Red Sox Hammer Royals, 11-5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals (9-19, 2-13 home) fell back to 10 games under .500 on Monday night, after they suffered an 11-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox (12-16, 8-6 away) at Kauffman Stadium.
Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks smacked a three-run home run in the first inning to give Boston a 4-0 lead.
Royals left-handed starter Jonathan Sanchez (1-2, 6.75 ERA) was charged with the loss. He lasted 3 innings, gave up six runs on six hits, struck out three, and walked three.
Royals long-reliever Nate Adcock (2.89 ERA) also pitched 3 innings. He gave up one run on seven hits, struck out three, and walked one.
In the seventh, down 7-5 with one out and the bases loaded, Royals designated hitter Billy Butler hit into a double play to end the inning.
Middlebrooks went yard again in the eighth to put the Red Sox up 11-5. The lopsided win snapped Boston’s five-game losing streak.
The Royals now own a Major League worst 6.45 ERA when pitching at home this season.
Royals left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy (2-2, 3.57 ERA) is scheduled to start against Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard (2-3, 4.38 ERA) on Tuesday night for game two at Kauffman Stadium.