De La Rosa guides Sox past Royals, 2-1

De La Rosa guides Sox past Royals, 2-1
July 19, 2014, 10:00 pm
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BOSTON -- Call him erratic. Call him inconsistent. Call him effectively wild.

Rubby De La Rosa was all of those things at times on Saturday night, but by the time he was done he had another gem under his belt.

He walked four and scattered five hits but pitched out of jams all night, allowing just one run in seven innings to help the Red Sox beat the Royals in the second game of their three-game series, 2-1.

De La Rosa's start began ominously as he walked Royals leadoff man Jarrod Dyson on four pitches that were not in the vicinity of the strike zone. But he settled down as the game wore on, and he pitched effectively with men on base. In four of his seven innings, he stranded Royals at second without allowing a run.

The only blemish on the scoreboard came when Dyson led off the third inning with a triple to center field and scored one batter later on an Omar Infante sac fly.

The Red Sox were carried offensively by first baseman Mike Napoli, who was the only Boston player to reach base three times in the game.

He singled in the fourth and later scored on an error by Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who let a Shane Victorino ground ball go between his legs. Napoli then crushed a pitch offered up by Royals starter Danny Duffy up and over the light tower on top of the Wall to give the Red Sox the 2-1 lead.

Andrew Miller pitched a perfect eighth and Koji Uehara notched his 20th save of the season by tossing a 1-2-3 ninth.

Victorino, in his first game since being activated off of the disabled list, went 1-for-3 with a second-inning single.