Red Sox Top Royals 5-1, Win Series
BOSTON — The Kansas City Royals have begun to cool off as of late, losing 5-1 to the Boston Red Sox on Monday afternoon at Fenway Park.
With the loss, the Royals (56-71, 30-38 away) end their road trip with a record of 2-5.
The underachieving Red Sox (62-67, 32-38 home) got a much-needed shot in the arm after taking 3 out of 4 from the Royals. They also win the season series 4-3.
Kansas City took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Alex Gordon that scored Jarrod Dyson. After an electrifying catch by Dyson in center field, the Red Sox fired back with a solo home run to right by center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, his second HR of the season.
An otherwise encouraging start by the Royals slowly turned into the Dice-K show. Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 5.10 ERA) frustrated the Royals all afternoon, giving up one run on five hits in 7 innings, striking out six and walking two.
Right fielder Cody Ross gave the Red Sox a 3-1 lead in the third with a two-run RBI single. In the sixth, Ross made it 4-1 with an RBI double.
It was a less than stellar performance by Royals starter Luke Hochevar (7-12, 4.93 ERA), but at least the bullpen got the day off. Hochevar surrendered five runs on eight hits in 8 innings, fanning six and walking one.
The Royals went 0-7 with runners in scoring position, while Boston went 3-4.
Luis Mendoza (7-9, 4.26 ERA) takes the hill against Tigers All-Star Justin Verlander (12-7, 2.50 ERA) for game one of three on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.