SOX LOSE (11:33, END 9, 12-9 KC)
Joakim Soria made quick work of the ninth — Mike Lowell struck out, Casey Kotchman dribbled to second, and Josh Reddick popped to right.
Playing most of the game in a driving rain storm, the Red Sox lost to the woebegone Royals despite leading 6-0 in the third and 8-2 in the fifth. Tim Wakefield labored through five innings, matching the most walks he has ever allowed as a Red Sox with seven. Manny Delcarmen allowed the game to slip away in the sixth with his second consecutive failed appearance, allowing a walk, three doubles, and four earned runs while recording two outs. Daniel Bard, who was on the mound when Delcarmen’s fourth run scored, took the loss.
Jason Bay hit his third home run in his past three games to set a new career high at 36, but the Red Sox offense could not overcome a night of dreadful pitching.
BOWDEN LOOKS SHARP (11:26, END 8, 12-9 KC)
In his first appearance since Sept. 8, Michael Bowden pitched well, retiring the Royals in order. MIguel Olivo popped out to Lowell, Alex Gordon flied to right, and Yuniesky Betancourt grounded to short.
Soria will try to close it out.
WRIGHT STUFF (11:18, MID 8, 12-9 KC)
Jamey Wright shut down the Red Sox again, this time retiring the heart of their lineup in order. Kevin Youkilis flied to the warning track in right, Bay popped to first, and Ortiz grounded out to second.
Bowden is in the game for Billy Wagner.
SIX OUTS LEFT (11:11, END 7, 12-9 KC)
Wagner struck out Alberto Callaspo to get out of the seventh. Against a bullpen like the Royals’, this game is still very much in question.Youkilis will lead off for the Sox.
ROYALS ADD ON (11:08, BOT 7, 12-9 KC)
Already potentially one of the uglier losses of the Sox’ season, the Royals lead by three. Olivo smacked a two-run double to score Maier, who walked with two outs. The Royals are still in business after Jacobs walked. Michael Bowden is warming in the bullpen.
SOX CAN’T ANSWER (10:56, MID 7, 11-9 KC)
Against new pitcher Jamey Wright, the Sox could not get anything going. Alex Gonzalez flied to center and Ellsbury grounded out to first. Pedroia walked, but Martinez grounded out up the middle.
Billy Wagner will enter and pitch the seventh.
MORE STRUGGLES FOR DELCARMEN, ROYALS LEAD (10:43, END 6, 11-9 KC)
The Royals tied the game with Daniel Bard on the mound, but only after Manny Delcarmen submitted another poor outing. Delcarmen allowed three runs on three doubles and a walk before Francona yanked him with two outs in favor of Bard. Bard allowed a walk and a double by Gordon, which scored another run that was credited to Delcarmen. Yuniesky Betancourt followed with a single to right off of Bard, which scored two runs and gave the Royals an improbable lead.
DELCARMEN ENTERS (10:16, MID 6, 9-5 SOX)
The Sox added another run on a wild pitch. Manny Delcarmen will enter. This is a big outing for him, coming after a shaky ninth inning Saturday night in which he allowed two runs without recording an out. Terry Francona said he needs to keep his rear end under him on the mound and not fly open in his delivery.
Wakefield threw 103 pitches, 59 strikes. He was three shy of his career high in walks — he walked 10 in 1993.
WALKIE WAKE (9:59, END 5, 8-5 SOX)
Wakefield is up to seven walks after he put Gordon on with a knuckler that just missed. With two men on, Yuniesky Betancourt blasted a ball to left. Bay went back and made the catch at the wall, keeping the Sox up three runs when they could have been up one with a man in scoring position. Great play by Bay.
JACK FOR JACOBS (9:53, BOT 5, 8-5)
The Royals are back in it, sort of, after Jacobs blasted a three-run home run. Wakefield walked two more batters, bringing his total tonight to six, before Jacobs launched the first pitch he saw to right.
HALF AN TO GO? (9:46, MID 5, 8-2)
Martinez poked a two-run single to end the inning, which sounds weird but is true because Pedroia ran into an out at third. The real story is the rain. They’ve played the last two innings in a deluge. Three more outs, and it will be in the books.
TWO HITS, ANOTHER RUN (9:29, TOP 4, 6-2 SOX)
Wakefield lost his no-hitter with one out in the fourth, when Miguel Olivo ripped a clean single to center in a driving rain strom. It’s pretty shocking they’re playing at all. Olivio promptly stole second, and Martinez rifled the ball into center, sending Olivo to third. Alex Gordon flared a single to center and scored Olivo.
RAIN RETURNS (9:18, END 3, 6-1 SOX)
Umbrellas and rain slickers are dominating the seats. Actually, emptiness is dominating the seats. But anyway, it’s raining pretty hard again.
PASSED BALL LEADS TO A RUN (9:16, BOT 3, 6-1 SOX)
Wakefield loaded the bases with a walk to Maier. He was about to get out of the inning when he induced an infield pop up by Billy Butler. But with Mike Jacobs batting, a ball squirted past Victor Martinez and rolled to the backstop. Wakefield was able to hustle to the plate on his balky leg, but Anderson scored Kansas City’s first run.
Wakefield struck out Jacobs to end the inning.
SOX POURING IT ON (9:09, BOT 3, 6-0 SOX)
The Red Sox followed Bay’s homer with three more runs, hanging six total in the third inning. Ellsbury delivered a two-run single with the bases loaded, and Pedroia tacked on another run with another single.
Wakefield is still going strong, but he’s run into a patch of trouble. He’s allowed two base runners, both walks here in the third. He’s thrown 44 pitches, 23 strikes. The runners, Josh Anderson and Bloomquist, stole to put two men in scoring position with Mitch Maier at the plate.
BOMBS A-BAY (8:49, TOP 3, 3-0)
Bay opened the scoring with his career-high 36th home run, a three-run blast to left field. That’s his third home run in his past three games — and the first game he only played half of it. Dustin Pedroia (single) and Martinez (walk) scored on the play. There’s one out with David Ortiz batting.
WAKE UP (8:24, END 1, 0-0)
Tim Wakefield, making his first start since Sept. 5, rolled through the first inning with ease. Willie Bloomquist led with a swinging bunt to first base. Kevin Youkilis fielded the ball and tagged out Bloomquist himself. Wakefield didn’t make much of a move to first, but then, he didn’t really have to. Two more groundball outs gave him a quick 1-2-3 inning.
TWO LEFT ON (8:19, MID 1, 0-0)
Kevin Youkilis followed Martinez with an infield single, but both he and Martinez were left on base when Jason Bay grounded out to third.
MARTINEZ STILL STREAKING (8:15, TOP 1, 0-0)
Victor Martinez wasted no time extending his career-long hitting streak. It’s now 20 after his two-out single to center.
GAME ON (8:12, TOP 1, 0-0)
The game started at 7:11 local time, pretty much right on schedule. On Lenny DiNardo’s first pitch, Jacoby Ellsbury grounded out to second.