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Clay Buchholz threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings in Kansas City, frequently hitting 97 miles per hour with his fastball, to lead the Red Sox to a 10-3 win over the bumbling Royals on Thursday night. Boston won the last two games to split the four game series with the lowly Royals.
Kansas City made five errors, three of them leading directly to Red Sox runs.
Muttonchopped losing pitcher Anthony Lerew, (promoted from AA for tonight’s start when journeyman Bruce Chen was placed on the DL) allowed four runs, but only two were earned, as Yuniesky Betancourt and Alex Gordon made run-scoring errors behind him.
David Ortiz lashed Lerew with a solo shot to ignite a three-run rally in the 4th inning.
Boston increased the lead to 5-0 in the 6th on Dustin Pedroia’s RBI double, then pushed it to 6-0 in the 8th when Betancourt comically made his second run-scoring boot of the night.
Buchholz, now 7-3, 3.21 ERA on the season, took a shutout into the 7th. He fanned 8 Royals, and has allowed only 6 runs in his last 6 starts, 18 runs in his last 10 starts.
The Royals touched Ramon Ramirez for a couple of runs in the eighth when Billy Butler smashed a two-run homer to left. The previous inning ended when Ramirez allowed Betancourt to hit a deep drive to left with two out and two on that was caught against the fence by Jason Bay.
After Butler’s home run, Kansas City continued to cut into the lead, getting it to 6-3 with one out in the 8th, after Takashi Saito walked in a run. With the bases loaded and the tying run on first, Saito got out of the inning by getting Alex Gordon to hit into a 3-6-1 double play. Replays showed that Gordon was actually safe at first, costing the Royals at least one run.
In the top of the 9th, the Red Sox broke the game open, adding four more runs, the key hit being Ortiz’s two-run double.