Red Sox can’t hold off Roy­als

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SPORTS - By Ken Pow­tak

BOS­TON » Know­ing they’ve com­pletely re­cov­ered from their rough first two months of the sea­son, the Kansas City Roy­als are hav­ing a lot of fun.

Alex Gor­don’s two-run triple capped a four-run eighth in­ning, and the Roy­als ral­lied for a 5-3 vic­tory over the Bos­ton Red Sox on Sun­day, a day af­ter their sea­son-high, nine-game win­ning streak was snapped.

Al­cides Es­co­bar added a tworun sin­gle in the eighth and drove in three runs for the Roy­als, who lost in ex­tra in­nings on Satur­day af­ter tak­ing the se­ries opener.

“The vibes good right now,” win­ning pitcher Jason Ham­mel said. “The vibes real good.”

The Roy­als ended May in last in the AL Cen­tral eight games un­der .500. They’ve taken off and now trail first-place Cleve­land by two games af­ter the In­di­ans lost 3-1 to the White Sox in Chicago.

A few cheers went up in the club­house when the White Sox won.

Rookie Rafael Dev­ers hit a solo homer for Bos­ton and starter Drew Pomer­anz gave up one run on seven hits in 6 2/3 in­nings in his 100th ca­reer start.

Ham­mel (5-8) al­lowed three

runs on seven hits to end a six-start win­less streak. His last vic­tory also came against the Red Sox, at home on June 19.

Kelvin Her­rera got the fi­nal three outs for his 23rd save, get­ting Mookie Betts to fly out with the bases loaded.

Short­stop Xan­der Bo­gaerts booted Lorenzo Cain’s grounder for an er­ror to open the eighth and Eric Hos­mer had a hard sin­gle off the right hand and body of Matt Barnes (6-3). Salvador Perez then loaded the bases with a sin­gle.

“It opens the door, and then all of a sud­den there’s life in­stead of the po­ten­tial of an out, no­body on, against a team that is ag­gres­sive, play­ing with a lot of mo­men­tum,” Red Sox man­ager John Far­rell said of the er­ror.

Es­co­bar fol­lowed with his game-ty­ing sin­gle be­fore Gor­don greeted re­liever Robby Scott with his hit that rolled into the left-cen­ter gap and bounced off the edge of the bullpen wall in right­cen­ter, mak­ing it 5-3.

“It’s been an up and down sea­son. Early-on every­body was talk­ing about get­ting rid of all these play­ers and what not, and then we just kind of took it upon our­selves to play bet­ter,” Gor­don said. “It’s been a heck of a year and we like where we’re at right now.”

Be­fore the game, the Roy­als ac­quired out­fielder Melky Cabr­era from the Chicago White Sox for two mi­nor league pitch­ers in a bid to bol­ster their of­fense.

Gor­don en­tered the day hit­ting just .201 with five homers and 32 RBIs.

The switch-hit­ting Cabr­era is bat­ting .288 with 13 homers and 56 RBIs.

Bos­ton moved ahead 2-0 in the sec­ond on con­sec­u­tive RBI sin­gles by Mitch More­land and Chris­tian Vazquez.

The Roy­als sliced it to 2-1 on Es­co­bar’s dou­ble be­fore Dev­ers hit his sec­ond ca­reer homer, a drive that barely cleared the top of the Green Mon­ster and bounced onto the field.

It was orig­i­nally called “in play” and a dou­ble when he stopped, but over­turned by the um­pir­ing crew af­ter a brief re­view.

STEVEN SENNE — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Roy­als’ Eric Hos­mer, left, scores as Red Sox catcher Chris­tian Vazquez tries to get his glove on the ball in the eighth in­ning Sun­day in Bos­ton.

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