Red Sox give up lead twice, fall to Royals 5-4 in extra innings

boston-redsox-logo1

 

BOSTON — After leading 3-1 and 4-3, the Red Sox blew both leads and in the end fell to the Kansas City Royals, 5-4, in 10 innings in the second game of Sunday’s day/night doubleheader at Fenway Park. The Royals took both games, dropping the Red Sox to 12-6 on the year.

Andrew Miller came on for the tenth, but once again didn’t have the best command of his pitches. He walked two batters, including the game-winning run on four pitches against Lorenzo Cain. He has walked six batters in just four total innings of work this season.

Although he did not factor into the decision, Allen Webster who was making his major league debut, was very impressive. The 23-year-old went six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out five. Even more impressive was the command the Sox prospect showed on the mound, making it seem like he belongs in the major leagues. The one negative was the two home runs he allowed, both coming in the fifth inning. The right-hander threw 84 pitches, 57 for strikes.

“I thought he had great poise, great presence, like he showed in spring training,” manager John Farrell said. “With the exception of a couple of fastballs that were maybe elevated a little bit in the strike zone, I thought he did everything we could have hoped in a spot start … He was efficient. The six innings was pretty much what we were looking for tonight, so he did his job.”

Junichi Tazawa pitched the seventh, before Koji Uehara came on for the eighth and allowed the game-tying home run to Billy Butler. It snapped an 18 inning scoreless streak for the Sox reliever. Andrew Bailey (two strikeouts) threw a scoreless ninth, bouncing back from allowing a run in yesterday’s win.

Mike Napoli paced the offense going 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and two RBIs. Dustin Pedroia added two hits and an RBI in the loss.

The Red Sox will be back in action Monday (6:35, NESN) as they host the Oakland Athletics for a three-game set. Felix Doubront will get the nod for the Sox, while the A’s will counter with A.J. Griffin.

What they’ll be saying: This was a game the Red Sox should have won with leads of 3-1 and 4-3, especially having the bullpen set up just the way they wanted with Tazawa, Uehara and Bailey. The other issue was the lack of clutch hitting as they went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position. They had a tremedous chance to walk-off with the win in the bottom of the ninth with runners on first and second for Napoli, but his deep fly to center was hauled in on the warning track … You could not have asked for a better start from Webster, who appears to be on his way to being a big league pitcher one day. He will be sent back down to Pawtucket, but if anymore injuries do occur, it would seem likely he would be the first player to get a call back up. He became the first Red Sox starter making his major league debut to allow two runs or less in six or more innings since Justin Masterson in April of 2008. His velocity was between 94-96 MPH all game long, and also featured a nice slider and change up to keep hitters on their toes.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

News

Mets mascot Mr. Met target of Bill Clinton…

Mets mascot Mr. Met has told how he ended up in the crosshairs of a Secret Service sniper rifle. The man behind the Mr. Met…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

NHL

Rangers draw first blood against Flyers in Game…

Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.