Rick Porcello tossed seven innings of three-run ball as the Red Sox edged the Royals 7-4 in Kansas City. Heath Fillmyer surrendered four runs across four-and-a-third to take the loss in his first big-league start for Kansas City. Jorge Bonifacio had two hits and two RBI for the Royals, who are on a nine-game slide.
The Royals were outscored in this three-game series 32-13 and the pitching staff allowed 45 hits.
Kansas City is 5-27 since June 1.
>>Royals’ Perez Named All-Star
Catcher Salvador Perez will be Kansas City’s lone representative in this year’s MLB All-Star Game. The All-Star rosters were released on Sunday. Perez is batting .213 for Kansas City this year with 11 homers. This is his sixth consecutive All-Star appearance.
>>Escobar’s Game Streak Ends At 421
The consecutive games streak for Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is over. His 421-game streak ended on Sunday when manager Ned Yost gave him the day off. That was the active streak in the league. Escobar is batting just .194 this season.