Royals hold off Red Sox 3-2 to open split-doubleheader
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Eric Hosmer homered for the second straight day, the Royals turned their first three hits off Boston's Steven Wright into runs, and Kansas City held off the Red Sox 3-2 on Wednesday to open a split-doubleheader.
Hosmer followed a single by Alcides Escobar with a homer in the first inning, and Lorenzo Cain added a sacrifice fly following a triple by Jarrod Dyson in the sixth for the Royals' only offense.
It proved to be enough for Ian Kennedy and their bullpen.
Kennedy allowed two runs on six hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings, striking out nine, before Brian Flynn - who earned his first career win - and Luke Hochevar combined to strike out four consecutive batters.
Wade Davis worked around a single in ninth for his ninth save.
Wright (3-4) surrendered five hits without a walk in a complete game for Boston.