Stephen Piscotty hits home run in first at-bat since mother's funeral

Playing in his first game back with the A's after taking time to grieve the passing of his mother, Gretchen, Piscotty had just homered in his first at-bat at Fenway Park on Tuesday night.

"It was pure joy", Piscotty said of his blast in the A's 5-3 victory over the Red Sox, per SFGate.com.

Piscotty's third homer of the season was his only hit of the night and put the A's up 3-0.

"Running around [the bases] was pretty emotional".

BC-BBA-Athletics-Piscotty Homers, 98A's Stephen Piscotty honors late mother with HR in returnAP Photo MASR106Eds: APNewsNow. I'm pretty cried out, so I didn't tear up or anything.

"He wanted to play".

Added Melvin: "To hit a home run in his first at-bat like that, there's something in the air. The guys just embraced him when he got in the dugout".

Athletics: To make room on the roster for Piscotty, Oakland optioned RHP Kendall Graveman to Triple-A Nashville.

Mengden has allowed no more than two runs in his past three outings and no more than three in seven of his nine starts. Matt Chapman and Mark Canha had two RBIs apiece for the A's, who took the first two games of the series against the struggling Red Sox.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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