Game over: Royals 9, Red Sox 4r
Tim Wakefield left with a 4-3 lead in the sixth and the bullpen simply blew up. That was the story of this game. The Sox went down in order in the 9th with Adrian Gonzalez (0-for-5) striking out to end the game. The Sox never scored after the sixth inning.
Time of game was 2:54
Bottom 8th: Royals 9, Red Sox 4
Dan Wheeler was let out of the witness protection program to pitch the eighth. He allowed
Alex Gordon's 500th career hit, but that was all.
Top 8th: Royals 9, Red Sox 4
One of the bright spots tonight is Carl Crawford with his second hit off lefty Tim Collins from Worcester. Nothing came of it as righty Greg Holland retired the next two batters. Crawford had been in a 2-for-23 funk before tonight.
Bottom 7th: Royals 9, Red Sox 4
Quiet inning for Royals, go down 1-2-3 to Morales.
Top 7th: Royals 9, Red Sox 4
Sox can't get anything back. Pedroia reached on an infield single to shortstop with two outs, but Reddick made the final out.
Bottom 6th: Royals 9, Red Sox 4
Tim Wakefield will have to make a sixth attempt for his 200th win. He was lifted with one out after surrendering two runs on three straight hits. With one out, Hosmer singled to center and scored on Francouer's double to deep center. Moustakas then doubled to deep right scoring Francouer.
Wakefield was lifted here for Matt Albers. The chunky Sox reliever walked Perez and then allowd the game-tying single to Chris Getz. All of those runs were charged to Wakefield, but Albers, who has now allowed runs in four of his last five outings, gave up a 2-run double to Alex Gordon and an RBI single to Melky Cabrera as the Royals just blistered Boston pitching.
Albers was left out to walk Butler intentionally. Terry Francona opted for lefty Franklin Morales to pitch to Hosmer. More disaster. Hosmer sent one to the rightcenter gap scoring two more runs as the rout was on.
Morales finally got the third out, striking out Francouer. But not before eight Royals runs scored.
Last two outings for Albers: 1-2/3 innings, 6 Hits, 8 runs.
Top 6th: Red Sox 4, Royals 1
Ryan Lavarnway drove in Jarrod Saltalamacchia (double) with a run, the rookie DH's first major league RBI. Heckuva throw from center from Melky Cabrera. These three outfielder's have collectively the best arms in baseball. Fun to watch Alex Gordon, Cabrera and Jeff Francouer throw.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 3, Royals 1
There always seems to be some mishap behind Wakefield. He had two outs and he threw a flyball to rightcenter where Josh Reddick converged on a ball that should have been caught. Reddick made a diving attempt and couldn't get to it. Wakefield got out of it on Melky Cabrera's ground ball to shortstop.
Top 5th: Red Sox 3, Royals 1
A-Gon, Pedroia and Reddick go down in order against Felipe Paulino.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 3, Royals 1
Jeff Francouer reached on an infield single to third, but was thrown out trying to steal by Saltalamacchia. Wakefield did the rest and has a lead after four.
Top 4th: Red Sox 3, Royals 1
The Red Sox rallied here with two runs. After Pedroia and Reddick started the inning with singles to center, Carl Crawford drove in a run with a single up the middle. Lavarnway reached on an infield hit to third base and McDonald got the second run in with a long sacrifice fly to right field.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 1, Royals 1
Alcides Escobar started a rally with a single to center. After Wakefield retired the next two batters, Billy Butler stroked a two-out double to right which got by a diving Josh Reddick, to tie it up.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 1, Royals 0
It all started with a Ryan Lavarnway walk. After Darnell McDonald advanced him to second with a bunt single to third base, Marco Scutaro, batting leadoff, knocked into a 4-6-3 double play to score Lavarnway.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
Wakefield allowed a single to Mark Moustakas, but that was all.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
The Red Sox went down in order as Josh Reddick (fly out), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (strike out swinging) and Carl Crawford (grounded out) went down quickly.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
Tim Wakefield, going for his 200th win for the fifth time, allowed a two-out single to Billy Butler, but retired Eric Hosmer for the final out.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
Mike Aviles reached on a fielders choice, got to second on an error and advanced to third on a ground ball out by Adrian Gonzalez, but the Sox couldn't score him.