Then the Red Sox scored six runs!
Manny grounded out to start the inning, but Lowell singled to center and Varitek homered into the Sox bullpen. 8-5. Wily Mo Pena doubled to left and scored on Crisp's groundball single to center. 8-6. Carlos Pena hit for Gonzalez and struck out. Crisp stole second before Youkilis walked. Loretta banged a first-pitch double into the left field corner, which brought in Crisp. 8-7. After swinging and missing a slider away, Ortiz got a fastball on the outside corner and drove it through through the shortstop hole. Two runs crossed and Boston led 9-8. It felt like old times. (Manny lined to right for the third out.)
Timlin came in for the save and blew it. A single, HBP and a bunt put Royals at second and third with one out. He got a huge strikeout, freezing Costa looking, but allowed a double to right from Joey Gathright. KC retook the lead 10-9. Lowell, Varitek and Nixon went down in order in the ninth.
Ortiz singled, doubled and tripled, and drove in four runs. ... Craig Hansen needed only eight pitches to retire the Royals in the seventh.
Javy Lopez has been released and Ken Huckaby is back in Boston. ... Tim Wakefield is penciled in for next Wednesday's game in Baltimore. Kason Gabbard will open the series on Tuesday and Curt Schilling may pitch on Thursday.
***DeJesus, LF Youkilis, 1B
German, 3B Loretta, 2B
Grudzielanek, 2B Ortiz, DH
Sweeney, DH Ramirez, LF
Brown, RF Lowell, 3B
Shealy, 1B Varitek, C
Buck, C Pena, RF
Berroa, SS Crisp, CF
Gathright, CF Gonzalez, SS
Odalis Perez (6.43) / Kevin Jarvis (9.37), 7 PM
Current Remaining? FinalNot too likely.
Twins 80-59 11-12 91-71
White Sox 80-60 11-11 91-71
Red Sox 75-65 17- 5 92-70