Game over: Andrew Bailey struggles, gives up a homer to Lorenzo Cain, but holds onto one-run lead as Sox win on an emotional day to extend their winning streak to seven games. Clay Buchholz improves to 4-0.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 4, Royals 2 – Daniel Nava, who had been picked off second base earlier in the game, provided a dramatic three-run homer with two outs to give Boston a two-run lead. Jonny Gomes hit a leadoff double pinch-hitting for Shane Victorino and after Dustin Pedroia walked, David Ortiz knocked into a double-play. But Mike Napoli drew a walk allowing Nava to perform his dramatics on a 1-1 pitch from Kelvin Herrera.
Bottom 7th: Royals 2, Red Sox 1 – The inning started out promising with Nava being hit with a pitch and moving to second on Will Middlebrooks’ single. But Nava got picked off second base. After Drew reached on an error by third baseman Moustakas, pinch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia fouled out to third and Jacoby Ellsbury popped out to right to end the threat.
Top 7th: Royals 2, Red Sox 1 – Lorenzo Cain has Clay Buchholz’ number today. Cain sent his second double to left to start the inning. Buchholz almost got out of it with two outs, but Salvador Perez tripled around the railing in right to score the go-ahead run.
Bottom 6th: Royals 1, Red Sox 1 – David Ortiz comes up with a big two-out basehit to tie the game. Ellsbury led off with a single and was advanced on Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt. After Pedroia grounded out, Ortiz, who had singled in his second at-bat against James Shields, sent a single up the middle to score the tying run.
Top 6th: Royals 1, Red Sox 0 – Buchholz did his best Houdini here. Alex Gordon led off with a double to left, but Buchholz retired Alcides Escobar on a tapper to Buchholz, got Billy Butler to line out to short and Eric Hosmer grounded out to second.
Bottom 5th: Royals 1, Red Sox 0 – Daniel Nava walked but was erased on Will Middlebrooks’ double-play grounder. After Stephen drew singled, David Ross struck out.
Top 5th: Royals 1, Red Sox 0 – Lorenzo opened with a double to left, moved to third on Mike Moustakas’ fly ball to center and scored on Jeff Francouer’s single to left. Buchholz struck out the next two batters.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 0, Royals 0 – With two outs, David Ortiz, batting cleanup stroked his first hit of the season, a single to right. Napoli struck out to end the inning.
Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Royals 0 – Buchholz gets all three outs to the shortstop – two ground ball outs and a pop up.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Royals 0 – Shields fans Drew and Ross and gets Ellsbury on a tapper to the mound.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Royals 0 – A 1-2-3 inning for James Shields who throws two ground ball outs and a strikeout of Jacoby Ellsbury.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Royals 0 -Mike Napoli walked but Daniel Nava knocked into a double play against James Shields.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Royals 0 – Buchholz allows a one-out single to Lorenzo Cain, who also steals second, but Buchholz had two Ks in the inning including a called third strike to Jeff Francouer to end the inning.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Royals 0 – With two outs Dustin Pedroia drew a walk, but in his first at-bat of the season after a long ovation, David Ortiz popped out.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Royals 0 – Dustin Pedroia turns a nifty double-play, fielding the ball and just beating Alcides Escobar to second base and then firing to first to double up Billy Butler. Escobar had singled off the wall. Nice play by Daniel Nava to keep it to a single and made a strong throw back to the infield. Nava is becoming a very good outfielder.
One of the most amazing tributes I’ve seen. Dr. Charles Steinberg and his staff knocked this one out of the park. Not a dry eye at Fenway Park. Tremendous oratory skills exhibited by Henry Mahegan. Great touch.