Royals - 000 031 000 - 4 4 0Matsuzaka: 4.2-2-3-8-1, 112. Yeah, 8 walks.
Red Sox - 000 111 000 - 3 9 0
Dice worked out of a bases loaded/no out jam in the top of the fourth -- which was pretty remarkable as the first two outs were soft line drives to Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia -- and Adrian Beltre knocked in Youkilis in the bottom half and Boston led 1-0.
But then Matsuzaka totally lost it in the fifth, throwing 42 pitches and walking five batters, including one with the bases loaded.
After Bannister (6-9-3-0-4, 104) left, the KC pen shut down the Sox. Rob Tejada, Blake Wood, and Joakim Soria each pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
J.D. Drew had three singles, Bill Hall homered in the fifth, and Jason Varitek had an RBI double. Manny Delcarmen pitched two innings, retiring six batters on 21 pitches.
The Rays beat the White Sox 5-1 and the Twins beat the Yankees 8-2, so Tampa leads New York by 4.5 and Boston and Toronto are both 6.5 GB.
Brian Bannister / Daisuke Matsuzaka
White Sox/Rays at 7
Yankees/Twins at 8