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Final: Royals 5, Red Sox 4

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  April 21, 2013 06:57 PM

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Final: Royals 5, Red Sox 4: Despite a strong debut from Allen Webster, the Sox fall in the second game of their doubleheader with the Royals, 5-4.

Top of the 10th, Royals 5, Red Sox 4: The Sox are in a hole going into their half of the 10th thanks to Andrew Bailey's two-out, four-pitch, bases-loaded walk to Lorenzo Cain.

Bottom of the ninth, Red Sox 4, Royals 4: Mike Napoli, who has three huge hits already, came to the plate with two on and two out and hit another loud, tall fly ball, but ultimately it fell in Lorenzo Cain's glove in center.

The Sox will play extra's for the second time this season. It's the first time this year that the Royals will need more than nine.

Bottom of the eighth, Red Sox 4, Royals 4: Those screeches as Billy Butler's two-out laser blazed over the Wall? That was Koji Uehara's streaks of 18.1 scoreless innings and 22 scoreless coming to an end.

Butler, who dotted the wall in Game 1 for a single, did more damage, turning on Uehara's fastball for his third home run of the season.

Top of the seventh, Red Sox 4, Royals 3: After six innings, Allen Webster's night ends right on schedule at 84 pitches. He gave up three runs (two earned) struck out five and is in line for the win with Junichi Tazawa on in relief.

Bottom of the fifth, Red Sox 4, Royals 3: Mike Napoli keeps it going with an RBI single to put the Sox back up. It gives him a home run, a double and a single for the night. It's his 38th career three-hit game.

So, obviously about that triple?

He's got seven of them in his eight-year career. One, of course, came this season against the Indians.

Last year, he actually hit two in the same season. Weirdly, they were on consecutive days (May 10 and 11).

Top of the fifth, Red Sox 3, Royals 1: The Royals had their way with Webster's fastball. First George Kottaras took him for a ride. Then, after Webster struck out Elliot Johnson, Alex Gordon sent one to the Monster seats.

Still, Webster's been solid. The damage done by the home runs was minimal. He's struck out five over five innings and he's kept the Sox in the game.

Bottom of the fourth, Red Sox 3, Royals 1: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain couldn't have been more visibly upset after some confusion with left fielder Alex Gordon turned a routine Mike Carp fly ball into a "Not Top Play." But the consolation was that the Sox weren't able to capitalize.

Consecutive groundouts by David Ross and Pedro Ciriaco left Carp stranded at third and made Gordon's error irrelevant.

Bottom of the third, Red Sox 3, Royals 1: Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a leadoff double.

When Dustin Pedroia drove him in with a one-out single, that made it seven straight games with a run scored for Ellsbury.

Mike Napoli sent another golden arch out to center for a double, but ended up in an inning ending 4-2-5-2-6 pickle.

Bottom of the second, Red Sox 2, Royals 1: Mike Napoli tatted 2-and-1 slider over the Wall and to the parking deck across Lansdowne to knot the game up.

The Sox took the lead when Mike "All He Hits Is Doubles" Carp's served up his usual and drove in Jarrod Saltalamacchia with a two-bagger. Of Carp's five hits this season, three are doubles.

Top of the second, Royals 1, Red Sox 0: Aside from Alex Gordon's double and Jeff Francoeur's pop up to second, it's been all ground balls and strikeouts for Allen Webster.

He's at 27 pitches. In his two starts for Pawtucket this season, threw 85 and 84 pitches.

Top of the first, Royals 1, Red Sox 0: Pedro Ciriaco committed the first error by a Red Spx infielder this season and it was costly. After making a diving stop on Alcides Escobars, he came up to make a tough throw but sailed it into the Sox's dugout.

Alex Gordon, who led the game off with a double, was allowed to score on the error, giving the Royals another early lead.

The Sox are 2-5 when opponents score first.

Pregame: The Sox dropped the first game of today's twinbill and will try to bounce back with 23-year-old Allen Webster on the mound.

Even though it's spot duty, there's a a fair amount of anticipation around this start with Webster being arguably the best pitching prospect in the Sox system.

Sox starters have been solid all year, and in a pinch (and with an extra roster spot), the Sox decided this was the time to give Webster his chance.

Enjoy the game. Feel free to comment.

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