OAKLAND, Calif. Denzel Valentine Jersey . -- Athletics manager Bob Melvin is already starting to run out of superlatives to describe Scott Kazmir. The right-hander has been so effective in his first season with Oakland that Melvin might need to break out a thesaurus when talking about the veteran pitcher. Kazmir pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight start, Yoenis Cespedes hit his 14th home run and the As beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2 on Thursday night. "Its a broken record talking about him because were seeing basically the same game out of him," Melvin said. "I had heard last year maybe this is a 100-pitch guy top, six innings maybe. Hes been anything but. Hes been absolutely terrific." Kazmir (9-2) went into the game with the second-lowest ERA among qualifiers in the AL and extended his streak to 18 1-3 innings without allowing an earned run before Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run home run in the sixth. He struck out eight and didnt walk a batter. Over his past five starts, Oaklands right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA. "Probably one of the best (games) I felt this year, for sure," said Kazmir, who has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last five starts. "I was able to get ahead most of the time with my fastball and expand the strike zone with my breaking balls and my changeup. Didnt really use too many breaking balls. Just relied mainly on fastball location." Stephen Vogt had two hits and two RBIs, Jed Lowrie scored twice and John Jaso singled in an insurance run in the seventh to move the As a season-high 17 games over .500. Its the best record in the majors and continued Oaklands best start since 1990. Cespedes had not homered against the Red Sox until his two-out, solo shot off Jake Peavy in the third. Boston had played five straight one-run games heading into the series opener with Oakland. This one was tight as well. The As led 3-0 after Vogts single scored Lowrie in the fourth. Kazmir, who hasnt lost since May 23, took a shutout into the sixth that Pedroia ended with a two-out home run. It was the only mistake Kazmir made. "We faced a tough pitcher," Pedroia said. "To be honest, our at bats werent that bad. We have to find a way to have a big inning and get some momentum." Luke Gregerson pitched the eighth and Dan Otero worked the ninth for his first career save. Peavy (1-5) had a second straight strong outing but remained winless over his past 10 starts. Peavy allowed five hits over 6 1-3 innings, retired eight of the final nine batters he faced and struck out four with three walks. It wasnt enough to prevent the Red Sox from ending their three-game winning streak. Vogt hit an RBI groundout off Peavy in the second and singled in another run in the fourth. Lowrie, who walked and doubled, scored both times. Cespedes homered with two outs in the third. The Cuban slugger is batting .343 with four home runs and 12 RBIs through 17 games in June. Cespedes has driven in 49 runs already this season and could soon join teammates Brandon Moss (55) and Josh Donaldson (52) in the 50-RBI club. "When you look at the runs that weve put up this year, a lot of it has to do with those guys in the middle of the order," Melvin said. "Its pretty amazing." NOTES: Otero was in the closers role because Sean Doolittle had pitched in the previous two games. ... Cespedes has now homered against every team in the AL except Tampa Bay. ... RHP Clay Buchholz (hyperextended knee) pitched six scoreless innings during his second rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket. ... LHP Brad Mills starts Friday in his Oakland debut. Mills was acquired in a trade from Milwaukee earlier this week. LHP Felix Doubront (2-4) pitches for Boston. John Paxson Jersey . -- Golden State Warriors reserve centre Ognjen Kuzmic is expected to miss at least six weeks after undergoing surgery on his fractured right hand. 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Virginia has certainly built on that momentum by winning all 12 of its games thus far to ascend to the third overall spot in the Top-25. It has been stifling defensive play that has fueled the teams success, but on Tuesday, the team showed some offensive punch in an 83-72 win over Davidson. Jim Larranagas Hurricanes arent that far removed from their own ACC crown, earned two years ago. The team forged its way into the Top-25 with wins in its first eight games of this season. However, Miami has hit a wall of late with losses in three of the last five games. The Hurricanes did end non-conference play on a winning note though, blowing out College of Charleston on Dec. 30, 67-40, to move to 8-3 on the season. Miami holds a 10-6 series advantage against Virginia and are 6-0 in this series at home. Virginia won the last meeting however, a 65-40 decision in February of last year. The Cavaliers had a rare defensive lapse against the explosive Wildcats to close out the calendar year, but were able to fend off Davidson and remain undefeated on the season. The Wildcats shot .482 from the floor against Virginia, but the Cavs used a .567 clip in the second half to come-from-behind and get the win. Anthony Gill was sensational in the victory, recording a double-double with aa career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds. Michael Jordan Jersey. Malcolm Brogdon poured in 16 points, Justin Anderson finished with 14 points and Darion Atkins posted his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in just 18 minutes of work off the bench. The Cavaliers arent nearly as explosive offensively as they showed against Davidson. The team is getting it done with some of the best defensive play in the nation, holding foes to just 48.3 ppg on .326 shooting. The also boasts of a strong +14.4 rebounding margin. Anderson headlines a trio of double-digit scoring averages with his 15.0 ppg. Brogdon is next in line at 13.3 ppg, followed closely by Gills 13.2 ppg. A 6-foot-8 junior, Gill is tops on the team in rebounding (7.2 rpg). Miami plays a tough brand of basketball as well, with defense being the driving force. The Hurricanes are limiting the opposition this season to just 59.7 ppg, while allowing just .401 shooting overall. The team is led by a pair of transfers in guards Sheldon McCLellan (Texas) and Angel Rodriguez (Kansas State). McClellen is shooting a stout .550 from the floor and paces the team with 15.7 ppg. Rodriguez is second in scoring (13.6 ppg) and first in both assists (54) and steals (30). Manu Lecomte (10.2 ppg) completes a deep backcourt. The Hurricanes turned up the heat defensively on the Cougars earlier in the week as the College of Charleston managed to shoot just .296 from the floor overall, including a meager 2-of-14 effort from behind the arc. 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