Bottom 9th: Royals 12, Red Sox 5
Game over. Sox lose second straight with poor outing from Tim Wakefield (3-2/3 innings, nine runs, 12 hits). There were 37,945 on hand, less than a third on hand at the end.
Top 9th: Royals 12, Red Sox 5
Bill Hall is pitching and most of the fans have left and won’t see it. Update: Hall has a 1-2-3 inning, three ground balls. He hit 88 consistently on radar gun and got one up to 89. Nice job.
Top 8th: Royals 12, Red Sox 5
Twenty hits for the Royals, most ever in franchise history at Fenway. MItch Maier hit a two-run homer after Callapso doubled off Okajima. This is awful.
Top 7th: Royals 10, Red Sox 5
Good outing for Atchison who was added to the roster when Jacoby Ellsbury was placed on DL. Atchison went 2-1/3 innings, no runs, four hits. He’s given way to Ramon Ramirez in the 7th. Update: A Ramon Ramirez wild pitch allowed the 10th run to score. Podsednik led off with a double and advanced to third on DeJesus’ ground out.
Top 5th: Royals 9, Red Sox 5
Royals had two on and one out but Guillen grounded into a 5-4-3 DP started by Beltre. If Atchison can keep it status quo, Sox have a chance to come back in this one.
BTop 4th: Royals 9, Red Sox 5
D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R: Wake out of there after a 7-run inning capped off by a grand slam by shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt on an 0-1 pitch. Wakefield was allowed to stay in way too long. Wakefield didn’t have good movement on the k-ball tonight. Stuff was hanging there. Royals score three to tie five straight hits to start the inning with runs being knocked in bby Aviles and Dejesus (three hits; would be a great pickup for a team needing an outfielder). After Wake secured a couple of outs, he tossed a wild pitch scoring the tying run. His line: 3-2/3 innings, 12 hits, nine runs, three walks, one strikeout. Scott Atchison on to relieve with two outs.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 5, Royals 2
V-Mart answers with a two-run bomb, his 7th, on a 2-0 pitch into Sox pen with Youk (yet another walk) aboard.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 3, Royals 2
Adrian Beltre should have turned a double-play on a grounder to third hit by Alberto Callaspo on which he got the force at third but then had an eternity to plant himself and make a good throw to first. But he elected to throw off-balance to first and threw wide of Kevin Youkilis. It cost Wakefield a run when Mitch Maier singled in the second run of the inning. Aviles led off the inning with a single to left and scored on DeJesus’ double to left.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 3, Royals 0
Nice start for Sox with three runs off Kyle Davies. David Ortiz, who had attended former Dodgers and Astros hurler Jose Lima’s funeral earlier in the day in New York, singled to left field, beating the shift, to knock in Marco Scutaro who led off the inning with a double into the left field corner. After Kevin Youkilis walked, Victor Martinez stroked a double to rightcenter that rolled all the way into the triangle, but was only able to hobble into second base because of a sore toe. It scored two runs. By the way, the walk was his 30th in May joining Ted Williams (three timesd) and Carl Yastrzemski (once) as the only Sox players to have walked 30 or more times in the month of May.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
Tim Wakefield retired the Royals in the top of the first, allowing a two-out single to David DeJesus. Great night here at Fenway with game time temp 65 degrees.