Alfredo Aceves pitched the final 3-2/3 innings to earn a save and preserve a victory for Andrew Miller. The Sox won for the second straight night here before a small crowd of 21,262 at Kauffman Stadium.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s three-run homer in fifth seemed to be all the Red Sox needed to put this one away.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 7, Royals 1
Ellsbury has come out of the game. We’ll see if the HBP he took in the back has stiffened the area.
Top 8th: Red Sox 7, Royals 1
Jacoby Ellsbury took a fastball off the “2” on his back and advanced to third on Mike Aviles’ double to left. ellsbury scored on Adrian Gonzalez’ sac fly, which looked routine, but Alex Gordon, who has a great arm, made it closer than it should have been.
Pedroia’s grounder to shortstop was booted by Escobar allowing another run to score.
Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Royals 1
The Red Sox had two on with two outs, but Ryan Lavarnway struck out to end the inning. Adrian Gonzalez doubled, his third hit of the game, and Lowrie walked.
Top 5th: Red Sox 5, Royals 1
Jarrod Saltalamacchia stroked a three-run homer righthanded off Jeff Francis – his 12th – to extend Boston’s lead. It broke an 0-for-13 streak by Slaty. The Ivy boys – Jed Lowrie and Ryan Lavarnway – singled. It was Lavarnway’s first major league hit, to right field. The ball was retrieved and sent to the Sox dugout.
Top 4th: Red Sox 2, Royals 1
You don’t see the old Carl Crawford-Darnell McDonald combo come through too often. But after Crawford doubled, McDonald tripled to rightcenter to tie it. Ellsbury then hit a sac fly to center to put Boston ahead.
Top 3rd: Royals 1, Red Sox 0
Jacoby Ellsbury made a great running catch to take extra bases from Alex Gordon in rightcenter gap, but Mike Moustakas scored from third on the sacrifice fly after he doubled to lead off the inning.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
Jeff Francouer doubled with one out but Miller escaped by inducing a couple of grounders back to the mound.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
A 1-2-3 inning for the bottom of the Sox order. Poor Darnell McDonald entered the at-bat hitting .167 and grounded out.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
Andrew Miller looks well-rested in retiring the Royals in the first. Miller’s last start was July 31st vs. Chicago, a no decision. He’s also made two relief appearances, giving up two runs in three innings with five strikeouts.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
Adrian Gonzalez broke an 0-for-14 with a two-out double to right field. Royals lefty Jeff Francis had retired the first two Sox hitters (Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Aviles) with ground balls. After clean-up hitter Dustin Pedroia walked, Jed Lowrie singled to right field with Gonzalez stopping at third and Pedroia at second given Jeff Francouer’s rifle arm in right.
Ryan Lavarnway came up with the bases loaded and two outs, and grounded out to shortstop. He’s now 0-for-5 since his recall from Pawtucket yesterday.