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Final: Red Sox 5, Royals 1

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  August 27, 2012 01:39 PM

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Final: Red Sox 5, Royals 1: Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched a gem, allowing no earned runs in seven innings with six strikeouts and two walks while Cody Ross drove in three runs as the Red Sox head out west with some momentum. The Royals scored an unearned run in the first and nothing else. The Red Sox countered with a Jacoby Ellsbury home run in the first and added two in the third on a Ross two-run single and two more in the sixth.

Bottom of 8th, Red Sox 5, Royals 1: Red Sox go down quietly, although James Loney ended the inning with a well-struck liner to deep left.

Top of 8th, Red Sox 5, Royals 1: Clayton Mortensen comes on to relieve Daisuke Matsuzaka and proceeds to allow consecutive one-out singles, prompting Bobby Valentine to go with Vicente Padilla, who ends the trouble by getting Salvador Perez to ground into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.

Bottom of 7th, Red Sox 5, Royals 1: Luke Hochevar stays in the game and induces consecutive ground balls before a Scott Podnesnik single. Dustin Pedroia ends the inning with a grounder to shortstop.

Top of 7th, Red Sox 5, Royals 1: Dice-K has tossed seven sparkling innings, allowing one run and five hits with six strikeouts and two walks. He allowed a one-out single to Eris Hosmer but struck out Johnny Giovotella while Jarrod Dyson flied out into the left-field corner. Matsuzaka has thrown 101 pitches.

Bottom of 6th, Red Sox 5, Royals 1: Luke Hochevar still can't solve Cody Ross, who belts a double off the Green Monster to score Jacoby Ellsbury, who doubled. Ross now has three RBIs while Ellsbury has a home run, double and has scored two runs. James Loney follows Ross with a dunker over shortstop to score Ross for his second RBI for the Red Sox.

Top of 6th, Red Sox 3, Royals 1: When it appeared that Dice-K was ready to relent runs, he responded by getting two significant outs to end a KC threat. After Alex Gordon doubled and Billy Butler walked, Salvador Perez laced a lazy fly ball to right field. With runners at the corners and two out. Matsuzaka struck out Mike Moustakas to end the inning.

Bottom of 5th, Red Sox 3, Royals 1: Luke Hochevar has now retired six straight batters since the Red Sox two-run third. He gets Mike Aviles to bounce out to third, strikes out Pedro Ciriaco and then gets Scott Podsednik to ground to first to end the inning. Hochevar has four strikeouts and one walk.

Top of 5th, Red Sox 3, Royals 1: Dice-K strikes out Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer -- his third and fourth strikeouts -- before a Green Monster double by Johhny Giovotella. Jarrod Dyson grounds out to first base to end the threat.

Bottom of 4th, Red Sox 3, Royals 1: Red Sox go down quietly in order, after James Loney pops out to short, Jarrod Saltalamacchia bounces out to first and Mauro Gomez fouls out to catcher.

Top of 4th, Red Sox 3, Royals 1: Matsuzaka is working on a solid start, getting the first two out before a Salvador Perez single. Pedro Ciriaco made a nice bare-handed grab of a Mike Moustakas grounder for the third out.

Bottom of 3rd, Red Sox 3, Royals 1: After Pedro Ciriaco struck out, Scott Podsednik and Dustin Pedroia follow with consecutive singles. Jacoby Ellsbury flies to deep left field but both runners eventually advance on a passed ball during Cody Ross' at-bat. Ross follows with a shot that caroms off the top of the Green Monster, scoring two runs. Ross was thrown out trying to reach second base.

Top of 3rd, Royals 1, Red Sox 1 Matsuzaka continues to remain steady, allowing only a single to Johnny Giovotella, who reached second on a wild pitch with two out. Alcides Escobar left Giovotella stranded with a routine fly ball to right field.

Bottom of 2nd, Royals 1, Red Sox 1 Luke Hochevar induces James Loney to line out to shortstop and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to foul out to third before walking Mauro Gomez. Mike Aviles ends the inning with a broken-bat grounder to third.

Top of 2nd, Royals 1, Red Sox 1 Matsuzaka is beginning to calm down, retiring the side in order, helped by a nice running catch from shortstop Mike Aviles on a Salvador Perez pop-up in foul territory. Jacoby Ellisbury follows with a catch near the left-center field wall of a Lorenzo Cain liner to end the inning.

Bottom of 1st, Royals 1, Red Sox 1 Scott Podsednik begins the Red Sox half of the inning with a strikeout and Dustin Pedroia is robbed of extra bases on a marvelous catch by center fielder Jarrod Dyson, who practically climbed the ball to make the grab. Jacoby Ellsbury follows with a solo homer, his second, that crawled over the short-right field fence near Pesky Pole to even the game.

Top of 1st, Royals 1, Red Sox 0 Daisuke Matsuzaka begins the game by walking Jarrod Dyson, who takes exactly one pitch to steal second and advance to third on Dustin Pedroia allowing the late throw to roll into shallow center field. One out later, Dyson scored on a sacrifice line out by Alex Gordon. Billy Butler ended the frame with a fly ball to center field.

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