The A's snapped a two-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd at the Coliseum.

They turned to a tried-and-true formula, one that keyed their run to the American League West title last season and has them in first place again this season: Impressive starting pitching, timely hitting and air tight relief pitching.

In the process, the A's maintained their one-game lead over the Texas Rangers and assured themselves at least a share of the division lead at the All-Star break.

"You're going to win a lot of games if your starters give you that kind of effort every night," A's first baseman Nate Freiman said of A.J. Griffin, who blanked the Red Sox over eight innings. "That was more than solid pitching, it was awesome."

Griffin's blanking of Boston marked the 10th straight time an A's starter allowed three or fewer runs.
The victory had far more to do with superb pitching than it did with the A's hitters roughing up starter Jon Lester and the Red Sox bullpen, though the A's recorded more timely hits than in recent games.
The A's hit just enough to overcome a Red Sox offense that failed to solve Griffin. The A's have scored just nine runs in the past five games combined, or one fewer than they did against Kansas City last Sunday.