Red Sox slug way to win in Kansas City, 11-5

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Red Sox slug way to win in Kansas City, 11-5

KANSAS CITY -- Unleashing the long ball as their preferred weapon of choice, the Red Sox belted four homers -- accounting for all but one of their runs -- and dusted the Kansas City Royals, 11-5 to snap a five-game losing streak.

The win was Boston's seventh in their last eight games on the road following another disappointing homestand.

Rookie Will Middlebrooks, hard on the heels of his grand slam Sunday at Fenway, knocked in five runs with a three-run homer in the first which jumpstarted the offense and a two-run homer in the eighth when the Royals were closing in. He also had a double.

Dustin Pedroia -- two-run homer in the fourth -- and David Ortiz -- solo shot in the third -- also homered for the Sox, who pounded out 16 hits.

Felix Doubront, whom the Sox needed to give them some length after Sunday's 17-inning marathon, went 6 13 before fading in the seventh, having thrown a career-high 111 pitches.

He had retired 12-of-13 entering the seventh, but faltered with singles and a bases-loaded walk.

Vicente Padilla bailed the Sox out of that jam when he got Billy Butler to ground into an inning-ending double play, then went on to throw two more additional scoreless innings.

Over the last 14 games, the Red Sox bullpen has compiled a 1.44 ERA, with just nine earned runs over the last 56 13 innings.

Report: Red Sox eye ex-Oriole Pedro Alvarez for DH slot

Report: Red Sox eye ex-Oriole Pedro Alvarez for DH slot

The Red Sox have more or less withdrawn from the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, with Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald noting that much of their reluctance hinges on the likelihood that they’d exceed the new $195 million luxury tax threshold by locking the DH into a lucrative deal. That doesn’t leave them without options, however, and FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported that the club could be interested in 29-year-old corner infielder Pedro Alvarez, as well as fellow free agents Mike Napoli and Matt Holliday.

After playing just 10 games at DH from 2010 to 2015, Alvarez suited up as the Orioles’ primary designated hitter and part-time third baseman in 2016. His defense is sub-par, to say the least, but he batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 home runs for Baltimore in 2016.

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