Game over: Royals 5, Red Sox 1 – The Red Sox avoided their second shutout in four games by scoring a run in the ninth, their only run of the game, when Stephen Drew knocked in Jonny Gomes (double) with a single against reliever Luke Hochevar. The Red Sox could not solve lefty Bruce Chen who shut them out for 7 2/3 innings. The Red Sox committed three errors behind Jon Lester, who allowed three runs in the first inning, the floodgates opened on a Jonny Gomes error in left field. The Red Sox dropped to 22-16 vs, lefty starters.
Bottom 8th: Royals 5, Red Sox 0 – Rubby De La Rosa proved that the harder you throw it, the faster it goes out. Billy Butler connected with one of De La Rosa’s high 90s speed balls and sent it 413 feet over the centerfield fence. Another long out to right by Miguel Tejada.Justin Maxwell blasted a 97 mph fastball over the centerfield fence as well.
Top 8th: Royals 3, Red Sox 0 – The Red Sox had two on on singles by Nava and Ellsbury, but the Sox couldn’t get a run across. Chen left after the Ellsbury single and replaced by Luke Hochevar retired Shane Victorino with a pop up.
Bottom 7th: Royals 3, Red Sox 0 – Stephen Drew booted Alcides Escobar’s grounder, Boston’s third error. After a stolen bases, Lester didn’t let the error rattle him. He’s gotten through seven and what once looked like a struggle for him turned into a pretty good outing.
Top 7th: Royals 3, Red Sox 0 – Chen allowed a single to Stephen Drew for Boston’s fourth hit, but nothing else.
Bottom 6th: Royals 3, Red Sox 0 – Lester gets three outs with grounder, strike out and fly out by Tejada, Maxwell and Moutsakas.
Top 6th: Royals 3, Red Sox 0 – Lester now has a quality start working after retiring the side in the sixth.
Bottom 5th: Royals 3, Red Sox 0 – The Red Sox made another error – a boot by Daniel Nava on Eric Hosmer’s grounder. Lester also walked Cain, but Lester had the bend-but-not-break mindset and held the Royals in check.
Top 5th: Royals 3, Red Sox 0 – Napoli struck out. Nava popped out to the catcher and Salty lined out to left. Chen pitching to contact and getting his outs efficiently.
Bottom 4th: Royals 3, Red Sox 0 – With one out Mike Moustakas singled to right, but was caught stealing by Jarrod Salatalamacchia. The Royals went down vs. Lester, who has settled down considerably.
Top 4th: Royals 3, Red Sox 0 – A Dustin Pedroia walk amid three infield pops.
Bottom 3rd: Royals 3, Red Sox 0 – Another 1-2-3 inning by Lester topped off by a nice sliding catch in right by Shane Victorino to prevent a Miguel Tejada single.
Top 3rd: Royals 3, Red Sox 0 – Chen gets all three batters.
Bottom 2nd: Royals 3, Red Sox 0 – Lester recovers and retired the Royals in order.
Top 2nd: Royals 3, Red Sox 0 – A two-out single by Mike Napoli was all the Red Sox could muster. Napoli has been dropped to sixth in the order. He spent a down day yesterday working on his hitting, and he went the other way and got on base.
Bottom 1st: Royals 3, Red Sox 0 – Long inning for Jon Lester, who was victimized by an outfield error by Jonny Gomes, who misjudged Alex Gordon’s sinking liner to left Lester allowed a leadoff double to Lorenzo Cain, who moved to third on Eric Hosmer’s grounder. Billy Butler walked, setting the stage for Gomes’ blunder which scored a run. After another out and another walk, Mike Moustakas doubled to right scoring a pair of runs.. .
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Royals 0 – On an unusually cool Kansas City summer night, the Red Sox and Royals begin the first game of hat could be a tough four-game series. Bruce Chen, who has produced four quality starts in a row, allowed a single to Jacoby Ellsbury to lead off the game, but Ellsbury was picked off by Chen, who retired the side after that.