Red Sox - 012 010 000 - 4 9 0 Royals - 102 000 000 - 3 8 0Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs. The Muddy Laser broke a 1-1 tie in the third inning with a two-out, two-run single, then snapped a 3-3 tie in the fifth with another two-out single. He also stole a base, and doubled in the eighth.
Beckett (7-7-3-0-4, 110) kept the Royals at bay in the fifth and sixth innings, even though KC put the leadoff man on base both times. After Daniel Bard pitched the eighth, Jonathan Papelbon took the ninth. In his last 14 appearances (14 innings), Papelbon has allowed a paltry three hits and no walks and no runs, while striking out 15.
Ryan Lavarnway (DH) made his major league debut, batting seventh. He went 0-for-4, flying out to center three times and striking out looking. Lavarnway was called up because Kevin Youkilis went on the disabled list with a lower back strain.
Josh Beckett / Luke Hochevar
These guys faced each other on July 28 and each pitched seven innings. The Royals won 4-3. ... BRef: Jacoby Ellsbury's historically amazing season.
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