End of game: Royals 3, Red Sox 1
It’s over. Finally. And it certainly wasn’t pretty. We’ll have more coverage in tomorrow’s Globe about the apparent missed suicide squeeze, a base-running blunder or two, and the depleted bullpen. Oh, and Jon Lester returned from the disabled list, too!
The loss snapped the Red Sox’ season-high nine-game winning streak at Fenway Park.
End of 14th: Royals 3, Red Sox 1
Joakim Soria in to close this out. He struck Crawford out for the first out. Reddick hit a ground-rule double that bounced into the Sox’ bullpen. Saltalamacchia struck out and Scutaro struck out looking to end the game. Only 4 hours and 28 minutes later…
Middle of 14th: Royals 3, Red Sox 1
Hosmer led off with a double down the left-field line. Francoeur singled to center, moving Hosmer to third. Aviles then popped a bunt over the head of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, which scored Hosmer. Pena singled to left, moving Francoeur to third.
Escobar hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Francoeur. The inning ended with Getz grounding into a fielder’s choice.
End of 13th: Red Sox 1, Royals 1
Ellsbury worked a full-count walk to lead off the inning. Pedroia flied out to right. Gonzalez singled to right, but Francoeur bobbled the ball just enough so Ellsbury went all the way to third on the play. Navarro popped out, and Ortiz grounded out to second. Wasted opportunity there.
Middle of 13th: Red Sox 1, Royals 1
Randy Williams in to pitch. [Hmm … optioning Kyle Weiland before this game is sort of backfiring, eh?]
Getz struck out. Gordon walked. Cabrera grounded into a fielder’s choice. Butler did the same.
End of 12th: Red Sox 1, Royals 1
Louis Coleman in to pitch. Reddick led off with a single up the middle. Saltalamacchia flied out to left. Coleman’s pickoff attempt was wild, and Reddick advanced to third.
Someone must have missed a sign on the next play — Reddick took off on the pitch as if expecting a suicide squeeze, but Scutaro didn’t even square. Reddick was tagged out. Scutaro then singled and got thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Not pretty.
Middle of 12th: Red Sox 1, Royals 1
Francoeur walked, and he advanced to second on an Aviles sacrifice bunt down the first-base line. Pena struck out, and Escobar grounded out to end the inning.
End of 11th: Red Sox 1, Royals 1
Pedroia grounded out. Gonzalez doubled off the Green Monster. Navarro then struck out. Gonzalez advanced to second on a wild pitch during Ortiz’s at-bat. Ortiz was intentionally walked.
With two on, two out, and a full count, Crawford struck out to end the inning.
Middle of 11th: Red Sox 1, Royals 1
Cabrera singled to lead off the inning. After Morales got Butler and Hosmer both to fly out to left, he was taken out in favor of righthander Dan Wheeler.
End of 10th: Red Sox 1, Royals 1
1-2-3 inning for new Royals pitcher Greg Holland. Yawn.
Middle of 10th: Red Sox 1, Royals 1
Franklin Morales came in to pitch, and he got a 1-2-3 inning.
End of 9th: Red Sox 1, Royals 1
Gonzalez struck out. Yamaico Navarro (who replaced Youkilis after the seventh inning) then singled to right. Ortiz singled up the middle, and Navarro advanced to third on the play. Crawford struck out. Reddick flied out. Extras!
Update: Youkilis left the game with right hamstring tightness.
Middle of 9th: Red Sox 1, Royals 1
Jonathan Papelbon in for the Sox. 1-2-3 inning for him.
End of 8th: Red Sox 1, Royals 1
Aaron Crow in to pitch. Scutaro popped out to the catcher. Ellsbury singled to left. Pedroia then hit into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Middle of 8th: Red Sox 1, Royals 1
Daniel Bard in to pitch for the Sox. Cabrera singled, but not much else happened. Bard’s scoreless streak is up to 25 consecutive innings.
End of 7th: Red Sox 1, Royals 1
Tim Collins in for the Royals. He got Crawford to ground out to second and Reddick to fly out to left center. Saltalamacchia grounded out to third to end the inning.
Middle of 7th: Red Sox 1, Royals 1
1-2-3 inning for Albers.
End of 6th: Red Sox 1, Royals 1
1-2-3 inning for the Royals. The Red Sox’ 3-4-5 hitters went down in order.
Middle of 6th: Red Sox 1, Royals 1
Cabrera singled to left, then scored on Butler’s double. Butler tried to advance to third on the throw to the plate, but he got thrown out sliding into third.
After Lester walked Hosmer, Red Sox manager Terry Francona pulled Lester (pitch count was at 89). Matt Albers entered the game. He struck out Francoeur and got Aviles to pop out to end the inning.
End of 5th: Red Sox 1, Royals 0
Reddick struck out swinging to start the inning. Saltalamacchia then singled to right, and Scutaro followed with a single of his own.
Ellsbury and Pedroia both flied out to right for the final outs of the inning.
Middle of 5th: Red Sox 1, Royals 0
Escobar walked. Getz flied out to center. Lester caught Escobar trying to steal for the second out. Lester struck out Gordon (for a third time) to end the inning.
End of 4th: Red Sox 1, Royals 0
Youkilis flied out to center. Ortiz singled, but got thrown out in a strike-’em-out-throw-’em-out double play. (Crawford struck out.)
Middle of 4th: Red Sox 1, Royals 0
Butler singled to left to lead off the inning. Hosmer then singled up the middle. Aviles popped out to Saltalamacchia. Lester got Pena to ground out to third to escape the inning without any runners crossing the plate.
End of 3rd: Red Sox 1, Royals 0
Scutaro grounded out to short. Ellsbury struck out. Pedroia then singled to right, extending his career-high hit streak to 22 games. Gonzalez flied out to center for the third out.
Middle of 3rd: Red Sox 1, Royals 0
Chris Getz grounded out to second. Gordon struck out (his second K of the night). Cabrera struck out, too. Nice 1-2-3 inning for Lester.
End of 2nd: Red Sox 1, Royals 0
Kevin Youkilis flied out to right. David Ortiz walked. Carl Crawford then hit into a fielder’s choice, which wiped Ortiz out at second. During Josh Reddick’s at-bat, Crawford stole second base. On the next pitch, Reddick doubled to right-center, scoring Crawford. Salty struck out to end the inning.
Middle of 2nd: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
Hosmer led off with a single to right. Jeff Francoeur flied out to shallow right field. During Mike Aviles’s at-bat, Hosmer stole second. Aviles struck out. Brayan Pena reached on an infield single — really a spectacular stop by Marco Scutaro at short that saved a run.
Alcides Escobar grounded out to second to end the inning.
End of 1st: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
1-2-3 inning for Royals starter Kyle Davies. Jacoby Ellsbury grounded out to short, Dustin Pedroia grounded out to Davies, and Adrian Gonzalez struck out swinging.
Middle of 1st: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
After a 2-hour-and-21-minute rain delay, Red Sox starter Jon Lester took the mound. He struck out Alex Gordon to start the game. Melky Cabrera singled to right.
Lester struck out Billy Butler, and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw out Cabrera trying to steal second during Eric Hosmer’s at-bat. Not a bad start for Lester.