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

Stephen Piscotty

He promptly singled. The funeral services for Gretchen Piscotty - after losing her almost year-long battle with ALS - were Monday.

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.

What a special moment. "I kind of put my hand over my chest like she would do".

With AP Photos.Oakland Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty homered in his first at-bat on Tuesday night after returning from the bereavement list and saluted his late mother when he crossed home plate. He's 1-5 with a 7.60 ERA over seven starts with the A's this season. Mengden then pitched around Mitch Moreland's leadoff double in the second, but the Red Sox scored an unearned run in the fourth after an error by Matt Chapman put J.D. Martinez at second; he eventually scored on a groundout by Moreland.

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In his first game back, Piscotty promptly launched a towering home run over Boston's Green Monster.

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.

The A's will look to sweep the Red Sox when they close out the three-game series Wednesday.

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