A's Stephen Piscotty homers in first at-bat back from mom's funeral

In return from bereavement, A's player hits homer for mom

In return from bereavement, A's player hits homer for mom

In his first at-bat of the game in the top of the second, Piscotty belted a solo home run over the Green Monster at Fenway Park.

Oakland Athletics right fielder Stephen Piscotty has been activated from the bereavement list and is starting on Tuesday versus the Boston Red Sox. The gesture was a tribute to his mother, Gretchen Piscotty, who passed away on May 6 after battling ALS for almost one year. I'm pretty cried out, so I didn't tear up or anything.

It wasn't just another home run.

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The team had given Piscotty the option to sit out Tuesday, when he got a ride to the airport around 3:45 a.m.in California for a flight to Boston.

Daniel Mengden started for Oakland and turned in a terrific performance, particularly considering that Boston is averaging 6.7 runs per game at home and hitting.288, both major-league bests.

"It's been an emotional week", Piscotty told MLB.com. Probably Gretchen. It was like a walkoff. "He's on little sleep, a lot of adrenaline", Melvin said.

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

Andrew Benintendi homered for Boston and Mitch Moreland finished with a pair of doubles for the Red Sox, who have struggled since their torrid start to the season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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