Game over: Royals 10, Red Sox 9 (12 innings): The Sox went in order before a smattering of fans remaining from the crowd of 37,103.
Greg Holland (7th save) closed it out for Francisley Bueno (1-0) as Junichi Tazawa (0-1) takes the loss. The Sox blew a 9-3 lead in this game, failing to score in the final eight innings.
The Sox (60-67) are 0-6 at home in extra innings, which seems almost impossible to do. They also have lost three games this season when they had at least 18 hits. That also would seem hard to do.
Since at least 1919, it was only the fourth time the Sox lost at home when having at least 20 hits.
Middle of the 12th: Royals 10, Red Sox 9: With two outs, Tazawa walked the hard-to-walk Jeff Francoeur. Hosmer doubled him to third. Abreu then delivered an RBI single to left on an 0-2 pitch.
Tazawa showed some good stuff tonight. But those are two inexcusable mistakes.
Top of the 12th: Royals 9, Red Sox 9: Facing Bueno, Gomez whiffed. Salty singled to center. Jose Iglesias, who ran for Lavanway in the 9th inning, batted as the DH and grounded into a 1-6-3 DP.
Obviously David Ortiz is not available or he would have hit in that spot.
Middle of the 11th: Royals 9, Red Sox 9: Tazawa retired the Royals in order with two strikeouts.
Sox are 0-5 in extra innings at home this season. That seems pretty hard to do.
Top of the 11th: Royals 9, Red Sox 9: Sox missed a big chance there.
Ciriaco singled to right, took second on a wild pitch and then went to third on a terrific bunt by Scotty Pods.
The Royals, smartly, intentionally walked Pedroia. Lefty Francisely Bueno came on to face Ellsbury. When Ellsbury grounded to first, Hosmer threw out Ciriaco at the plate.
Che-Hsuan Lin, who came in to replace Ross defensively, struck out. He was overmatched.
Tazawa now pitching. Yes, that guy’s name is Francisely.
Middle of the 10th: Royals 9, Red Sox 9: Padilla worked around a leadoff single by striking out Abreu and Cain to end the inning.
Now Ciriaco leads off against Herrera, who has already gone 1.1 innings.
Top of the 10th: Royals 9, Red Sox 9: No dice. Lavarnway singled with two outs but Aviles lined to center. Extra innings, here we come.
Vicente Padilla is in. Somebody call in extra security.
Middle of the 9th: Royals 9, Red Sox 9: Bailey retired the Sox in order despite two deep fly balls.
Gomez, Salty and Lavarnway next. Sox need to get this over with soon. The bullpen is beaten up and Felix Doubront comes off the disabled list tomorrow.
Somebody hit one out, boys. Then we can all go home.
Top of the 9th: Royals 9, Red Sox 9: Breslow retired the Royals in order in the top of the eighth. In the bottom of the inning, Podsednik singled off Worcester’s Tim Collins and was doubled off when Pedroia lined a seed to first.
Ellsbury doubled off the wall then stole third. Ross, facing hard-throwing Kelvin Herrera, got ahead 3-0 but flied out on a 3-2 pitch to center.
Andrew Bailey coming in.
Top of the 8th: Royals 9, Red Sox 9: Aviles singled with one out off Aaron Crow and was thrown out stealing. Then Ciriaco struck out.
Middle of the 7th: Royals 9, Red Sox 9: That was ugly. Andrew Miller started the inning and pitched like the Andrew Miller of 2011.
With two outs and a runner on first, he walked Dyson and Escobar to loaded the bases. Gordon followed with a two-run single. Mark Melancon came in and allowed an RBI double by Butler. Perez then followed with an RBI single.
In came Craig Breslow. He got Moustakas to fly to deep right and Ross misplayed the ball into a two-run triple that tied it. The Sox walked Francoeur to get to Hosmer and he grounded out to finally end the inning.
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Adrian Gonzalez belted a three-run homer in first at-bat. Why can’t the Red Sox get guys like that?
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 9, Royals 3: Cook went six innings and allowed three runs. That’s about as good as the Sox could expect on three days’ rest.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 9, Royals 3: Cook allowed singles by Abreu and Escobar but kept the Royals off the board. Under the circumstances, he has done well.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 9, Royals 3: Ciriaco walked before two-out singles by Ellsbury, Ross and Gomez scored two runs. That’s four RBIs for the great Gomez.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 7, Royals 3: Sorry for the delay in the updates. Had to finish the story on the trade. Busy day here at the Fens.
Anyway, Pedroia doubled in the bottom of the third. Ellsbury walked and Ross singled to load the bases. Gomez, making people forget about Gonzalez, singled in two runs. Ross went to third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ross.
Cook, meanwhile, has shut down the Royals since the first inning.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 4, Royals 3: That was fast. Big Mauro Gomez belted his first homer. After singles by Salty and Lavarnway, Mike Aviles belted one over the wall.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers just Tweeted out of a photo of Gonzalez, Beckett and Punto posing with Magic Johnson. Boston loves you now, Magic.
Top of the 2nd: Royals 3, Red Sox 0: The Sox went in order against Guthrie.
Middle of the 1st: Royals 3, Red Sox 0: Not a good start for Cook on short rest. Dyson and Escobar singled and scored on a double off the wall by Gordon. Butler than had an RBI single.
Roster moves made: The Red Sox activated Felix Doubront from the 15-day disabled list, placed Daniel Nava (left wrist) on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Jose Iglesias, Che-Hsuan Lin and rJunichi Tazawa from Triple-A Pawtucket.
James Loney is expected to arrive on Sunday.
Pre-game: Good evening from Fenway Park, where it feels like Christmas morning. The new-look Red Sox entertain the Royals with Aaron Cook on the mound.
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