Royals Split Series In Boston With Comeback Win


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They waited until the last inning, but the Royals were able to pull off a win in the finale of their four-game series against the Red Sox and grab a series split.

The Red Sox scored first in the second inning when Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled Rusney Castillo in before Josh Rutledge singled him in as well to give the Red Sox an early 2-0 lead.

The Royals picked up a run in the third inning when Alex Rios and Omar Infante led off the inning with singles. (That was not a typo). Drew Butera laid down a sacrifice bunt to push the runners to second and third before Alcides Escobar hit a sacrifice fly to score Rios and make the count 2-1.

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The Royals picked up two more runs in the top of the fourth when Eric Hosmer hit a one-out single and subsequently scored when Red Sox second-baseman Josh Rutledge made a throwing error followed by another throwing error made by center-fielder Mookie Betts. Mike Moustakas followed that madness up with a double to center to score Morales and the Royals had a 3-2 lead. They made it 4-2 in the sixth inning when Moustakas hit an opposite field home run.

The lead didn’t last long as the Red Sox tacked on runs in the bottom of the sixth when Pablo Sandoval led off with a double and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. David Ortiz hit a sac fly to left to score one. Travis Shaw doubled and scored on a single by Rusney Castillo. They scored two more in the seventh after a leadoff single by Ryan Hanigan was followed by a Jackie Bradley Jr. double that scored him. After being moved to third base on a sacrifice, Bradley Jr. crossed the plate on a Sandoval single and the ever-changing score was 6-4 in favor of the Red Sox.

The ninth inning was a madhouse. Omar Infante led off with a “triple.” He actually attempted to complete the inside-the-park home run but was called out on a throw to the plate. The Royals challenged the call but it stood and there was one out in the inning. Drew Butera and Alcides Escobar hit back-to-back singles but Ben Zobrist then lined out and the Royals were down to their final out. Lorenzo Cain singled to load the bases and Eric Hosmer came through with a single to tie the game at 6-6. Kendrys Morales walked to load the bases once again and Mike Moustakas came through with a ten-pitch at bat that resulted in a two-run double making the score 8-6.

Wade Davis came in to close it out and the Royals had their split. They start a four-game set against the Orioles tomorrow.