Royals’ power surge leads to 6-3 win in series opener at Boston

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 26:  Eric Hosmer #35 high fives Jarrod Dyson #1 of the Kansas City Royals after hitting a three-run home run in the first inning during a game against the Boston Red Sox on August 26, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 26: Eric Hosmer #35 high fives Jarrod Dyson #1 of the Kansas City Royals after hitting a three-run home run in the first inning during a game against the Boston Red Sox on August 26, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

BOSTON (AP) — Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon homered, and Ian Kennedy allowed one run through five innings as the Kansas City Royals continued their monthlong hot streak with a 6-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

Kansas City has won 11 of its last 12 games and is 18-6 in August.

Kennedy (9-9) had a chance set a club record by allowing one or fewer runs in six straight outings of at least six innings. But he left with a runner on after 5 1/3 innings and wound up charged for two earned runs in the game. He finished with nine strikeouts.

Kelvin Herrera earned his 10th save.

Lorenzo Cain added a solo homer in the eighth inning.

Steven Wright (13-6) took the loss in his first game back off the disabled list with a right shoulder strain, giving up five runs and seven hits.