Walks by Eduardo Rodriguez set stage for ugly sixth inning

Ross Houston
August 31, 2016

Even Royals manager Ned Yost could appreciate the run Pedroia was on. "It's got to be a different guy every night".

The Red Sox (72-58) are two games behind the first-place Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East, and they are a game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles for the first AL wild card. Dillon Gee makes the Start for the Royals with first pitch set for 7:15.

Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon homered, and Ian Kennedy allowed one run through five innings as the Kansas City Royals continued their monthlong hot streak with a 6-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night. Andriese has fared well against Boston in his career, going 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA and 0.83 WHIP in four games (two starts) while limiting the Red Sox to a.193 average.Tampa Bay is looking to become the first team to defeat Porcello at home this season, as the 27-year-old is 12-0 with a 2.96 ERA in 13 starts at Fenway Park.

Yordano Ventura faces off against Eduardo Rodriguez with the Royals having the chance to gain ground in the Wild Card hunt. Kansas City defeated the Red Sox 6-3. The Boston Red Sox have an ERA of 4.15 and have lost five straight games when allowing more than three runs.

Danny Duffy (11-2) gave up three homers and seven runs in five innings, halting a personal 10-game winning streak.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (2-5, 5.11) is expected to start for the first time since leaving his August 16 start with tightness in his left hamstring.

"Obviously, always the biggest inning is the shutdown inning after we take the lead", manager John Farrell said. The Sox haven't made any roster moves to fill the hole, so Pedroia is expected back very soon. "They were selling out on everything and I just didn't keep the ball down".

"We never quit or put our heads down", Mondesi said. "He was a little erratic at times, in the middle of the plate, particularly to Perez, first-pitch fastball to get them up on the board".

After Farrell replaced Barnes with Robbie Ross, Hosmer hit a single to bring home Cuthbert and Cain for a 10-4 lead.

"It unfortunately didn't go the way I hoped", said Barnes, who was charged with five runs and didn't get an out. He walked two and only struck out one, but he was bit by two fielding miscues in Boston's three-run fifth. Chris Young singled and Orlando dropped Sandy Leon's fly at the track, putting runners on second and third before a walk.

ROCKIES 9, NATIONALS 4 (11) Charlie Blackmon hit two home runs, including the goahead shot in the 11th inning, as Colorado beat host Washington to snap a four-game losing streak.

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