Royal flop for Red Sox

Ross Houston
August 30, 2016

The first batter Barnes faced - Alcides Escobar - hit a high chopper in front of the plate that Barnes had no play on to plate the first Royals run in the inning and then came the big blow when No. 9 batter Raul Mondesi cleared the bases with a three-run triple to right-center.

Manager John Farrell said the infielder will not go on the bereavement list and would return following services sometime after the start of Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

If you look back to the five-hit day he had on August 14, the last home game before the Red Sox left for an 11-game road trip, Pedroia is the first player in franchise history to have three consecutive four-hit games at Fenway Park.

Boston's Dustin Pedroia had four hits to extend his streak to 11 straight at-bats before bouncing into a double play with a chance to tie the major-league record.

- Clay Buchholz labored through the eighth inning, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while throwing 29 pitches.

Andriese (6-6) allowed 10 hits and noticed Boston's hitters laid off his changeup that was effective last Thursday when he went six innings, giving up three runs. Robert Gsellman makes his first major league start for the Mets. The Red Sox have won five of the last seven in this series, but the Rays have won their last two meetings with the Sox. The Blue Jays hold a slim lead in the division over the Red Sox and Orioles. "I didn't really catch what they were saying". Pedroia delivered a two-out RBI single in bottom of the fourth, and Mookie Betts and Ramirez hit back-to-back solo home runs in the fifth for a 7-2 Boston lead. "He was kind of wild in the zone a little bit".

Brock Holt drove in the first run with a groundout before Xander Bogaerts' two-run single. He also added a double. Shaw's infield hit wound up making it 7-3.NOTES: 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.

"As a staff, we're losing sleep over it", Cash said Sunday, according to the Tampa Bay Tribune. The Red Sox hope to get RHP Koji Uehara, out since late July with a pectoral muscle injury, back in the bullpen by next Monday. "That's what I set out to do", he said.

The Rays started pitcher Matt Andriese, who lost his sixth decision in his winless 13-game winning streak.

Duffy had allowed two or fewer runs in five straight starts - and six of seven - before Boston took care of that string with two each in the first and second innings.

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