BOSTON — Daric Barton didn't bat and barely got on the field. He still made the game-saving play.
Yoenis Cespedes drove in the go-ahead run on an infield single with the bases loaded in the 10th and Barton, playing first, cut down the potential tying run at third in the bottom of the inning as the Athletics averted a three-game sweep with a 3-2 win over the Red Sox on Sunday.
"He made a terrific play," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "That's a gutsy play. That's a play that if the runner gets over, they can win the game with a hit. A gutsy play."
Boston's Will Middlebrooks opened the inning with a single and went to second when the ball bounced away from centerfielder Coco Crisp for an error.
With Barton playing in, guarding for a bunt, Jackie Bradley bounced it to first. Barton fired to third, cutting down Middlebrooks.
"My whole goal was obviously to get the guy at third whether it was a bunt or a ground ball to me," Barton said. "It feels good. I've learned to be ready. Anything can happen at any time, but I've learned to be ready when they call my name and go out there and do my job."