Red Sox - 010 003 000 - 4 8 2 Royals - 002 300 03x - 8 11 0After Travis Shaw's three-run homer brought the Red Sox to within one run with three innings to play, a comeback in Kansas City seemed possible. But Koji Uehara's disastrous eighth inning, in which the reliever committed a throwing error and surrendered a long home run to Paulo Orlando, spelled defeat.
Boston took an early lead when Jackie Bradley's double scored Shaw (3-for-4) in the second inning. Bradley's hitting streak is now at 22 games.
Rick Porcello (5-8-5-2-3, 106) started to fall apart in the third. Orlando led off with a triple and scored the game-tying run on a groundout. Eric Hosmer homered with two outs in the inning to give the Royals a 2-1 lead. Porcello then allowed four straight singles with one out in the fourth, including a two-run hit by Orlando, who finished the night 3-for-4 (a double shy of the cycle), with two runs scored, and four RBI.
The Red Sox had two-out singles from Hanley Ramirez and Shaw in the fourth, but Bradley ended the inning with a groundout. In the sixth, Dustin Pedroia singled. After Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz both popped up, Ramirez was hit by a pitch. Then Shaw crunched his sixth homer of the season, making it a 5-4 game.
Boston went in order in the seventh. Boagerts singled to start the eighth, but he was thrown out trying to steal, one pitch before Ramirez ended the inning bys striking out.
In the bottom of the eighth, Tommy Layne walked Salvador Perez and struck out Cheslor Cuthbert (who was also 3-for-4). Uehara came in and Omar Infante bunted his first pitch towards third. Koji bobbled the ball, and then threw it wildly down the right field line. Somehow, the slow-moving Perez scored from first and Infante pulled into third. Then Orlando hit a bomb to left to put the game out of reach. Koji also allowed a double to Lorenzo Cain, but stranded him at second.
Down by four in the ninth, Bradley worked a one-out walk, but pinch-hitter Marco Hernandez struck out and Brock Holt grounded out.
Boston stayed in a tie for first place because the Orioles lost to the Mariners 10-0.
Red Sox Months With .900+ OPS (Since 1913)
Month GAMES AVG OBP SLG OPS June 2003 26 .315 .388 .556 .945 May 2016 14 .327 .384 .559 .944 June 1950 29 .312 .401 .513 .914 May 1996 26 .303 .381 .523 .904