KC winning streak halted in 7-3 loss against Red Sox

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eduardo Rodriguez pitched capably into the seventh inning, Mookie Betts had a career-best four hits and the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 on Friday night.

Rodriguez (3-1), who gave up nine runs in 4 2-3 innings in his previous start against Toronto, allowed one run and six hits in 6 1-3 innings. Alcides Escobar’s RBI-double in the fifth was the first run he allowed on the road in 18 1-3 innings.

The Red Sox batted around in a five-run second inning, which included an RBI-single by Betts. Blake Swihart contributed a two-run double, while Mike Napoli drove in two runs with a single.

Betts is 13 for 22 in his past five games, raising his average to .267.

Boston’s Hanley Ramirez hit his 14th home run in the fifth.

The Royals had won four straight against the Milwaukee Brewers ahead of Friday night’s defeat.