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Final: Red Sox 13, Royals 9

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  July 26, 2011 07:14 PM

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Game over

The Red Sox pounded 16 hits and got big offensive nights from David Ortiz (four hits, five RBI), Dustin Pedroia (home run short of the cycle), to lead the thrashing against the Royals.

The Yankees also won (beat Seattle of course) and so the Sox remained two games ahead of the Yanks.

Great work by Alfredo Aceves, who went 3-1/3 innings and allowed no runs and three hits and bailed out Andrew Miller, who pitched poorly for 3-2/3 innings.

Franklin Morales gave up two runs in the ninth, but managed to finish it off for Boston.

Time of game was 3:52 before 37,460.

Bottom 8th: Red Sox 13, Royals 7

OF Mitch Maier is on to pitch.

Bottom 7th: Red Sox 13, Royals 7

Looked like Jason Varitek cleared the Monsters with his sixth homer. Ellsbury doubled to the leftcenter gap and went to third on a throwing error by shortstop Alcides Escobar. Just a thought: Ellsbury could easily have stolen home against lefty Tim Collins. Suppose that would running up the score?

Bottom 6th: Red Sox 12, Royals 7

Both benches were warned after Blake wood plunked Adrian Gonzalez with a pitch after Alfredo Acves had hit Billy Butler in the sixth. Butler had homered, doubled and singled before Aceves hit him.

The Sox loaded the bases on walks to Scutaro and Pedroia and the Gonzalez HBP, but the Sox couldn't add to their lead.

Bottom 5th: Red Sox 12, Royals 7

Last night Marco Scutaro missed a sign for a suicide squeeze and tonight a sacrifice bunt by Drew Sutton created major chaos in their favor and lead to a 6-run inning.

After Reddick and pinch-hitter Jacoby Ellsbury reached on singles, pinch-hitter Drew Sutton laid down a nice bunt that the pitcher fielded and threw to second baseman Mike Aviles covering first base.

The second baseman missed the throw for an error allowing both runs to come across. He then overthrew third but no error was charged.

After a Scutaro walk, Gonzalez knocked in the ninth Sox run with a single. Pedroia followed with a single to load the bases when David Ortiz continued a fine night with a single scoring two more runs. Ortiz has driven in five runs.

It didn't end there.

Crawford followed with an infield hit on a nubber between third and the pitchers mound to reload the bases.

After Jason Varitek struck out, Reddick hit a long sac fly to center.

Ellsbury finally ended things but sent a long drive to the triangle in center where Melky Cabrera made a nice running catch.

Bottom 4th: Royals 7, Red Sox 6

A bases loaded walk by Carl Crawford got the Sox to within one run. Jason Varitek lined to center with the bases loaded to end to end the inning. Crawford had been on a terrible run with six strikeouts in the last two games. He had struck out twice tonight after striking out four times last night.

Top 4th: Royals 7, Red Sox 5

Andrew Miller just gave the lead back - a two-run bomb to center by Alex Gordon with Alcides Escobar aboard. Billy Butler hit a solo homer. Miller recorded the second out and was yanked in favor of Alfredo Aceves.

Miller's line: 3-2/3 innings, nine hits, seven runs (5 earned), two walks, one strike out.

Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 5, Royals 4

Didn't take the Sox long to overturn the Royals lead. A nice rally produced three runs. Dustin Pedroia's double knocked in Marco Scutaro (double) and David Ortiz knocked in both Pedoria and Adrian Gonzalez, who had walked.

Top 2nd: Royals 4, Red Sox 2

Billy Butler knocked in a pair of runs with a groundrule double to right. Mike Aviles led off with a single and Matt Treanor walked. The runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Alcides Escobar on a play where Andrew Miller was charged with a throwing error. MIller got the next two outs before Butler struck.

Bottom 1st: Royals 2, Red Sox 2

Darnell McDonald led off with a walk and a stolen base. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Adrian Gonzalez' sacrifice fly. After Dustin Pedroia tripled off the centerfield wall and scored on David Ortiz. Carl Crawford struck out to end the inning.

Top 1st: Royals 2, Red Sox 0

The skies cleared and this game got off on time. Andrew Miller is on the hill for the Red Sox and after retiring Alex Gordon with a pop up he allowed a single to left to Melky Cabrera. Billy Butler followed with a single and Eric Hosmer got the first run in with a double to left center over Darnell McDonald's head.

McDonald is playing center while Jacoby Ellsbury rests. Could ellsbury have caught that ball? Might have been close. Jeff Francouer lined out to left scoring the second run as Crawford threw weakly back to the infield.

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