The Boston Red Sox kept the good times rolling by taking a 7-0 series-opening victory from the Oakland Athletics on Monday night at Oakland Coliseum.

The Red Sox improved to 51-44 on the season with the win, while the A’s fell to 25-71.

Check out the full box score here.

It helps that he was facing the league-worst Athletics in this one, but there’s no denying that Nick Pivetta has been dominant in his role as a long reliever.

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Pivetta was sent to the bullpen back in the middle of May, as he was struggling while a one-time healthy Red Sox rotation was firing on all cylinders. It was a tough decision for Boston at the time, but has become increasingly validated through Pivetta’s play — even though the Red Sox rotation has been anything but healthy since.

The 30-year-old has a 2.31 ERA through 35 innings pitched out of the bullpen, putting together his most masterful performance Monday. Pivetta had 13 strikeouts over the course of six hitless innings.

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On a night where Red Sox fans likely turned in early, Pivetta rewarded the ones who stayed up late.

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— Pivetta continued to dominate in his long-relief role, striking out a franchise-record 13 out of the ‘pen.

— Connor Wong went 3-for-4 from the plate with three RBIs on Monday, helping push the game out of Oakland’s reach.

— Triston Casas continued to perform well at the plate, walking twice in a 1-for-2 effort from the plate.

The Red Sox struck out just three times before reaching Oakland’s bullpen, helping cash the under on Athletics starter Paul Blackburn’s strikeout total. The 29-year-old’s total was set at 4.5 by FanDuel Sportsbook, with $100 under bettors cashing out at $178.13.

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The Red Sox and A’s will continue their three-game set Tuesday at Oakland Coliseum. First pitch is scheduled for 9:40 p.m. ET and you can watch the game, plus an hour of pregame coverage, on NESN.

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