Boston, MA - What started off as a rocky game for the Boston Red Sox against the Kansas City Royals quickly turned into an absolute rout, the likes of which Boston fans have yet to be treated to this season. David Price’s shaky start brought the Sox down into a 3-0 hole early in the game, but the team quickly rallied around him for some run support that resulted in a 15-4 victory, including a seven run ninth inning. Fifteen runs comes in as the most Boston has scored in any nine inning game this season. The match in which Boston secured a series victory against the Royals came in as the longest nine inning game that either team has played this season.
Price ended up with a no decision in the game as reliever Heath Hembree improved his record on the season to 4-1. The Red Sox improved to 61-29 on the season, good for the sole possession of first place in the American League East over the rival Yankees.
A plethora of hitters teed off against the Royals last night, including Andrew Benintendi, who hit a home run and a double for two RBIs while scoring four times off of an additional four walks. Mookie Betts also had himself a game against the Royals since he went four for six with an RBI while crossing home plate twice.
J.D. Martinez and Mitch Moreland also scored twice in the bloodbath, as well as shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who also netted a bases clearing triple to give Boston its first lead of the game back when the team thought they needed it.
The victory against the Royals did not come without a cost, though, as Christian Vazquez, who was responsible for a two run single in the seventh inning, ended up being placed on the ten day disabled list after the game with a pinkie injury.
Rick Porcello will get the start in today’s finale against the Royals and he will face off against Jakob Junis, who will undoubtedly be getting a lot of warnings from Brad Keller and Brandon Maurer, who combined to give up nine earned runs last night. Kansas City is well aware that Boston’s bats are a thing to be feared.