KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals (10-19, 3-13 home) put together a late rally on Tuesday night and beat the Boston Red Sox (12-17, 8-7 away) 6-4 at Kauffman Stadium.
Billy Butler’s late-game heroics proved to be too much to handle for the Red Sox.
Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy (2-2, 4.00 ERA) lasted 4 1/3 innings. He walked five and struck out one.
Boston went up 4-3 in the fifth inning, after a throwing error by Royals second baseman Chris Getz scored Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
In the eighth, Royals designated hitter Billy Butler crushed a towering 420-foot three-run home run into the left-field fountains to put the Royals up 6-4.
Royals reliever Jose Mijares (2-1, 2.51 ERA) earned the win after throwing two scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and struck out three. Royals closer Jonathan Broxton (1.69 ERA) retired the top of the Red Sox lineup to earn his sixth save of 2012.
The rubber-match of this series is set for Wednesday night at the K. Red Sox left-handed pitcher Jon Lester (1-2, 4.62 ERA) will start against Royals lefty Bruce Chen (0-4, 4.98 ERA).
Lester has been a Royals killer in recent years. He owns a 5-1 record and a 1.30 ERA in starts against the Royals.