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Bad night for Red Sox dulls the momentum

There’s not a lot to say about tonight’s game.

“I feel bad for the guys out there,” Tim Wakefield said. “It’s embarrassing.”

It sure was. The Royals finished with 20 hits, their most ever at Fenway Park and most overall since July 9, 2005 against the Twins. Every starter scored at least one run and had at least one hit.

The last three hitters in their order — Mitch Maier, Yuniesky Betancourt and Jason Kendall — were 8 of 14 with seven RBI.

The nine earned runs were the most Wakefield has ever allowed while a member of the Red Sox. He gave up nine against the Reds on July 2, 1993 while playing for the Pirates.

So much for the momentum generated on the road trip. When the starting pitching stinks like it has the last two nights, momentum means little.

“I guess that’s how the game goes. You feel like you’re on top of your game and you get crap like that. That’s why you’ve got to get a fresh mind. You’ve got to come back and fight,” David Ortiz said.

At least Bill Hall looked good. He hit 89 and said he had a good curve the Sox wouldn’t get him throw. He pitched in high school and always wanted to see what he could do in the majors.

Then there’s Dustin Pedroia. He was 0 for 5 and is 9 of 60 (.150) with two RBI in the last 15 games. He denied speculation that his right knee is bothering him.

“That’s nothing. There’s nothing wrong with my knee,” he said. “I don’t make excuses for my play. I play hard every day. … I can guarantee you that I won’t end the year hitting .260 or whatever the [expletive] I’m hitting now. I can guarantee that and I don’t guarantee a lot. … I work more than anybody in baseball, that’s a fact, too. I’ll definitely put the time in and make sure that I have a great year.”


So there you have it.

Zack Greinke tomorrow night. It’s not going to get any easier.

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