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Jason Varitek went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in to lead the Boston Red Sox past the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Boston won as -200 home favorites as the game played UNDER the 8.5-run total listed by oddsmakers.

Jason Bay was 2-for-3 with a homer for the Red Sox, while Josh Beckett allowed two runs over 6 2-3 innings to earn the win for Boston.

Scott Hairston went deep for Oakland, as Dana Eveland was rocked for four runs over 2 2-3 innings to take the defeat for the Athletics.