Recap: Ellsbury torments Guthrie in Royals’ 5-3 loss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Someday, Jeremy Guthrie hopes to figure out a way to handle Jacoby Ellsbury.

And that day can’t come soon enough for the Kansas City Royals’ right-hander.

Ellsbury matched a career high with

four hits and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Boston Red Sox to a

5-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.

Ellsbury had RBI-doubles in the fourth

and sixth innings and also stole his major league-leading 42nd base. It

was his 10th career four-hit game and second this season.

Guthrie gave up all four of hits by Ellsbury, who has a career .435 batting average, 20 for 46, off the righty.

“With his speed and his ability to put

wood on the ball, he’s a tough hitter,” Guthrie said. “He’s always been

very tough for me and I didn’t execute very well.”

Ellsbury can’t explain his success against Guthrie.

“I was looking at my at-bats in the

past,” Ellsbury said. “Nothing really stood out. He has really good

stuff and has good command. I guess it’s just one of those baseball

things.”

The Red Sox scored four runs in the

fourth. Will Middlebrooks, who was just recalled from Triple-A

Pawtucket, fueled the rally with a two-run single. Stephen Drew drove in

a run with a double, extending his hitting streak to a season-best 11

games.

The Royals answered with a three-run

fifth. Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler drilled back-to-back RBI doubles and

Miguel Tejada hit a two-out single.

“It was a nice little rally to get us

just down one at that point,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “It gets

you back to one at that point in the game. We’ve still got plenty of

cracks to overcome that one.

“Their bullpen did a great job. We got a double here and a double there, but couldn’t make it count.”

Billy Butler doubled leading off the

seventh and Brett Hayes doubled with one out in the eighth, but the

Royals could not convert either hit into a run.

Tejada was replaced by Elliot Johnson in the seventh inning when he was injured diving for Mike Carp’s single.

“When he dove for that ball, his right calf got real, real tight,” Yost said. “We’re evaluating it now.”

Red Sox starter Felix Doubront failed

to get an out in the fifth, facing four batters before being replaced

by Brandon Workman. Doubront gave up three runs on six hits and four

walks.

Guthrie (12-8), who had won his

previous four starts, threw a season-high 123 pitches in seven innings,

allowing five runs on 10 hits and a walk.

“Good teams make pitchers get high pitch counts,” Guthrie said. “I think each offense did a good job of that.”

Ellsbury drove in Middlebrooks with a sixth-inning double for the final run off Guthrie.

Workman (3-1) picked up his second

victory of the week with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Koji Uehara pitched a

flawless ninth to collect his 12th save in 15 chances.

Butler had three hits, including two doubles, for the Royals, who lost for only the third time in 18 games.

NOTES: Both clubs made four roster

moves before the game. The Red Sox recalled Middlebrooks, who was

hitting .269 with 10 home runs for Pawtucket, and activated LHP Franklin

Morales from the disabled list. They placed IF Brandon Snyder, sore

right elbow, on the 15-day DL and optioned RHP Pedro Beato to Pawtucket.

… The Royals placed OF Lorenzo Cain on the disabled list with a

pulled left oblique. They recalled LHPs Will Smith and Donnie Joseph

from Triple-A Omaha and designated for assignment LHP Francisley Bueno,

who picked up the victory Friday with 2 1/3 scoreless innings against

the Red Sox. … Royals RHP Wade Davis, who has been on the family

emergency leave after the death of his step-brother, will be activated

Sunday and will start Monday against Miami. … The Royals are

optimistic C Salvador Perez, who is on the concussion list, would get

the clearance to be activated Sunday. … Royals 1B Eric Hosmer went

2-for-5 and an RBI and is hitting .462 on this homestand with eight

RBIs.