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

innings.

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

four tries.”

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

seventh save.

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

opportunity.

”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

ask.”

Alex Gordon drove in four runs and Billy Butler had three hits

for the Royals, who had lost three of their previous four

games.

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

through 2018.

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.