Roy­als get past Red Sox for ninth con­sec­u­tive win

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

BOS­TON — Sal­vador Perez and Mike Mous­takas home­red off emer­gency starter Rick Por­cello, who took over when David Price went back on the dis­abled list be­cause of in­flam­ma­tion in his left el­bow, and the Kansas City Roy­als beat the Red Sox 4-2 Fri­day night for their sea­son-high ninth straight win.

Bos­ton has lost five of six and nine of 14, drop­ping out of the AL East lead for the first time since June 29 and fall­ing a half-game be­hind the New York Yan­kees.

Price started the sea­son on the DL and didn't make his first start un­til May 29. The 31-year-old left­hander, win­ner of the 2012 AL Cy Young Award, is 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA.

Por­cello (4-14), who had been sched­uled to pitch Satur­day, leads the ma­jor leagues in losses. He al­lowed four runs and six hits in seven in­nings.

Ja­son Var­gas (13-4) gave up one run and five hits in six in­nings. Var­gas, who had been win­less in three starts since June 30, is one shy of his ca­reer high for wins, set in 2012 with Seat­tle.

Kelvin Her­rera pitched a one-hit ninth for his 22nd save in 25 chances, get­ting rookie Rafael Dev­ers to hit into a game-end­ing force­out af­ter An­drew Ben­in­tendi's two-out sin­gle.

Kansas City, which has re­bounded from a 7-16 start, is 15-8 in July and on its long­est win­ning streak since nine con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries from last Aug. 14-23. The Roy­als have outscored op­po­nents 67-27 dur­ing the streak.

Perez home­red over the Green Mon­ster in the sec­ond and Mous­takas made it 4-0 in the fourth. He hit his 30th homer in his 92nd game, the fastest to reach the mark in team his­tory, and he is six homers shy of the Kansas City sea­son record set by Steve Bal­boni in 1985.

Jorge Boni­fa­cio had sin­gled lead­ing off, and Eric Hos­mer beat the shift with a sin­gle to left that put run­ners at the cor­ners.

ASTROS 6, TIGERS 5 Josh Reddick hit a three-run homer in the eighth in­ning, lift­ing the Hous­ton Astros to a vic­tory over the Detroit Tigers. The Astros trailed 5-3 when Detroit brought

in re­liever Bruce Ron­don (1-2) to start the eighth. He al­lowed sin­gles to Derek Fisher and Jose Al­tuve be­fore Reddick’s drive sailed well be­yond the wall in right field.

RANGERS 8, ORI­OLES 2 Adrian Bel­tre had two RBI sin­gles to in­crease his hit to­tal to 2,998, Elvis An­drus home­red and the Texas Rangers beat the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles. No­mar Mazara had three dou­bles, driv­ing in two runs in the first to put the Rangers ahead to stay.

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

CAR­DI­NALS 1, DI­A­MOND­BACKS 0 St. Louis starter Michael Wacha pitched six in­nings and Jedd Gy­orko drove in the lone run with one of his three hits, lead­ing the Car­di­nals to a vic­tory over the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs. Wacha (8-4) al­lowed three hits. He has won five of his last six starts and im­proved to 7-1 in 12 starts at Busch Sta­dium this sea­son. Wacha fin­ished strong. He pitched out of a jam in the sixth. He gave up a sin­gle and dou­ble with two outs be­fore strik­ing out David Per­alta to end his night.

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