballer and finished with a four-hitter Wednesday in Boston's slump-snapping 8-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Wakefield (1-1) got within five outs of the first no-hitter of his 17-season major league career, nearly becoming the second-oldest pitcher to accomplish the feat after Nolan Ryan.
Kurt Suzuki broke it up with a one-out single to left for the A's, and Landon Powell had an RBI single later in the inning.
Wakefield gave up Matt Holliday's run-scoring double in the ninth, but escaped one last jam before getting hugs and congratulations from each of his teammates.
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