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Sox lose a wild one to Royals in 13 innings, 7-6

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Sox lose a wild one to Royals in 13 innings, 7-6

BOSTON -- The Kansas City Royals just wouldn't stop rallying against the Red Sox.

Alex Gordon hit a tying home run off Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning, and Jorge Soler slugged a three-run homer in the 13th and the Royals beat Boston 7-6 on Tuesday night.

"They kept battling. They kept fighting and kept trying to put together good at-bats," manager Ned Yost said of his club. "Gordon's home run was big there to keep us in the ballgame and just keep plugging away."

Boston led 3-2 before Gordon's one-out drive off Kimbrel, who was trying for his 299th save but instead blew an opportunity for the first time in eight tries this season.

After falling behind in the count 2-and-1, Kimbrel said he made a very costly mistake to Gordon.

"I wasn't trying to throw it right down the middle, but I was trying to throw an aggressive pitch," Kimbrel said. "It was an all-around good game. I just made a bad pitch and he hit it out of the ballpark."

Jon Jay had four singles and a sacrifice fly in the 12th that put Kansas City up 4-3. But Eduardo Nunez homered against Kelvin Herrera (1-0) in the bottom half.

Gordon added a single off Brian Johnson (1-1) with one out in the 13th, Whit Merrifield followed with another single and Soler drove in both with a shot over the Green Monster.

"We needed some cushion," Yost said. "We just couldn't hold a one-run lead, so the three-run, we finally did it."

Barely.

Boston got two back in the bottom of the 13th before Nunez, whose homer to left rallied Boston in the 12th, hit one to the wall in center, where Abraham Almonte ended the threat and the wild night at Fenway.

Kansas City, which stumbled through April with seven wins, won in extra innings for the first time this season. The Royals have also won three of four since losing five straight.

"Just a good battle, a good team win," said Kevin McCarthy, who pitched three scoreless innings of relief for the Royals. "Crazy game."

Mitch Moreland, who homered for Boston in the sixth, led off the bottom of the 13th with a single off of Burch Smith, who hit Xander Bogaerts with a pitch. Rafael Devers hit into a forceout, Brian Flynn relieved and Jackie Bradley Jr. had a run-scoring groundout.

Christian Vazquez singled in a run, but Flynn got the first save of his five-year big league career when Nunez flied out to the center-field wall.

Brad Keller threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the seventh.

Alcides Escobar hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and the Royals took a 2-0 lead in the sixth when Lucas Duda got caught in a rundown while trying to steal second and Jay, who began the play on second, was able to come home.

STRONG STARTS

Boston's Chris Sale struck out six while allowing two runs - one earned - and five hits in seven innings. He was in position to win consecutive starts for the first time this season.

Jakob Junis pitched five scoreless innings for Kansas City before Boston tied the score in the sixth on Moreland's homer and Bradley's RBI single.

"Junis gave us a heck of a start," Yost said.

GORDON GOES DEEP

Gordon was 0-for-3 entering the ninth, then hit his first homer of the season. It was the third time in his career he had a tying homer in the ninth.

Yost said he was confident Gordon's power would show soon.

"I don't need to see Alex hit a home run for me to think that it's still in there," he said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: DH Mike Moustakas was out of the starting lineup after getting hit by a pitch on his right forearm in the first inning Monday. He came off the bench in the 10th and grounded out while pinch hitting for Cheslor Cuthbert.

Red Sox: RF Mookie Betts (tight right hamstring) was out of the lineup a third straight game because of a tight right hamstring that forced him out Saturday. Betts took over in right field in the ninth.

UP NEXT

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (0-3, 5.40 ERA) makes his team-high seventh start, still searching for his first win. Duffy is 0-4 in six starts against Boston, the only AL team he has yet to beat.

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 7.27) gets his third start of the season after missing the first 18 games with a forearm injury.

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Three homers and Eduardo Rodriguez power Red Sox past Mariners, 9-3

Three homers and Eduardo Rodriguez power Red Sox past Mariners, 9-3

SEATTLE - Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Xander Bogaerts all homered and the Boston Red Sox routed the Seattle Mariners 9-3 on Sunday.

Devers' 11th homer of the season capped a five-run, two-out rally in the third against Seattle starter Mike Leake (7-4).

Andrew Benintendi and Bogaerts began Boston's rally with a pair of singles. J.D. Martinez drew a nine-pitch walk to load the bases before Mitch Moreland drove in two with a single to centerfield, and Devers followed with a blast off the Hit It Here Cafe in right field to give Boston a 5-0 lead.

The Red Sox pulled away in the seventh against right-handed reliever Chasen Bradford, who gave up three runs and two homers while getting two outs.

Bradley Jr. sent Bradford's first pitch over the center field wall for his fourth home run this season. Benintendi hit his third single of the game with one out before Bogaerts put Boston ahead 8-2 with a shot into the bullpen in left centerfield, his 12th of the season.

Facing left-hander Roenis Elias in the eighth, Benintendi extended Boston's lead to 9-2 with a sacrifice fly to center.

Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez picked up his sixth victory in a row, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out nine. Rodriguez (9-1) has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his starts during his winning streak.

The Mariners loaded the bases with no outs for the heart of their order against Rodriguez in the fifth, but managed just one run. Jean Segura cut Seattle's deficit to 5-2 with a fielder's choice, but Seattle's rally was cut short following back-to-back fly outs from Mitch Haniger and Nelson Cruz.

Cruz hit his 17th home run of the season in the fourth, sending a 3-2 fastball from Martinez 442 feet into the upper deck in left field to trim Seattle's deficit to 5-1. In the eighth, Ryon Healy doubled down the left field line, scoring Cruz to make it 9-3.

UP NEXT
Red Sox: Chris Sale (6-4, 2.75 ERA) takes the mound as the Red Sox continue their road trip against the Twins on Tuesday. Sale has allowed just one run in each of his last two starts and has nine starts this season allowing one or fewer earned runs.

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Wright a no-brainer for starting role when Pomeranz returns

Wright a no-brainer for starting role when Pomeranz returns

Steven Wright has made it an easy decision for Alex Cora when the injured Drew Pomeranz returns from the disabled list.

When Pomeranz went down with biceps tendinitis on June 5, Wright immediately stepped up in his spot throwing seven shutout innings vs the Tigers. That proved to be no fluke, as the knuckleballer followed up with another scoreless outing in 6.2 innings pitched vs the Orioles.


Then on Saturday in Seattle, Wright put the exclamation point on his case to take over for Pomeranz in the rotation for the foreseeable future. The right-hander's scoreless streak reached 24.2 innings before the Mariners were able to scratch across a run in the third. That would be the only run scored against Wright in the game, as the 2016 All-Star again threw seven strong innings.

In eight starts this season, Pomeranz hasn't made it to the seven-inning mark. In 2017, he did so only once in 32 starts. The left-hander's inability to go deep in games has made him the odd man out in the rotation at least until another starter goes down, or Wright begins to show signs of inconsistency.

Besides, Pomeranz has had success as a reliever in the past. He thrived in the role in 2014 and 2015 with Oakland. It makes more sense to have him as an added lefty in the bullpen, rather than use a knuckleball pitcher in relief.

Wright shouldn't be expected to keep up this kind of pace. But he has once again earned himself a starting role, for as long as he can provide some much-needed stability at the back end of the rotation.

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