Royals Edge Red Sox 4-3, Win First Home Series

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It took until May, but the Kansas City Royals (11-19, 4-13 home) finally won their first home series of the season on Wednesday night, after grinding out a 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox (12-18, 8-8 away) at Kauffman Stadium.

This was a rubber-match between the two clubs in a couple of different ways. The Royals now lead the all-time series against the Red Sox, 217-216.

Royals left-handed starter Bruce Chen (1-4, 4.83 ERA) earned his first win of the season. Over 6 2/3 innings, Chen allowed three runs on seven hits, struck out five, and walked none. Red Sox lefty Jon Lester (1-3, 4.29 ERA) earned the loss. He lasted 5 innings, struck out three, and walked one.

Royals catcher Brayan Pena gave the Royals a 3-0 lead with a two-run RBI double in the second inning. Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez tied it up with a three-run RBI double in the third.

The go-ahead run came on an RBI double by Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, giving Kansas City a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning.

In the ninth, Royals left-fielder Alex Gordon made an amazing diving catch, that also prevented a Red Sox runner from tagging up at third. Royals closer Jonathan Broxton (1.54 ERA) retired former Royals infielder Mike Aviles to earn his seventh save of 2012.

The win over Boston caps a winning homestand for the Royals. They have the day off on Thursday, before they start a five-game road trip on Friday.

Royals lefty Felipe Paulino (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will start his second game of 2012 against Chicago White Sox lefty Gavin Floyd (2-3, 3.03 ERA) on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

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