Xander Bogaerts homered and drove in three runs to celebrate becoming  the career leader in games played by a Red Sox shortstop, and Boston  opened its 10-game road trip with a 7-2 victory over the Oakland  Athletics on Friday night. 

The A’s fell to 7-21 at home — their worst start at the Coliseum since moving from Kansas City in 1968. 

Bogaerts played in his 1,094th game at shortstop, surpassing the  previous club mark held by Everett Scott. It was also Bogaerts’ 1,081st  start at the position, tying Scott’s franchise record. 

“On a personal level it’s crazy,” Bogaerts said. “I’m very blessed to be  in that conversation. I never would have imagined or expected any of  that when I made my debut or even when I signed here. It’s been a long  road, but a lot of happy moments for sure.” 

The three-time All-Star crushed a 2-0 pitch from James Kaprielian to  left-center in the fourth inning for his sixth home run of the season. 

After the A’s got within 4-2 on Jed Lowrie’s two-run double off Matt  Strahm in the eighth, Bogaerts hit a bases-loaded double in the ninth. 

“He’s a humble kid from the islands and he just wants to play baseball,”  Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “With time he’s going to realize how  important he is for us and for the Red Sox and actually for baseball.  This kid is so consistent in everything he does.” 

Nathan Eovaldi (3-2) had eight strikeouts and pitched four-hit ball over  six scoreless innings to win his second straight for Boston. 

“I felt really good,” Eovaldi said. “I had real good fastball command  and had a good feel for my splitter again. We were able to get some  quick outs and we were able to get on the board first and keep the  lead.” 

Trevor Story had a two-run double in the sixth one pitch after thinking  he drew ball four, and Alex Verdugo singled and scored twice for the Red  Sox.