KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eric Hosmer, Billy Butler and Justin Maxwell each collected three hits as the Kansas City Royals beat the Boston Red Sox 9-6 on Friday night.
Hosmer had a two-run single in the Royals’ six-run sixth. Maxwell, who homered in the second, had two hits in the inning.
Butler, also, contributed an RBI-double in the inning.
The Royals, who are 17-4 since the All-Star break, trailed 6-3 entering the inning.
After starter Ervin Santana’s early exit, four Kansas City relievers combined to shut down the Red Sox on two hits for 5 1/3 innings. Francisley Bueno picked up the victory, allowing one hit in 2 2/3 innings.
Drake Britton (1-1) was the losing pitcher.
Jake Peavy, who was making his second Red Sox start since being acquired in a July 30 trade from the Chicago White Sox, gave up three runs and seven hits in the first five innings.
Greg Holland logged his 24th consecutive save, working a flawless ninth, striking out two.
Mike Napoli, who snapped a season-worst five-game hitless streak on Thursday, put the Red Sox up 6-3 in the fourth with a three-run double to center.
After Royals right-hander Ervin Santana retired the first two batters in the fourth, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz singled and Daniel Nava was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Napoli drilled a 2-1 pitch to deep center to clear the bases and finish Santana’s evening.
Santana, who was 3-0 in his previous four starts, gave up six runs, nine hits and two walks and also hit two batters in 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.
Nava singled home Shane Victorino in the first inning for the initial Red Sox run. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, also, contributed a run-producing double in the second. Ortiz homered in the third.
Maxwell and Alex Gordon blasted bases-empty home runs for the Royals in the second and third innings. Rookie David Lough’s two-out single in the third scored Alcides Escobar with the third Kansas City run.
NOTES: Royals OFs Lorenzo Cain and Gordon added a hit before Friday’s game. After an appeal, both were awarded hits from last Sunday’s game at New York in which Daniel Murphy and Marlon Byrd were originally charged with errors after losing balls in the sun. … Red Sox RHP Alex Wilson, who went on the disabled list July 9, continues to have problems with his right thumb. “He’s having recurring discomfort,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “He’ll have to be re-examined by a hand specialist.” … Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury stole his major league-leading 41st base in the second inning.
YANKEES 4, TIGERS 3: Brett Gardner singled with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning as the New York Yankees overcame a second straight blown save by closer Mariano Rivera and ended the Detroit Tigers’ 12-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium.
Gardner had three hits and his winning single off Al Alburquerque (2-3) to left field that scored Jayson Nix, helping the Yankees snap a four-game losing streak and stay above .500 (58-56).
The game marked the home debut for embattled third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who appeared in his fourth game since deciding to appeal his 211-game suspension for being involved with the Biogenesis clinic.
Rodriguez heard a mix of boos and cheers from the crowd and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts that resulted in loud boos from portions of the 46,505 fans comprising the fourth sellout of the season.
Rodriguez was not in the game when the Yankees eventually won it after he was replaced defensively in the ninth by Nix.
Nix did not have a play in the field in the ninth when Rivera gave up a mammoth home run to Miguel Cabrera with two outs.
The Yankees were one strike from victory for the second straight game, but Cabrera drove a 2-2 fastball to straightaway center field for his 34th home run. After Prince Fielder doubled and Victor Martinez was intentionally walked, Rivera kept the score tied by retiring Andy Dirks.
The Yankees were poised to win it in the ninth, but Alfonso Soriano struck out against Jose Veras, stranding Robinson Cano.
An inning later, they pulled off the drama against Alburquerque (2-3) and it started when Nix walked and took second on a base hit by Curtis Granderson. After a brief mound meeting, Albuquerque faced Lyle Overbay as only Joaquin Benoit remained in the Detroit bullpen.
Alburquerque struck out Overbay as the runners advanced on a wild pitch. After intentionally walking Eduardo Nunez, he struck out Chris Stewart setting the stage for Gardner.
Shawn Kelley (4-1) picked up the win after retiring Torii Hunter for the final out of the 10th with two on.
Ivan Nova pitched through trouble in the first five innings. He left the bases loaded in the first by getting consecutive strikeouts of Martinez and Dirks.
Nova also avoided facing Cabrera and Fielder with men on base by getting Torii Hunter to make the final out of the second and fourth innings. Hunter grounded out to end the second and then flied out to the warning track in center field in the fourth.
The Yankees took a 1-0 lead on a run-scoring groundout by Soriano, but the rally stalled when Rodriguez struck out swinging on a fastball by Rick Porcello.
New York increased its lead to 3-0 on Cano’s two-run double to left-center field that just went over center fielder’s Austin Jackson. Cano took third on the throw home but was stranded there as Porcello fanned Soriano and Rodriguez before Granderson grounded out.
Rodriguez came up with runners at first and third and two outs in the fifth but flied out to right field.
ATHLETICS 14, BLUE JAYS 6: Josh Reddick hit three home runs and had five RBIs and Jarrod Parker won his sixth straight decision as the Oakland Athletics snapped a three-game losing streak with a 14-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.
Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes also homered for the A’s who had a season-best five home runs and have won just two of their past eight games. They outhit the Blue Jays, 17-11.
Lowrie had his third four-hit game of the season and added three RBIs.
Athletics’ second baseman Eric Sogard extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games with two hits. It is the longest hitting streak by an A’s player this season.
The Blue Jays hit two home runs against reliever Pat Neshek in a three-run eighth. Jose Bautista hit a solo blast for his 26th homer of the season and Colby Rasmus had a two-run blast, his 18th of the season.
Parker (8-6) has not lost since May 22 has compiled his winning streak over his past 13 starts starting May 28 and has a 2.90 ERA over that span. He held the Blue Jays to six hits and three runs in six innings before a crowd of 31,862 at Rogers Centre.
The A’s had seven hits including three home runs, two walks and seven runs in three innings against Blue Jays starter Esmil Rogers (3-7) who lost his fifth consecutive decision and has not won since June 18. The right-hander’s earned-run average over his past seven starts is 8.50.
The Blue Jays third pitcher of the game, left-hander Juan Perez, left during the A’s two-run seventh with an apparent injury. Sergio Santos came on to finish the inning on one pitch.
Perez gave up Reddick’s third homer of the game and his eighth of the season in the sixth inning with two runners on.
The Athletics led 4-0 before they made an out in the first. Coco Crisp led off with a single, Sogard walked and Lowrie hit his ninth homer of the season. Cespedes hit his 18th home run of the season to left on the next pitch.
Oakland added two runs in the second. Seth Smith led off with a double and Stephen Vogt walked. The runners moved up a base on a balk. Crisp singled in one run. The other scored on Sogard’s sacrifice fly to right that resulted in Crisp being doubled up at first.
The Blue Jays answered with three in the bottom of the second. Colby Rasmus walked with one out and came around to score on a double by Brett Lawrie when the ball skipped past Crisp in center field. Emilio Bonifacio singled in a run, stole second and scored on a double by Jose Reyes.
Oakland led 7-3 in the third after Reddick homered to right with two out.