BOSTON The Red Sox entered the day winning at a .646 clip they havent maintained through a full baseball season since 1946.
Its a rocket-fueled pace theyll be hard-pressed to keep up, and Terry Franconas Boys of Summer slid back a little bit Thursday afternoon with a tight 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park.
Josh Beckett was saddled with his fourth loss of the season due to one bad frame in the fourth innning, and the Sox bats couldnt quite solve the Royals pitching after bombing them the two previous evenings.
Beckett was cruising until the fourth inning when a pair of walks to start the frame came back to haunt him. He made a few pitches to get ahead of Royals first baseman, but the country strong slugger smashed a low, outside fastball into the left field stands for a three-run bomb that jerked the lead away from Boston.