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Kansas City at Boston

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Red Sox 5, Royals 4

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- A comeback win kept the Boston Red Sox in first place. Staying there could be tougher if Tim Wakefield is sidelined.

A back injury ended the knuckleballer's outing after four innings Monday night, and Boston rallied from a four-run deficit for a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals capped by Manny Ramirez's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

Wakefield, whose start was pushed back a day so he could rest his back, will undergo tests on his strained upper back Tuesday, and manager Terry Francona said "I guess I'm still hoping" he doesn't go on the disabled list.

Two other starters, Matt Clement and David Wells, already are on the disabled list.

The first-place Red Sox stayed one-half game in front of New York in the AL East as the Yankees beat Seattle 4-2 on Monday.

The Red Sox, who had lost four of five, hoped to stop their slide as they began a four-game series against baseball's worst team. But Luke Hudson shut them out for six innings while Kansas City took a 4-0 lead.

Boston tied the game in the seventh on Coco Crisp's RBI single and Doug Mirabelli's three-run homer before pinch-runner Willie Harris scored the winning run on Ramirez's fly ball to medium left field.

"We just didn't do much offensively for a while," Francona said. "Once Dougie hits that ball, the whole complexion of the game changes."

Mike Timlin (5-0) pitched a perfect eighth and Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth for his 27th save in 30 opportunities. Joel Peralta (1-2) was the loser as the Royals lost for the sixth time in seven games.

"We just can't seem to make a pitch when we need to," Kansas City manager Buddy Bell said. Peralta "has been throwing good for us. He went 3-2 on Mirabelli. He had to come in there."

Hudson allowed just two runners to reach second base in the first six innings, one on an error that broke Mark Grudzielanek's 95-game errorless streak, 18 last year with St. Louis and 77 this year with Kansas City, a club record.

The Royals had taken a 3-0 lead in the second and made it 4-0 in the sixth against Manny Delcarmen.

Wakefield hit Emil Brown with a pitch then retired the next two batters. But Mark Teahen singled and Joey Gathright walked, loading the bases. John Buck walked, forcing in the first run, and David DeJesus followed with a two-run single.

Delcarmen pitched a scoreless fifth then allowed a run in the sixth when Teahen singled, Gathright walked and both advanced on Buck's sacrifice bunt. Teahen then scored on DeJesus' groundout.

Hudson said he was relying on "fastballs. They're a good hitting ballclub. You have to get ahead of them" in the count.

Boston tied it in the seventh when singles by Ramirez, Mike Lowell and Crisp produced one run and chased Hudson with one out. Peralta then threw a 3-1 pitch that appeared to be a ball, and Mirabelli took four steps toward first base before home plate umpire Jim Joyce called it a strike.

Mirabelli lined the next pitch into the seats in left for his third homer.

"I had no idea what he was going to throw there," Mirabelli said. "It's nice any time I can add to the offense. It takes a little pressure off the big guys."

Peralta left after Mark Loretta's leadoff single in the eighth. Andrew Sisco allowed a single to David Ortiz that sent Loretta to third. Harris pinch ran and scored just ahead of left fielder DeJesus' throw on Ramirez's fly ball off Todd Wellemeyer.

"Putting Willie on third makes them play the infield in all the way, rather than maybe two or three steps deeper with Loretta there," Francona said. "In a game like that, you don't know if one step will be the difference, and it was."

Notes

The Red Sox passed the 1.5 million mark in attendance in their 42nd home game, the earliest they've done that. Their 268th straight home sellout crowd, 36,436, boosted their season total to 1,521,334. ... Red Sox infielders made three outstanding defensive plays, two by shortstop Alex Gonzalez and one by second baseman Loretta. ... Kansas City's Tony Graffanino had his career-best 10-game hitting streak ended. ... Kansas City suffered its major-league high 20th blown save. ... Ortiz had his sixth career stolen base in the eighth, his first since July 10, 2005.

 
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Players of the Game
Boston

C. Crisp
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Boston

D. Mirabelli
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF5013001 .307
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B5000014 .286
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B5010000 .280
Emil Brown, RF3110001 .284
Matt Stairs, DH4010023 .268
Tony Graffanino, SS3000113 .272
Mark Teahen, 3B4220002 .269
Joey Gathright, CF2100100 .209
John Buck, C2011100 .243
Totals334743414 
Batting
2B - John Buck (13, Wakefield)
SH - John Buck (2)
RBI - David DeJesus 3 (24), John Buck (32)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus 2 (13), John Buck (14)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - David DeJesus 1
DP - Teahen-Grudzielanek-Mientkiewicz, Grudzielanek-Mientkiewicz
E - Tony Graffanino (5, Misplayed grounder), Mark Grudzielanek (1, Wild throw)
Kansas City Royals
Luke Hudson 6.1833040 5.40
Joel Peralta (BS,2; L,1-2) 0.2222021 4.63
Andrew Sisco0100000 7.51
Todd Wellemeyer 1000120 4.54
Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hudson 94-57, Joel Peralta 20-12, Andrew Sisco 1-1, Todd Wellemeyer 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hudson 7-6
Batters Faced - Luke Hudson 25, Joel Peralta 4, Andrew Sisco 1, Todd Wellemeyer 4
Boston Red Sox
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4010011 .287
Mark Loretta, 2B4010000 .301
    Willie Harris, PR0100000 .156
    Alex Cora, 2B0000000 .305
David Ortiz, DH4020001 .280
Manny Ramirez, LF3111011 .306
Trot Nixon, RF4000011 .302
Mike Lowell, 3B3110110 .300
Coco Crisp, CF4131012 .274
Doug Mirabelli, C3113011 .191
Alex Gonzalez, SS3010021 .281
Totals325115188 
Batting
2B - Coco Crisp (9, Hudson)
HR - Doug Mirabelli (3, Peralta)
SF - Manny Ramirez (4)
RBI - Manny Ramirez (67), Coco Crisp (16), Doug Mirabelli 3 (14)
SB - David Ortiz (1, 2nd base off Wellemeyer/Buck)
Team LOB - 5
Boston Red Sox
Tim Wakefield 4433320 4.14
Manny Delcarmen 2211010 3.25
Craig Hansen 1100010 4.20
Mike Timlin (W,5-0) 1000000 2.43
Jonathan Papelbon (S,27) 1000000 0.56
HBP - E. Brown (by Tim Wakefield), Gathright (by Manny Delcarmen)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 39-26, Manny Delcarmen 13-10, Craig Hansen 2-2, Mike Timlin 6-5, Jonathan Papelbon 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 5-5, Manny Delcarmen 3-2, Craig Hansen 2-0, Mike Timlin 2-1, Jonathan Papelbon 2-1
Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 20, Manny Delcarmen 9, Craig Hansen 4, Mike Timlin 3, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36436
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Paul Schrieber