Game over: Red Sox 4, Royals 3
Jonathan Papelbon saved his 29th game retiring the side in order in the 9th. Papelbon has saved 24 straight games. Time of game was 3:13 before only 20,547 at Kauffman Stadium. Josh Beckett is now 10-5.
Top 9th: Red Sox 4, Royals 3
Ryan Lavarnway debut: 0-for-4. Three outfield outs and a strikeout.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 4, Royals 3
Daniel Bard allows a single but no harm.
Top 8th: Red Sox 4, Royals 3
Adrian Gonzalez now on a 0-for-14 streak. Pedroia, 3 hits and 3 RBI, keeps slamming with a double with two outs. Worcester’s Tim Collins came in to face Josh Reddick
and walked him. But Carl Crawford, who went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts, flew out to left field.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 4, Royals 3
Beckett is back in there. Starts the inning with 102 pitches. Ended it with 110. Pretty econmical. Appears to be done now. Looks like Bard and Papelbon for the end.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 4, Royals 3
Beckett has thrown 102 pitches through six. Not sure they’ll give him one more. Franklin Morales has been up in Sox penbut at the moment nobody up. Beckett put two guys but got out of it.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 4, Royals 3
Mike Moustakas reached on an infield hit and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Escobar, Beckett then bore down and got the next two outs.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Royals 3
Lowrie doubled to right with one out and scored on a two-out single to center by Pedroia, who has three RBIs. Pedroia was thrown out trying to take second by catcher Salvador Perez.
The Sox have eight hits, one fewer than they had in three games against Tampa. They also have one fewer run.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 3, Royals 3
Crawford snapped an 0-for-15 skid with a single to right. He then stole second and third (giving him his first multiple-steal game since April 6) but was thrown out at the plate trying to tag up on a shallow fly ball to center by Aviles.
Melky Cabrera made a nice throw to the plate. All of the Kansas City outfielders have strong arms.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 3, Royals 3
Royals tied it with Alex Gordon’s two-run homer. Alicedes Escobar had reached on an infield hit on a nubber toward first base. Gordon really hit it well.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 3, Royals 1
Dustin Pedroia drove in a pair of runs with a single to center to break the deadlock. Former Royal MIke Aviles singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on Hochevar’s wild pitch. After Elllsbury walked, Lowrie and Gonzales made outs before Pedroia got the clutch hit.
Top 2nd: Royals 1, Red Sox 1
Ryan Lavarnway’s debut: pop to center with Josh Reddick at second base and one out. No matter. The old catcher, Jason Varitek, singled to left field scoring the tying run. Varitek was thrown out at second trying to stretch by Alex Gordon, who now has a whopping 19 outfield assists.
Bottom 1st: Royals 1, Red Sox 0
Josh Beckett allowed a leadoff double to Alex Gordon, who scored on Billy Butler’s sacrifice fly to left after Melky Cabrera moved him along with a bunt.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
Jacoby Ellsbury, about the only guy hitting these days, singled between first and second base to open the game against Luke Hochevar. Ellsbury stole second base with one out and Adrian Gonzalez up. Gonzalez hit a weak roller to first base as Ellsbury moved to third. Cleanup hitter Dustin Pedroia struck out to end the threat.
This was a return to the scene of the crime for Ellsbury, who broke five ribs in a collision in the outfield with third baseman Adrian Beltre in April of last year.