Red Sox drop another in Kansas City, 9-6

These aren’t your older brother’s Royals of the last decade as the Red Sox have quickly discovered – this team is actually pretty good (17-4 since the All-Star break; they’ve won 15 of their last 17). Kansas City (60-53) beat Boston (70-48) for the second night in a row at Kauffman Stadium, this time 9-6 after it won 5-1 on Thursday. The Royals had 16 hits and the game turned in the sixth inning when the Red Sox led 6-3 but Kansas City scored six runs. The Red Sox blew three separate leads (1-0, 3-2 & 6-3) in this frustrating loss.

Neither starting pitcher was effective as Jake Peavy and Ervin Santana were both charged with six earned runs. The difference was Kansas City’s bullpen which went 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing only two hits. All-Star closer Greg Holland had a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts for his 31st save of the season. Boston relievers Drake Britton (2 earned runs) and Pedro Beato (3 hits) were the first guys out of the bullpen and they didn’t bail Peavy out when he desperately needed help.

Daniel Nava had an RBI single in the first but Justin Maxwell (3 hits) homered for the second straight game and David Lough had an RBI single for a 2-1 Royals lead in the second. David Ortiz (2 hits) hit a solo homer in the third (his 22nd of the season) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2 hits) gave Boston a 3-2 lead in the third with an RBI double. Alex Gordon tied it with a solo homer in the third but Mike Napoli (2 hits) broke out of his major slump with a three-run double in the fourth. Kansas City kept getting on base in the sixth: Alcides Escobar (2 hits), Eric Hosmer (3 hits) and Maxwell had RBI singles with two scoring on Hosmer’s hit, Billy Butler (3 hits) had an RBI double and Lough drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Felix Doubront (8-5) will try to get the Red Sox back on the winning track Saturday night (7:10, NESN) against former Oriole Jeremy Guthrie (12-7).

What they’ll be saying: Peavy came back to Earth quickly after his promising start (7+ innings, 2 earned runs, 4 hits, 7 strikeouts) on Saturday vs. Arizona. He threw 73 pitches in the first three innings and perhaps more troubling, he allowed 10 hits without striking anyone out in five plus innings. Brock Holt went 0 for 4 and he’s 1 for his last 19 so expect Brandon Snyder in the lineup on Saturday and playing third base. Bigger picture, it’s time to either call up super prospect Xander Bogaerts or give Will Middlebrooks another chance. It’s a small sample size (5 games) but Kansas City has Boston’s number more than any other team in the American League: they are 4-1 with two more games left in this series and in the season. It is time to take the Royals seriously, they probably won’t make the playoffs in 2013 but they are finally building a contender thanks to an abundance of high draft picks that have panned out.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Breaking: Local

(Update) Boston Police confirm body of missing BU…

The dead man pulled from the water at Boston's Long Wharf Wednesday afternoon was that of missing 24-year-old Boston University student Eric Munsell, Boston Police said today.

National

On newly released tape, 'Squeaky' Fromme says was…

Manson Family member Squeaky Fromme told a mental health examiner in newly released interview the "X" she carved in her forehead was meant to separate her from "the system."

Local

Mayor Marty Walsh's Reddit AMA: 5 things to…

Mayor Marty Walsh participated in a Reddit AMA - or "ask me anything" - session on Thursday and shared some of his insight and stories.

National

Electric Zoo tickets on sale Tuesday as festival…

Electric Zoo tickets go on sale Tuesday. The festival announced plans to amp up security after two attendees died last year from apparent drug overdoses.

The Word

Taylor Swift has a hard time leaving the…

We're entranced by these photos of poor Taylor Swift leaving her Tribeca apartment.

Arts

'Becoming Cuba' at Huntington is a bit short…

Playwright Melinda Lopez freely lampoons the English language for its lack of passion in her latest work, “Becoming Cuba.” Ironically, the Huntington Theatre Company’s playwright-in-residence…

Movies

Interview: 'The Quiet Ones' star Sam Claflin on…

"Hunger Games" co-star Sam Claflin talks about his new horror film "The Quiet Ones," plus how technology connects him with fans.

Television

TV watch list, Thursday, April 24: 'Parks and…

'Parks and Recreation' Leslie makes a big decision about her future in the hourlong season finale. Also, fans will finally get to see the big…

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

MLB

5 infamous pitcher ejections for cheating

Never fear Yankees fans, Michael Pineda is far from the first MLB pitcher to be thrown out of a game for cheating.

NFL

Patriot’s schedule comes up fair

Those looking for built-in excuses for the Patriots 2014-2015 season will have to look elsewhere, because their schedule came up fair. For the fourth straight…

MLB

Nava demoted, Victorino return imminent

  Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava, who was batting a team-low .149/.240/.269, was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday. "His struggles at the plate, I…

Parenting

New study: Inside the wage gap between boys…

According to a new study, there's a wage gap between boys and girls, with boys earning more allowance for less chores.

Tech

From Apple TV to Fire TV, big changes…

Apple is set to launch a new generation of it's Apple TV, which grossed over $1 billion in 2013. But competition from Amazon and Google looms.

Style

Katy Perry releases a new Claire’s collection

Katy Perry expands her empire by releasing an accessories collection at Claire's.

Style

MAC & Proenza Schouler collection unveiled

MAC Cosmetics is releasing a new collection with Proenza Schouler.