BOSTON – The Red Sox were swept in the day-night doubleheader Sunday at Fenway Park, losing the night cap, 5-4, in the 10th innings when Andrew Miller walked in the go-ahead run with two outs and the bases loaded on four pitches.
Right-hander Allen Webster, making his major league debut, started the second game and was greeted with a first-pitch double off the wall by Alex Gordon, who scored when the next batter, Alcides Escobar, hit an infield single. Shortstop Pedro Ciriaco threw the ball into the stands behind the Red Sox dugout, allowing Gordon to score. But Webster settled down, retiring the next three batters to end the inning.
Webster went six innings, giving up three runs (two earned), on five hits, including two home runs, and a walk with five strikeouts.
Mark Napoli went 3-for-4 with two RBI, and a run scored, falling a triple shy of the cycle for Boston.
The Red Sox got two runs in the second when Napoli led off against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie with his third home run of the season. Jarrod Saltalamacchia followed with a walk and scored on Mike Carp’s one-out double. They added a run in the third when Jacoby Ellsbury doubled and scored on Dustin 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 Alex Gordon, his first home run of the season.
But the Sox went ahead, 4-3, in the bottom of the inning. Napoli’s third hit of the game, a single to center, drove in Nava, who walked and took second on Pedroia’s single.
With two outs in the eight, Koji Uehara gave up a home run to Billy Butler, tying the score and ending Uehara’s streak of scoreless innings a 18 1/3 and 22 appearances.
In the 10th, after striking out pinch-hitter Miguel Tejada, looking, Miller 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 Lorenzo Cain, giving the Royals the eventual game-winning run. Miller (0-1, 6.75 ERA) was charged with the loss.
Kelvin Herrera earned the win for Kansas City, going 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.
STAR OF THE GAME: Alex Gordon
Gordon went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, an RBI, a double, and his first home run of the sedason, rasiing his average to .342. With one out in the 10th, he singled and eventually scored the winning run.
HONORABLE MENTION: Mike Napoli
Napoli went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI, falling a triple shy of the cycle. It was his first three-hit game since Sept. 30, 2012, while with the Rangers against the Angels. The home run, a game-tying solo shot to lead off the second, was his third of the season. He leads the Sox with 20 RBI.
He has reached base safely in his last 13 games, batting .327, going 17-for-52 with eight doubles, a triple, two home runs, 17 RBI, and four walks in that span. It is tied for the third-longest on-base streak of his career, after two 16-game stretches.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Andrew Miller
Miller faced seven batters in the 10th inning. After striking out pinch-hitter Miguel Tejada, looking, Miller 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 Lorenzo Cain on four pitches, giving the Royals the eventual game-winning run. Miller (0-1, 6.75 ERA) was charged with the loss.
THE TURNING POINT:
Miller’s four-pitch walk to Lorenzo Cain with two outs and the bases loaded in the 10th allowed what proved to be the game-winnign run to score.
BY THE NUMBERS:
The Sox were 3-for-14 with runners in scoring postion. They left nine runners on base.
QUOTE OF NOTE:
“Got to be more aggressive in the strike zone. I’m not doing my job. I felt way better tonight than the other night. I felt good tonight. My stuff is there. Generally I was ahead of guys except for those two hitters. I walked a guy on four pitches. I have to work on it. I didn’t execute and didn’t do my job.”