KANSAS CITY – The Royals sent 11 batters to the plate, scoring six runs in the sixth inning – one shy of the most given up in an inning by Red Sox pitchers this season – to erase a three-run deficit on their way to a 9-6 win Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Making his second start for the Sox, Jake Peavy lasted just five innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits, including two home runs, and a walk with no strikeouts. He was not involved in the decision, as his ERA rose from 4.14 to 4.50.
Left-hander Drake Britton took the loss, falling to 1-1 with his first blown save.
Mike Napoli broke out of his slump, going 2-for-3, with a run scored and three RBI. He reached base four times, with a single, a three-run double, a walk, and getting hit by a pitch. But it was not enough to get a win for the Sox, who fell to the Royals for the second straight game.
Left-hander Francisley Bueno got the win, going 2 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up one hit. Bueno entered in relief of right-hander Ervin Santana, who lasted just 3 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on five hits, including a home run, and two walks with two strikeouts and two hit batters.
The Sox scored first, with a run in the first, sending seven batters to the plate. But, the Royals came back with two runs in the second. Justin Maxwell led off with a home run. With one out Alcides Escobar singled and George Kottaras walked. David Lough’s two-out single scored Escobar, putting the Royals up by a run.
The Sox took the lead in the third on David Ortiz’s 22nd home run of the season. But the Royals answered in the bottom of the inning with Alex Gordon’s solo home run, his 12th of the season.
The Sox added three runs in the fourth, doing all their work with two outs. The Sox loaded the bases as Dustin Pedroia and Ortiz singled and Daniel Nava was hit by a pitch – his American League-leading 13th time this season – setting up Mike Napoli’s three-run double, putting the Sox up, 6-3.
The Royals broke the game open in the seventh, sending 11 batters to the plate. They opened with consecutive singles by Maxwell, Mike Moustakas, and Escobar for one run, ending Peavy’s outing with lefty Drake Britton entering. George Kottaras walked before Miguel Tejada, pinch-hitting, fouled out. David Lough’s sacrifice fly scored a run, and Eric Hosmer’s single through the shortstop hole scored two runs, ending Britton’s night. Right-hand Pedro Beato entered giving up an RBI single to Billy Butler, a walk to Gordon, and an RBI single to Maxwell, his second hit of the inning, before getting Moustakas to foul out to end the inning. But the Royals had done their damage, taking a 9-6 lead.
Greg Holland pitched a scoreless ninth for his 31st save.