American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Boston|
(Friday, August 24th)
Final Score: Boston 4, Kansas City 3
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Pedro Ciriaco's two-run double in the seventh
inning lifted the Boston Red Sox over the Kansas City Royals, 4-3, in the
opener of a four-game set.
Ciriaco finished the game 2-for-4 and also scored a run for the Red Sox, who
put the brakes on a four-game skid.
David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in a pair of runs in his
first game since landing on the disabled list July 17 with a right Achilles
"He looked like a sight for sore eyes," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said
of Ortiz's return. "The first two pitches that he saw, he drove both of them
Jon Lester (8-10) gave up three runs on six hits and four walks while striking
out six to earn his third consecutive win.
Andrew Bailey recorded the final out of the eighth and retired the side in
order in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season.
Eric Hosmer hit a solo homer and Alex Gordon had an RBI double for the Royals,
who lost for the third time in four games.
Kelvin Herrera (1-2) was pegged with the loss after giving up Ciriaco's double
in the seventh.
Bruce Chen started for the Royals and gave up three runs on eight hits
while striking out five over six-plus innings.
"Bruce threw the ball great, he really did," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "If
he doesn't walk the leadoff guy, I'm not so sure he doesn't get us through the
Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was a late scratch from Friday's lineup.
Gonzalez is one of the notable players involved in a proposed trade that,
according to multiple sources, would send the first baseman, along with
pitcher Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and infielder Nick Punto to the
Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for first baseman James Loney and prospects
Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, Ivan De Jesus and Jerry Sands.
Both Gonzalez and Beckett were reportedly claimed off waivers by the Dodgers.
Ortiz drove in two runs in his first at-bat. Ciriaco and Jacoby Ellsbury hit
back-to-back singles in the first inning before advancing on a groundout.
Ortiz followed with a line drive into center field.
Kansas City knotted the contest in the third. Hosmer clubbed a leadoff homer
before Gordon scored Alcides Escobar with a double off the Green Monster.
With the bases loaded and one out in the fourth, Johnny Giavotella beat out an
infield hit to score Mike Moustakas. Giavotella tapped a chopper past the
pitcher and it was fielded by first baseman Mauro Gomez, but Lester couldn't
get to first in time to catch Giavotella.
Ciriaco's two-run double in the seventh gave Boston the lead. With runners on
second and third Ciriaco sliced a hit down the left field line.
Lester appeared to slip on the mound in the eighth inning and was removed from
Prior to the game Ortiz was activated off the DL and pitcher Junichi Tazawa
was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Boston was 13-22 in Ortiz's absence ...
Gonzalez is currently in the first of a seven-year $154 million deal ...
Herrera blew his first save of the season.
08/25 01:37:01 ET