Game over: Red Sox 8, Royals 3
Zack Greinke started a game and the Red Sox ended up with eight runs? Yes. The three-game losing streak is over and the Sox will try for the series tomorrow with Clay Buchholz opposing Gil Meche.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 8, Royals 3
Varitek homered again, again to right field. After Ellsbury singled, Pedroia crunched one over the fence in left. That's five homers for the Sox tonight and 12 hits in all.
With the game in end, Papelbon sits down and Ramon Ramirez is on to pitch.
Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 5, Royals 3
The Sox added what could be a big run when Youkilis homered to center off Dusty Hughes. Now Okajima gets the call with nobody warming up behind him.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 4, Royals 3
Beckett ended the inning. Now the question becomes who pitches the 8th?
Bottom of the 7th: Red Sox 4, Royals 3
Rocky inning for Beckett. Guillen started it with a double (the fourth double Beckett has allowed) before Kendall singled. With runners on the corners, Betancourt grounded into a double play.
A run scored, but the Sox happily took the two outs in trade. But Gets singled, stole second and scored on a rocket up the middle of the bat of DeJesus that appeared to nick Beckett on the back of the head going by.
The Sox are hoping Beckett can end the inning before they have to use their combustible bullpen.
Top of of the 7th: Red Sox 4, Royals 1
Greinke is finished after 108 pitches. Dusty Hughes in.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 4, Royals 1
The Sox are beating Zack Greinke like an old rug on a clothesline. Well, almost. After Scutaro was hit by a pitch, he scored on a double to the gap in right by Ellsbury. Then Pedroia delivered a sacrifice fly. The Sox have eight hits off Greinke in 6.2 innings. Ain't so bad.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Royals 1
The last time Greinke allowed back-to-back home runs was Aori 18, 2005 in KC when Casey Blake and Ben Broussard did it for Cleveland.
Meanwhile, Beckett is working on a four-hitter and has worked around hits in each of the last two innings. He was at 61 pitches after five innings, very economical.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Royals 1
The Sox had a chance for more. But with Scutaro on second and Pedroia on first after being hit by a pitch, Martinez grounded into a double play for the third straight game.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Royals 1
The Sox strike on successive pitches as Jeremy Hermida crushes one to the back wall of the KC bullpen then Jason Varitek sneaks one over the fence the same way. Now Marco Scutaro had singled and stolen second base.
Top of the 5th: Royals 1, Red Sox 0
Not much has changed here at Kauffman Stadium. Each team has three hits.
Top of the 4th: Royals 1, Red Sox 0
Joe West would approve of this game as the Royals go in order Beckett also has retired seven straight.
Middle of the 3rd: Royals 1, Red Sox 0
Greinke has that Roy Halladay thing going where he's not overpowering but he's getting the hitters to swing at the pitches he wants them to swing at and they're not doing much with them.
Scutaro and Ellsbury popped to center and Pedroia grounded to second. Greinke has retired seven straight.
Top of the 3rd: Royals 1, Red Sox 0
Beckett retired the side in order, getting two grounders and striking out Getz.
Middle of the 2nd: Royals 1, Red Sox 0
The Sox went peacefully as Lowell and Hermida grounded out and Varitek struck out looking on a 3-2 breaking pitch.
Top of the 2nd: Royals 1, Red Sox 0
Beckett needed six pitches to get the first two outs. Then the trouble started. Callaspo doubled and Butler walked before Ankiel (5 for 5, 4 RBI in the series) singled to right to drive in a run. Guillen grounded out to end the inning.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
Youkilis had a two-out single to put runners on first and second. But Drew popped to right as the Red Sox fell to 7 of 38 with runners in scoring position this season.
Much bigger crowd here tonight than the grim turnout of 21,091 they had last night.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
Beautiful night in Kansas City for a baseball game. First pitch at 6:11 local time and Jacoby Ellsbury leads off with a single to left. Enjoy the game.