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It was a quick turnaround after the last out was recorded at 2:00 am Tuesday morning, but the Red Sox did not have a hangover. Although the Royals got to a struggling Andrew Miller, the Sox pounded 16 hits and managed 13 runs to beat the Royals 13-9. The offense was led once again by Dustin Pedroia, who went 4-5 (home run shy of the cycle) including three runs scored and one RBI. Pedey extended his hit streak to 23 games. David Ortiz also went 4-5 with five RBIs on the night. Kevin Youkilis had the night off to rest his ailing hamstring and Jacoby Ellsbury starting the game on the bench, but later entered to help spark a rally.
Andrew Miller did not bring his stuff on Tuesday night, allowing seven runs (five earned) and nine hits in only 3.2 innings, but Alfredo Aceves came in and stopped the bleeding (as usual). Aceves tossed 3.1 of shutout baseball to notch his sixth win of the year. He also improves to 20-2 in his career. He may be the best kept secret in baseball.
The big inning was the fifth, when the Sox were trailing 7-6. They put up a six-spot after the throwing error by Mike Aviles that led to two runs. Adrian Gonzalez added another RBI after that driving in Drew Sutton. Ortiz continued to have himself a night, singling in Marco Scutaro and Adrian Gonzalez and then Josh Reddick notched a sac fly to make it 12-7 Boston.
The Sox never looked back. Captain Jason Varitek added a solo shot of his own and the Royals pushed two more across before Franklin Morales shut the door.
The Sox will look to a streaking John Lackey, who has won his last three starts with an ERA of 1.86. Lackey has gone 19.2 striking out 18 and only walking two. With a win tonight, Lackey would be over .500 and his confidence will be sky high. First Pitch is at 7:10 pm at the Fens.