Big inning costs Red Sox against Royals

Ross Houston
August 30, 2016

Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia hits a single during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.

Stunned by an eight-run rally Sunday night that cost them the series finale against the Kansas City Royals, the Boston Red Sox look to Rick Porcello to reverse their fortunes. "And I've got huge shoes to fill, I know that". Salvador Perez hit his third home run in two days and the Royals took two-of-three from the Red Sox, keeping their Wild Card hopes alive.

David Ortiz hit his 31st homer of the season, tying Jimmie Foxx for 18th place on the all-time list with 534, and Xander Bogaerts had a two-run single in a three-run fifth inning for Boston.

The Red Sox will face Jake Odorizzi on Tuesday after he beat them last Thursday in Tampa Bay, going 7 innings and allowing just one run on five hits and three walks while striking out four.

Rodriguez gave up five runs on four hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Strahm got Ortiz to hit into the Royals' fourth double play in five innings, and the Kansas City offense struck in the sixth.

Royals cleanup hitter Eric Hosmer led off the sixth with one free pass. Switch-hitter Kendrys Morales followed with a ground-rule double to right field immediately after, and Rodriguez' second-to-last act was to walk to catcher Sal Perez.

"I was just looking fastball".

Rodriguez, making his first start since leaving his August 16 outing at Baltimore due to hamstring rightness, was leading 4-2 entering the sixth, when the Royals rang up their biggest inning since August 5, 2013.

Matt Barnes, the first Sox reliever on the scene, was charged with five runs, struggling as most every Sox reliever has this month aside from Craig Kimbrel.

Robbie Ross Jr. relieved and gave up Hosmer's two-run single off the Green Monster before getting the final two outs.

Chris Young reached on his second infield hit to start the home fifth and rode to third when center fielder Orlando missed Sandy Leon's long fly ball. Neither pitcher earned a decision in that game, won 4-3 by the Rays in 11 innings, and Porcello takes his second shot at a major-league-leading 18th win in the rematch.

Price (13-8) won his fourth straight start, giving up two runs in six innings to lower his ERA to 3.97, the lowest it's been since after his first start of the season.

Dustin Pedroia has left the Red Sox following a death in the family and is expected back after Monday night's game.

Red Sox: Farrell said RHP Koji Uehara (strained chest muscle) had another strong bullpen session. Tony Conigliaro blasted 32 homers to go along with 82 RBIs in 1965 at age 20. Tonight, unfortunately is one of those times I didn't get the job done. "He threw the ball well and we just had a couple of chances there, but he's a good pitcher and he made some quality pitches to get out of some stuff". "But we'll be fine".

The Royals begin a 3 game series with the New York Yankees Monday night.

NOTES: Tampa Bay RHP Alex Cobb, who hasn't pitched since September 28, 2014, and is coming off Tommy John surgery, returns to the mound Friday night at home against Toronto.

Righty Rick Porcello (17-3, 3.23) will start opposite righty Matt Andriese (6-5, 3.71) in the first game Monday.

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