Final: Red Sox 8, Royals 6: The Red Sox earned at least a split of this four-game series against the Royals with an 8-6 victory Sunday before a Fenway Park crowd of 37,188.
Felix Doubront, activated from the disabled list (right knee contusion) Saturday, went five innings and allowed four runs on six hits, including a three-run homer by Lorenzo Cain in the fourth.
Pedro Beato picked up the win in his Sox debut after being acquired from the New York Mets in a trade for Kelly Shoppach.
Pedro Ciriaco and Dustin Pedroia each homered while newcomer James Loney, acquired Saturday in the blockbuster nine-player trade with the Dodgers, recorded an RBI single in the fifth that enabled the Sox to tie it, 4-4. The Sox tacked on a run in the sixth and two more in the fifth, which provided the buffer they needed to withstand a two-run eruption by the Royals in the eighth.
Pedroia's solo homer (12th of the season) gave the Sox a needed insurance run. Mark Melancon came on in the ninth and recorded his first save of the season.
Top of 8th: Red Sox 8, Royals 6: Laser Show! Pedroia hammered a 1-and-0 pitch from Louis Coleman for a leadoff solo homer to the Green Monster seats that gave the Sox some breathing room. It was Pedroia's 12th homer of the season.
Coleman got out of the inning when he struck out the next three batters he faced. Mark Melancon was summoned to close out the game in the ninth.
Top of 8th: Red Sox 7, Royals 6: Beato scuffled when he gave up back-to-back singles to Butler and Perez before walking Francoeur to load the bases for Johnny Giavotella. Craig Breslow inherited the potentially flammable situation from Beato.
Breslow struck out Giavotella, got Hosmer to fly to right on a sacrifice fly (that scored Butler from third) before giving up an RBI single to Abreu that cut it to 7-6 and put runners on the corners with two outs.
Breslow got out of the innning when he came back from a 3-and-0 count to strike out Cain looking at an 84 slider.
Bottom of 7th: Red Sox 7, Royals 4: The Sox got an insurance run when Scott Podsednik came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded and reached on a fielding error by Alcides Escobar (his second of the game). It allowed Cody Ross, who reached on a leadoff single to center off reliever Jeremy Jeffress, to score from third.
With the bases still loaded, Ciriaco chopped a hit-and-run infield single and beat out the throw from third to allow Lavarnway to score from third, making it 7-4. It left the bases loaded for Jacoby Ellsbury, who came in to face Francisley Bueno, who entered the game in relief of Jeffress (0.2 IP, 2 R/0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K) and got Ellsbury to pop up to first to get out of the inning.
Top of 7th: Red Sox 5, Royals 4: Beato got two quick outs before allowing Alex Gordon to reach on a single to short. But catcher Ryan Lavarnway threw out Gordon as he attempted to steal second to end the inning.
Bottom of 6th: Red Sox 5, Royals 4: Jacoby Ellsbury chased Tim Collins, who relieved Will Smith (5 IP, 5 R, 9H, 2 BB, 1 K) in the sixth, after ripping an RBI single over the first baseman's head to score Mauro Gomez, who reached on a fielding error by shortstop Alcides Escobar, with the go-ahead run.
RHP Aaron Crow entered in relief of Collins and got Dustin Pedroia to hit a chopper back to the mound to end the inning.
Top of 6th: Royals 4, Red Sox 4: Beato, an imposing specimen on the mound, submitted a nice 1-2-3 inning in his Fenway Park debut in relief of Doubront. Beato struck out Abreu with a 93 fastball to end the inning.
Bottom of 5th: Royals 4, Red Sox 4: A lot of fireworks in the bottom of the fifth, beginning with Pedro Ciriaco's solo homer to left that pulled the Sox within 1. After Jacoby Ellsbury singled to right, Dustin Pedroia was called out at first after hitting a hard groundball to third that was bobbled by Royals third baseman Tony Abreu.
Although TV replays clearly showed Pedroia had beaten Abreu's throw to first, first base umpire Dan Bellino called Pedroia out, which drew an immediate (and heated) protest from manager Bobby Valentine, who was ejected for the fifth time this season. The Fenway Park crowd registered their loud vocal support for their manager when Valentine lit into Bellino before departing the game.
After Ellsbury stole third, Ross walked to put men on the corners for Loney, who delivered an RBI single to center that tied it, 4-4, marking his first hit with the Red Sox.
Pedro Beato was summoned from the bullpen to relieve Duobront (5.0 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR) after he threw 98 pitches (67 strikes).
Top of 5th: Royals 4, Red Sox 2: With Pedro Beato, just called up Sunday from Pawtucket, warming up in the bullpen -- and Andrew Miller, Craig Breslow and Junichi Tazawa all begin to get limber -- Duobront submitted a 1-2-3 inning himself. He struck out Butler for the third time in the game, getting Perez to fly to right, and Francoeur to ground out to third to end the inning.
Bottom of 4th: Royals 4, Red Sox 2: Smith got three groundball outs to retire the Sox in 1-2-3 fashion.
Top of 4th: Royals 4, Red Sox 2: With two outs, the Royals rallied for four runs on four consecutive hits. Lorenzo Cain delivered the crushing blow with his 3-run homer off Doubront to give the Royals a 4-2 lead. Doubront, who had been activated from the 15-day DL (right knee contusion) Saturday, had thrown 84 pitches through the first four innings, having thrown three scoreless frames before allowing four in the fourth.
Bottom of 3d: Red Sox 2, Royals 0: Duobront preserved the shutout after he got out of a jam and struck out Butler (this time, swinging) with men on the corners to end the inning.
Top of 3d: Red Sox 2, Royals 0: The Sox went down in 1-2-3 fashion with Loney again providing the final out of the inning on his groundball out to second.
Bottom of 2d: Red Sox 2, Royals 0: Mike Aviles belted a towering RBI double off the wall of Will Smith, scoring Mauro Gomez (walk) from first to give the Sox a 2-0 lead. The Sox threatened to tack on another run when Scott Podsednik reached on an infield single to short, putting men on the corners. Both were stranded, however, when Ciriaco and Ellsbury hit flyball outs to end the inning.
Top of 2d: Red Sox 1, Royals 0: After Salvador Perez led off with a single to the gap between third and short, which eluded Ciriaco's outstretched glove, Doubront retired the next three batters he faced. He sandwiched a pair of strikeouts of Jeff Francoeur (swinging) and Eric Hosmer (looking) around a fly to center by Johnny Giavotella.
Bottom of 1st: Red Sox 1, Royals 0: Cody Ross ripped an RBI single to left, scoring Pedro Ciriaco from third after he singled and advanced on Dustin Pedroia's one-out double down the line to shallow right. James Loney, making his Fenway debut with the Red Sox after being acquired from the Dodgers Saturday along with a pair of minor leaguers and a pair of players to be named later, wound up hitting into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Top of 1st: Royals 0, Red Sox 0: Little in the way of issues for Doubront, who struck out DH Billy Butler (looking) to end the inning after allowing one hit.
Pregame Welcome to Fenway Park where the Red Sox host the Kansas City Royals in the third game of this four-game series. LHP Felix Doubront (10-6, 4.70) will take the mound and oppose LHP Will Smith (4-5, 5.40).
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