Royals sweep Red Sox in Sunday twinbill

By The Sports Xchange, Special to the BDN
Posted April 21, 2013, at 9 p.m.

BOSTON — Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain drew a bases-loaded walk on four pitches with two outs in the 10th inning Sunday night, and the Royals completed a doubleheader sweep of the Boston Red Sox with a 5-4 win.

The Royals won 4-2 in the afternoon game at Fenway Park, snapping the Red Sox’s seven-game winning streak.

After striking out pinch hitter Miguel Tejada looking, Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller (0-1) gave up a single to Alex Gordon, then walked Alcides Escobar. Billy Butler struck out before Eric Hosmer singled to load the bases. Miller then walked Cain, giving the Royals what proved to be the game-winning run.

KC’s Kelvin Herrera (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and one intentional walk with three strikeouts. Greg Holland struck out the side in the 10th inning to earn his fourth save.

Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, including one home run, and four walks with two strikeouts.

Red Sox right-hander Allen Webster started in his major league debut. He went six innings, giving up three runs (two earned), on five hits, including two home runs, and a walk with five strikeouts.

Boston first baseman Mark Napoli went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run, falling a triple shy of the cycle.

In the bottom of the fifth, with Daniel Nava on second and Dustin Pedroia on first, Napoli’s third hit of the game, a single to center, drove in Nava, giving the Red Sox a 4-3 lead.

Webster got off to a rocky start. Gordon greeted him with a first-pitch double off the wall in left field. Gordon scored when the next batter, Escobar, hit an infield single, with shortstop Pedro Ciriaco committing a throwing error. However, Webster settled down and retired the next three batters.

The Red Sox got two runs in the second when Napoli led off against Guthrie with his third home run of the season. Jarrod Saltalamacchia followed with a walk, and he scored on Mike Carp’s one-out double. Boston added a run in the third when Jacoby Ellsbury doubled and scored on Pedroia’s single.

The Royals tied the score in the fifth on solo home runs by George Kottaras, his first hit of the season, and Gordon, his first homer of the season.

In the first game, Ervin Santana picked up the win, improving to 2-1. He went seven innings, giving up two runs and six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. He is the first pitcher to hold the Sox to two or fewer runs without allowing a walk since Tampa Bay’s David Price did so on Sept. 25, 2012.

“It took him two innings to get settled in, then he was really rolling from that point on,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Struggled with his slider a little bit early, but then it got locked in pretty good and did a real great job.”

After a leadoff single by Will Middlebrooks in the second inning, Santana retired 17 of the final 18 batters he faced. David Ortiz had Boston’s only hit in that stretch with a sixth-inning double.

“I was leaving a couple of pitches up in the first inning and after that I settled down,” Santana said. “It’s building a little bit. I feel comfortable every time I take the mound and I have confidence.”

Ryan Dempster took the loss, falling to 0-2. He went seven innings, giving up four runs and six hits, including a home run, and three walks with eight strikeouts.

Kansas City scored first on Alcides Escobar’s first-inning home run, his second homer of the season.

Boston went ahead in the bottom of the first when Nava, Pedroia and Ortiz hit consecutive one-out singles and Napoli’s groundout drove in a run.

But the Royals responded with three runs in the fourth. Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Butler scored on Lorenzo Cain’s double. After Dempster struck out Mike Moustakas and Jeff Francoeur, Salvador’s Perez single to center scored Hosmer and Cain, giving the Royals a 4-2 lead.

“I thought (Dempster) pitched with equal effectiveness as he has with each of his starts this season,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “They bunched those four hits in that fourth inning. After the three consecutive hits, he gets two strikeouts and nearly gets out of the inning.”

In his second game back from the disabled list, Ortiz went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. He is now 5 for 8 with a double and two RBI in two games. But he’s not satisfied with his performance.

“I’m battling right now,” Ortiz said. “Trying to do too much. Haven’t faced good pitching for months. I’m not going to lie to you, I don’t feel good at the plate right now.”

Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

NOTES: With his second-inning single, Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 10 games. … With his first-inning single, Pedroia extended a streak of reaching base safely to all 17 games this season and 27 straight going back to Sept. 21, 2012. He is the first Red Sox player to reach base in the team’s first 17 games of a season since Manny Ramirez did it in the first 23 games in 2001. … Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino left Saturday’s game with lower back tightness and was not available for either game on Sunday. … With a fourth-inning RBI double, Cain extended his hitting streak to five games. He has hit safely in 10 of his past 11 games, batting .475, going 19 for 40 with five doubles, a home run, six RBI, and six multi-hit games in that stretch. He grounded out in his first at-bat snapping his streak of hits in seven consecutive at-bats. … Dempster snapped Red Sox starting pitchers’ streak of allowing just three or fewer runs at 16 games this season. He gave up four runs. … Boston right-hander John Lackey, on the disabled list since April 7 with a biceps strain, is scheduled to make a rehab start for double-A Portland on Monday. … It was just the third win for the Royals in their last seven games after starting the season with a 6-3 record. … Salvador Perez has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, going 13 for 40 with three doubles and five RBI in that span.

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/21/sports/baseball/royals-halt-red-soxs-seven-game-win-streak/ printed on July 28, 2014