Same play, same result for disappointed Red Sox

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Same play, same result for disappointed Red Sox

SEATTLE -- The Red Sox had seen this all before: the potential winning run in scoring position, a ball hit to right fielder Cody Ross and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia waiting to simultaneously block the plate and handle the throw.

This one didn't turn out any better than it did Thursday night.

Two nights after suffering a walkoff loss in the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox experienced much the same situation in the bottom of the 11th inning Saturday night, and suffered the same result: a loss.

With Dustin Ackley on third, Chone Figgins drove a line drive to right field. Ross caught the ball and, with some momentum from charging the ball, uncorked an on-target throw to the plate.

But the ball short-hopped Saltalamacchia, skipping away as Ackley slid in with the winning run.

"It was a little tougher, I think,'' said Saltalamacchia in comparing the two plays, "just because the ball had a little top-spin, so Cody had to run in on it and catch it a little lower than usual. It short-hopped me a little bit. It was one of those plays where it was do-or-die on both sides of it. But it was a lot different than the night before (when John Jaso singled home Casper Wells from second).''

"It's a do-or-die,'' said Ross of the play. "Chone made a good job making some good contact. It's a tough play. There was some topspin on it and you have to worry about catching it first, and then make an accurate throw.

"I thought it was going to get there the whole way (on the fly) and it ended up short-hopping Salty. That's a tough play for him to make. That's two tough ones in the last few days. That's baseball.''

The Sox had brought the infield in with one out, and were hopeful that they could get Figgins to hit a ground ball.

"You want him to roll over and get a double play so we can get out of the inning,'' said Saltalamacchia. "We tried a pitch-out first, maybe thinking they were trying to squeeze. Then we tried to go hard in, maybe trying to get him jammed up and roll him over.''

Saturday's Red Sox-Royals lineups: Young in LF, Hill at 3B vs. KC lefty Duffy

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Saturday's Red Sox-Royals lineups: Young in LF, Hill at 3B vs. KC lefty Duffy

The Red Sox look to end their three-game losing streak tonight when the play the middle game of their three-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park.

Against Royals' left-hander Danny Duffy (11-1, 2.66 ERA), the Red Sox start right-handed hitters Chris Young in left field and Aaron Hill at third base. Duffy has won his past 10 decisions and came into Saturday with the fifth-best ERA in the American League. He joined the rotation from the bullpen on June 1.

Left-hander David Price (12-8, 4.00) gets the start for the Red Sox. Price has won his past three decisions, going eight, six and eight innings and not allowing more than three runs in each start. 

The Royals won the series opener 6-3 Friday night.

The lineups:

ROYALS
Paulo Orlando CF
Cheslor Cuthbert 3B
Lorenzo Cain RF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Salvador Perez C
Alex Gordon LF
Alcides Escobar SS
Christian Colon 2B
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Danny Duffy LHP

RED SOX
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Sandy Leon C
Chris Young LF
Aaron Hill 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
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David Price LHP

Quotes, notes and stars: Betts has first career five-hit night

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Quotes, notes and stars: Betts has first career five-hit night

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals

QUOTES:

"We continually do a great job in creating opportunities and I'm confident that (the struggles with men in scoring position) will turn.'' - John Farrell

"When you start off with a five-run spot in the first, that's a tough deficit to overcome.'' - Steven Wright.

"That's how it goes sometimes. Sometimes, we score when we're not expecting to and then when we need to score, sometimes it doesn't happen.'' - Mookie Betts on the team going 4-for-15 with RISP.

 

NOTES:

* The loss was just the third in the last 13 series openers for the Red Sox.

* The game marked the first time in 20 home games in which the Sox never led.

* Boston was 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

* The first four hitters in the order were 13-for-19 (.684). The fifth-through-nine hitters, however, were just 2-for-21 (.095).

* Mookie Betts (five hits) leads the majors with 55 multi-hit games.

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base in each of his last eight plate appearances.

* David Ortiz's double was the 625th of his career, passing Hank Aaron to move into 10 place in MLB history.

* Ortiz leads the A.L. in doubles (41) and extra-base hits (72).

 

STARS:

1) Eric Hosmer

Hosmer cranked a three-run homer into the Monster Seats four batters into the game, and the Royals were off and running with a five-run inning.

2) Ian Kennedy

The Royals starter wasn't dominant, allowing nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, but he bailed himself out of a number of jams and limited the Sox to just two runs.

3) Mookie Betts

Betts had his first career five-hit night and knocked in two of the three Red Sox runs, though he also got himself picked off first base.