Royals 10, Red Sox 9(12)
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said he felt his team always
had a chance, even after falling behind by six runs after four
He must have taken a look at the Red Sox bullpen.
Tony Abreu singled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning, and
the Royals completed their comeback from a six-run deficit by
beating Boston 10-9 on Saturday night.
”When you battle back from being down six runs, that’s a good
win,” Yost said. ”I don’t know how you sum it up, but I never
felt like we were ever out of that game. A bloop here and a bloop
there, a ball in the gap. That was a pretty darn good two-out rally
there and again in the 12th.”
Just a few hours after Boston traded scheduled starter Josh
Beckett to the Dodgers along with Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford
and Nick Punto, the Royals scored three runs before substitute
starter Aaron Cook got a single out. The Red Sox took a 9-3 lead
after four innings thanks to four hits from Gonzalez’s replacement,
Mauro Gomez, including his first major league homer.
But the Royals made it 9-all with six runs in the seventh – all
of them with two outs, including a game-tying, two-run triple by
Mike Moustakas that was his first hit in 19 at-bats.
”It was frustrating,” Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said.
”We couldn’t get that third out in the seventh inning. Had about
Francisley Bueno (1-0) earned his first major league win after
coming in with runners on first and third and one out in the 10th
and pitching out of trouble. Greg Holland pitched the 12th for his
Junichi Tazawa (0-1) took the loss. He was filling in for
Alfredo Aceves, who was suspended three games a day after storming
out of Valentine’s office because he was passed over for a save
”Might have had something to do with that,” Valentine said
after Saturday night’s game. ”I’m a little disappointed. You just
have to know the difference between right and wrong. That’s all we
Alex Gordon drove in four runs and Billy Butler had three hits
for the Royals, who had lost three of their previous four
Mike Aviles hit a three-run homer for Boston, which had a
season-high 20 hits on the day it essentially conceded the season
by sending three of its highly paid but underperforming stars to
Los Angeles in a salary purge that will save more than $250 million
Hours after the deal was confirmed, Cook spotted the Royals a
3-0 lead before the Red Sox rallied back. Gomez started things with
a solo homer in the four-run second, added a two-RBI single in the
three-run third and singled in another run as Boston took a 9-3
lead in the fourth.
NOTES: The Red Sox activated LHP Felix Doubront from the 15-day
disabled list, placed OF Daniel Nava on the 15-day DL with a left
wrist sprain and recalled SS Jose Iglesias, OF Che-Hsuan Lin and
Tazawa from Triple-A Pawtucket. Doubront is scheduled to start on
Sunday. … The Red Sox played several moon-related songs between
innings on the day Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the
moon, died at 82. … Boston-area Olympians were honored before the
game, including judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison and gymnast Aly
Raisman. … Plate umpire Jerry Layne took a foul ball off his mask
in the seventh and needed a second to gather himself.