Less than a month ago, Red Sox starter Jon Lester held the Royals to one hit in eight innings. Tuesday, KC was determined not to let that happen again. This time around, Lester wasn’t so effective giving up four runs on six hits in five innings as the Royals won 6-4.
Luke Hudson was efficient in winning his fifth straight decision. Hudson contained an explosive Red Sox lineup to three runs and eight hits in six innings.
Boston pulled to with 5-4 in the seventh on David Ortiz’ major league-leading 41st homer off Jimmy Gobble, but Joel Peralta was able to finish the inning without allowing a run. Emil Brown’s solo homer in the bottom half gave the Royals some extra breathing room.
Kansas City did receive a scare in the ninth. Ambiorix Burgos walked two batters bringing the winning run to the plate with one out, but was able to strike out Manny Ramirez and retire Kevin Youkilis to earn his 17th save of the year.
Mark Grudzielanek had three hits for the Royals. Brown drove in three RBI. Mike Sweeney returned from the disabled list for the first time since May 1, he was 1-for-3.
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