Game over: Royals 9, Red Sox 6: A six-run sixth inning by the Royals did the Red Sox in tonight. Jake Peavy wasn't at his best, while the Sox bullpen that relieved Peavy was also off kilter. All-Star reliever Greg Holland retired the Red Sox in the 9th to record his 31st save and 24th consecutive save. The game was played in 3:25 before 29,485 at Kauffman Stadium.
Bottom 8th: Royals 9, Red Sox 6 - Craig Breslow came on. Hosmer singled but was wiped out by Butler's double-play grounder. Alex Gordon singled to right.Breslow uncorked a wild pitch with Maxwell up advancing the runner to second. but he struck Maxwell out to send this into the 9th.
Top 8th: Royals 9, Red Sox 6 - The Red Sox had a chance to cut the gap a little here but came up empty. Ellsbury and Victorino walked against lefty Tim Collins, but Pedroia knocked into a double-play. David Ortiz had a chance to knock in a run, but he popped out to end the inning.
Bottom 7th: Royals 9, Red Sox 6 - George Kottaras singled off Mike Napoli and then Dustin Pedroia, but Pedro Beato was able to prevent an extension of the lead.
Top 7th: Royals 9, Red Sox 6 - Mike Napoli singled to leadoff the inning, but the Sox were retired after that.
Bottom 6th: Royals 9, Red Sox 6 - The Royals scored six runs against Jake Peavy and the Red Sox bullpen to retake the lead. Peavy allowed three straight hits to Justin Maxwell, Mike Moustakas and an RBI single to Alcides Escobar. Peavy's night was over.
On came rookie lefty Drake Britton who walked George Kottaras, but got pinch-hitter Miguel Tejada to foul out to first base. But leadoff hitter David Lough hit a hard line drive sacrifice fly to right scoring yet another run before Eric Hosmer singled between the 5-6 hole to account for two more runs. Pedro Beato was next. He allowed an RBI double to Billy Butler, walked Alex Gordon and allowed an RBI single to Justin Maxwell.
Top 6th: Red Sox 6, Royals 3 - The Red Sox were three-up, three-down.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 6, Royals 3 - The Royals stroked two hits (Hosmer and Butler) off Peavy, but Gordon knocked into an inning-ending double-play.
Top 5th: Red Sox 6, Royals 3 - A leadoff single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia went for naught.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 6, Royals 3 - Peavy holds the status quo with a 1-2-3 inning.
Top 4th: Red Sox 6, Royals 3 - Nothing like a two-out rally. This game was deadlocked against Ervin Santana until Pedroia and Ortiz singled and Nava was hit with a pitch to load the bases. Mike Napoli didn't disappoint this time. He doubled to deep center to clear the bases. That was the end of Santana's night.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 3, Royals 3 - Alex Gordon homered to straightaway center vs. Peavy. Ellsbury then made a great leaping catch against the CF wall to rob Mike Moustakas of extra bases.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 3, Royals 2 - David Ortiz homered, his 22nd on a 3-2 count. The Red Sox rallied for another run with two outs. Mike Napoli was hit with a pitch. Stephen Drew singled and Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled just inside the first base bag, scoring the go-ahead run.
Bottom 2nd: Royals 2, Red Sox 1 - Justin Maxwell homered to left off Peavy to tie it. Peavy couldn't end it right there. With one out, Alcides Escobar singled, former Red Sox catcher George Kottaras walked. With two outs, leadoff hitter David Lough singled up the middle scoring Escobar.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 1, Royals 0 - Santana got the first two outs but then surrendered a single to Jacoby Ellsbury before getting Victorino to fly out to left.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, Royals 0 - Jake Peavy, 5-7 career vs. the Royals, took the mound for his second start for the Red Sox. After he gopt the first two out, Billy Butcler singled to center, but Peavy retired Alex Gordon for the final out.
Top 1st: Red Sox 1, Royals 0 - Shane Victorino singled to center and Dustin Pedroia walked after one out vs. Ervin Santana. After two outs, Daniel Nava singled in Victorino. After Napoli walked, Stephen Drew ended the inning with a ground ball out.