Sox cough up lead, fall to Royals

Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia, hit in back Sunday, not in lineup Monday

Red Sox pitching continues to lead the way, bats have been spotty

He allowed just four hits and even registered one of his own in the losing effort.

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is not in the starting lineup for Monday's series-opening game against the host Kansas City Royals.

Sale (9-3) increased his major league-leading strikeout total to 146. It was the 10th of the year for Benintendi, second-most on the team.

"A little frustrating", Sale said, "but at the end of the day we got the win".

The bullpen meltdown spoiled a good outing from starter Drew Pomeranz who allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings, while scattering six hits.

I know Sale is one of the game's best, and I'm not expecting Strahm to outduel Sale here. I'll never settle. When you start settling you get complacent and when you get complacent you suck. "When you get complacent, you suck".

The Royals have won nine of 11 and moved within a game of.500. The Red Sox are 29-1 in games he appears in. "He locates all his pitches, throws hard and has great stuff".

"With the go-ahead run at the plate with the possibility of left-on-left to try to get a ground ball, there's four wide ones again", Farrell said. "I was able to do that in that first at-bat". Since then, Kansas City is 21-14 and has made gradual progress in digging out of the bad start. "He threw more changeups tonight". As he maneuvered through the Royals' lineup, he unleashed a 95 miles per hour fastball, a disappearing change-up and a slider that confounds left-handed hitters.

Pedroia was the second batter hit by Astros pitcher James Hoyt in the seventh inning Sunday night. Xander Bogaerts and Sandy Leon each collected two hits and two RBIs. The Blue Jays won despite blowing a 5-1 lead in their first visit to Texas since last postseason.

What an implosion by the Red Sox bullpen.

Hammel scattered seven hits without a walk, stranding seven along the way, and the only damage against him came in the fourth inning. Jackie Bradley Jr. accounted for both Red Sox runs by way of a two run home run as part of a 3 for 4 day at the dish. Today, coming into the clubhouse, I put it in my locker. "It's definitely pretty special". The Red Sox had taken sole possession of first place the night before, and they had a 4-2 lead heading into the eighth, with their late-inning relievers rested and ready. Eric Hosmer led the charge by going 1 for 2 with a two run home run. In his second start since joining the rotation, Strahm was on a pitch count of close to 85 pitches.

"Those are frustrating pitches", Kennedy said. "I just found a hole".

Kansas City tacked on another run in the third when Whit Merrifield drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to right field. He faced 17 batters. But weather cancellations paired with trying to get a direct flight meant the players had to sit around the airport waiting for the Red Sox to find a way out. They placed 3B Pablo Sanchez on the disabled list with an ear infection. They optioned LHP Eric Skoglund to the Storm Chasers.

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