Royals - 300 000 600 001 - 10 14 1 Red Sox - 043 200 000 000 - 9 20 0The Red Sox bullpen blew a six-run lead, as seven straight Royals reached bases against Andrew Miller, Mark Melancon, and Craig Breslow (in order of both appearance and culpability). Then, in the 12th inning, the bottom of Kansas City's order staged a two-out rally against Clayton Mortensen, Boston's eighth pitcher of the night.
Tonight was only the sixth game since 1918 - and the first since September 1981 - in which the Red Sox banged out at least 20 hits and failed to score in double digits.
The 20 hits were a season high. Mauro Gomez had four hits, Cody Ross had three and six other Boston players had two. The only player in the starting lineup not to have at least two hits was Dustin Pedroia, who had one.
The Red Sox had built up a 9-3 lead thanks to the hitting of both Mauro Gomez (4-for-6, 3 RBI, his first major league home run) and Mike Aviles (a three-run dong in the second). Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie recorded eight outs and allowed seven runs.
Aaron Cook (6-7-3-1-0, 72) allowed hits to the first four batters of the game, but settled down after that, allowing only one baserunner past first.
Jeremy Guthrie / Aaron Cook
Podsednik, LFThe Red Sox have called up shortstop Jose Iglesias and outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin. They will play with a 24-man roster, as first baseman James Loney is expected to arrive in Boston tomorrow.