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Kansas City at Boston

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Red Sox 9, Royals 3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- In a season that's quickly turned sour for Boston, David Ortiz is giving Red Sox fans something to cheer for.

Ortiz hit his career-high 48th home run and Wily Mo Pena drove in two runs to help the Boston Red Sox snap a three-game losing streak with a 9-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Big Papi now stands two homers shy of tying the single-season franchise record for home runs. Jimmie Foxx set the record with 50 in 1938.

"It seems like it's a big deal here, so let's see if we can get it done," said Ortiz, who went 2-for-3 and scored three runs. "You've just got to take a couple of good swings, right? I've got plenty of time."

The Red Sox avoided being swept at home by the Royals for the first time since April 26-29, 1996. Boston remained 7½ games behind the Minnesota Twins, who beat Detroit 12-1 Sunday, in the wild-card race. The Red Sox trail the New York Yankees by 10 games in the American League East.

Pena, who started in left field and batted cleanup in place of Manny Ramirez, went 3-for-4. Ramirez sat out with a sore right knee and was expected back Tuesday in Baltimore. Boston snapped a five-game losing streak to Kansas City.

Julian Tavarez (3-4) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings to win his first decision since moving into Boston's starting rotation Aug. 31 after making 52 relief appearances.

"Every time I go out there and I go four or five innings, I'm going to say I had a good outing because what I'm doing right now I wasn't prepared for," Tavarez said. "This is something I'm doing because my team needs it."

Tavarez, who before this season hadn't started a game since Sept. 17, 2002, didn't allow a hit until Emil Brown singled with two outs in the fourth inning. Tavarez allowed one more hit in the fifth before the Royals scored three runs in the sixth to pull within 5-3 and chase him from the game. Bryan Corey relieved Tavarez and got out of the inning by striking out Shane Costa and getting Ryan Shealy to ground out to shortstop.

The Red Sox then scored three runs in the sixth to extend their lead to 8-3.

After Alex Gonzalez flied out to center to lead off the inning, Youkilis reached second when center fielder Joey Gathright dropped a routine pop fly and scored on Mark Loretta's single up the middle. Ortiz then followed with a two-run homer off lefty Andrew Sisco to give Boston an 8-3 lead.

"They don't chant M-V-P just because the guy's an average hitter," Sisco said. "If you make a mistake, inches can mean hundreds of feet, literally. You don't get a lot of second chances against a guy like that."

It was Ortiz's first homer since returning to the lineup Tuesday after missing eight games with heart palpitations. He went hitless in his first two games back before going 6-for-12 in three games against Kansas City.

"Everything was happening kind of fast at the time," said Ortiz, whose previous career high for homers (47) came last year. "I spent 10 days without grabbing a bat or seeing a baseball, so right now it's a totally different situation."

The Royals missed out on the chance to sweep their first road series since July 11-13, 2003, when they won three straight against the Texas Rangers. Kansas City has gone 86 consecutive road series without a sweep, the longest stretch in franchise history and the third-longest in the majors since 1923.

"Sweeping these guys at home would have been nice," Kansas City catcher John Buck said. "But the next step in the learning process is not to be satisfied with two wins and obviously go after that third one."

Brown went 2-for-4 with two RBI for Kansas City.

Mark Redman (9-9) allowed five runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings, snapping his two-game winning streak. Redman had allowed one run in 16 innings in his two previous starts -- a 2-0 win over Minnesota on Aug. 29 and a 7-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 3 -- but was touched early by Boston.

The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Pena's RBI single. Boston then scored three more runs in the third to extend its lead to 4-0.

Mike Lowell went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Red Sox.

Notes

Boston OF Coco Crisp sat out with an injured left index finger. He is expected to return Tuesday in Baltimore following Monday's off day. ... Kansas City DH Mike Sweeney was a last-minute scratch with tightness in his right oblique. Royals manager Buddy Bell said Sweeney is day to day. ... Kansas City and Boston are both 23-34 since the All-Star break. ... Kansas City won the season series with Boston for the first time since 2000. ... Brown had his first multi-RBI game since driving in three against Boston on Aug. 8.

 
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Players of the Game
Boston

D. Ortiz
AB 2
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Kansas City

E. Brown
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Kansas City Royals
Joey Gathright, CF4110020
Esteban German, 2B2100200
David DeJesus, LF3111111
Emil Brown, RF4022001
Shane Costa, DH4000023
Ryan Shealy, 1B4010011
John Buck, C4010021
Jeff Keppinger, 3B3000101
Andres Blanco, SS4000012
Totals323634910 
Batting
2B - Emil Brown (, Tavarez)
RBI - David DeJesus (), Emil Brown 2 ()
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - David DeJesus 1
E - Andres Blanco (, Throwing), Joey Gathright (, Dropped fly)
Kansas City Royals
Mark Redman (L,-) 4.2955320
Mike Wood 0.2121000
Andrew Sisco 0.1211201
Scott Dohmann 1.1000020
Jose Diaz 1111310
IBB - Lowell by Andrew Sisco
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Redman 113-70, Mike Wood 17-9, Andrew Sisco 18-8, Scott Dohmann 16-12, Jose Diaz 27-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Redman 5-6, Andrew Sisco 1-0, Scott Dohmann 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Redman 25, Mike Wood 4, Andrew Sisco 5, Scott Dohmann 4, Jose Diaz 7
Boston Red Sox
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4310110
    Dustin Pedroia, 2B0000000
Mark Loretta, 2B5221011
    Carlos Pena, 1B0000000
David Ortiz, DH2322300
    David Murphy, PR-DH0100000
Wily Mo Pena, LF4032001
Jason Varitek, C4000104
    Ken Huckaby, PR-C0000000
Mike Lowell, 3B4022112
Trot Nixon, RF3010202
Gabe Kapler, CF5021017
Alex Gonzalez, SS5000014
Totals3691388521 
Batting
2B - Wily Mo Pena (, Sisco), Mike Lowell (, Redman)
HR - David Ortiz (, Sisco)
SF - Wily Mo Pena ()
RBI - Mark Loretta (), David Ortiz 2 (), Wily Mo Pena 2 (), Mike Lowell 2 (), Gabe Kapler ()
2-OUT RBI - Mike Lowell (), Gabe Kapler ()
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - A. Gonzalez-Loretta-Youkilis
E - Julian Tavarez (, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
Julian Tavarez (W,-) 5.1533250
Bryan Corey (H,) 1.2000020
Javier Lopez 1000110
Craig Hansen 1100110
Pitches-Strikes - Julian Tavarez 79-52, Bryan Corey 19-15, Javier Lopez 14-7, Craig Hansen 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Julian Tavarez 9-1, Bryan Corey 2-1, Javier Lopez 2-0, Craig Hansen 1-1
Batters Faced - Julian Tavarez 22, Bryan Corey 5, Javier Lopez 4, Craig Hansen 5
Game Information
Attendance - 35703
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor