The Boston Red Sox fell to the Kansas City Royals after a 13 inning struggle that saw Craig Kimbrel blow a save in the 9th inning.
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Chris Sale struck out six and gave up five hits and two runs, one of them earned, in seven innings. It wasn’t enough though for the Boston Red Sox to overcome the Royals after 13 innings. The Royals, currently in last place in the American League Central, tagged the Red Sox pitching staff for 15 hits, including two home runs. The Red Sox also committed four errors that contributed to the run deficit.
In what was supposed to be their final inning, the Red Sox brought in Craig Kimbrel to save the game in the 9th, but the Royals tied to game 4-4 when Royals left fielder Alex Gordon homered off Kimbrel. Kimbrel is currently two saves away from reaching the 300 save plateau. He’ll become the 29th pitcher in MLB history to reach that number.
Both teams battled it out in the 12th and 13th innings with each side scoring one run in the 12th. The Red Sox scored two more in the 13th but it wasn’t enough to overcome the three runs the Royals scored at the top of the 13th to win the game. Overall, the Red Sox sent six pitchers to the mound while Kansas City used eight, with the Royals’ Kelvin Herrera getting the win.
The Boston Red Sox take on the Kansas City Royals again Wednesday at 1:05pm at Fenway Park. Drew Pomeranz (0-1) will face off against Danny Duffy (0-3).