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Joe Kelly was a man of the people this weekend at Fenway Park

Joe Kelly was a man of the people this weekend at Fenway Park

The slam came off the bat of Xander Bogaerts - his second grand slam of the season and the team's sixth.

Despite four losses in their last seven games, the Red Sox have matched the second-best start in franchise history.

BC-BBA-Royals-Red Sox 2nd Ld-Writethru, 744What a month: Red Sox complete best April with win over KCAP Photo MAMD109, MAMD108, MAMD112, MAMD111, MAMD110, MAMD107Eds: Updates with new lead. Carlos Correa had two hits including an RBI single for the 'Stros, and game two features a good pitching match up tonight with Jordan Montgomery going for Houston, hoping to improve on his 2-0 start, while Houston counters with veteran star Justin Verlander, wh is 4-0 on the year and has a miniscule ERA of 1.36, the lowest he's boasted through six starts in his career. Lynn gave up six runs in five innings. Three relievers helped to shut down KC for the rest of the night.

Pinch hitter Nick Hundley capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning with a two-out, two-run, walk-off single, lifting San Francisco to a victory over visiting San Diego.

The Boston offense is putting up 5.7 runs per contest, including 4.3 per game over its last 10 games and 5.6 per game over its last five. Whit Merrifield hit a pair of RBI doubles, and Alcides Escobar also hit an RBI double for Kansas City. That's plenty comfortable heading into a series with the Yankees, and the confidence from that could be just what they need to again take 2 out of 3 from NY. Junis is 1-2 with a 5.89 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, four walks and 16 strikeouts over 18.1 innings in his last three starts, allowing eight homers in that span. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Sandy Leon drove in the other Boston runs. He gave up three hits and a walk with six strikeouts in his second win in 11 starts.

Moustakas left Monday's series opener after getting hit on the forearm by a pitch, but fortunately X-rays on the injured area came back clean. Sale earned the win in his last start, which came on the road Thursday against the Blue Jays. Last year, it took the Sox 31 games to reach 26 home runs.

Hard-throwing Brewers left-hander Josh Hader finished it off with a flourish, striking out eight in 2 2/3 innings and allowing only a walk to record his fourth save. Sale only made one start against the Royals in 2017 (1-0, 3.24 ERA and 10 strikeouts across 8.1 innings). Texas scored twice in the top of the eighth to go ahead 4-3, but the Indians regained the lead by scoring four times against Chris Martin (0-1).

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