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Red Sox 7, Royals 1

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When Gold Glove third baseman Mike Lowell committed errors on consecutive ground balls, Josh Beckett figured it was time for payback.

"As many times as he's picked me up in my career, I wanted to pick him up so bad," the Boston right-hander said. "That's why I was so pumped when we got that last out."

With the help of a fine running catch by right fielder J.D. Drew, Beckett and the Red Sox escaped damage in Lowell's third-inning meltdown and went on to a 7-1 victory over Kansas City on a cold Wednesday night.

"I have no one to blame but myself," said Lowell, who also had a throwing error with two out in the ninth. "Everyone's playing under the same conditions. There were plenty of plays made out there. I didn't do it. I can't give you anything cool."

The three errors were exactly half the number Lowell committed in 153 games in 2006 when he tied the AL record for third basemen with at least 135 games played. His .977 fielding percentage coming into the season was tops among major league third baseman with at least 1,000 games.

With one out and two on courtesy of Lowell's balky glove, Beckett came back from a 3-0 count to strike out Mark Teahen. Then Mike Sweeney hit a slicing line drive into the right-center gap that the swift Drew ran down to end the inning.

"I almost kissed J.D. Drew after he made that play in the gap," Lowell said.

"I can deal with errors. that's part of the game. But when runs come in after that you really feel bad. J.D. made a great play. It's part of the game, guys picking each other up. It made me feel a lot better.

"J.D. came in and I said, 'No one loves you more than me right now.'"

Drew and Lowell hit back-to-back doubles in a three-run first inning and Kevin Youkilis added a two-run home run off reliever Todd Wellemeyer in the seventh to make it 6-1 as the temperature dipped to 39 degrees.

Julio Lugo had an RBI single for Boston in the eighth.

Beckett (1-0) allowed a two-out double to Teahen in the first and a two-out double to Ross Gload in the fourth. He had five strikeouts and four walks while delivering Boston's first win after Curt Schilling faltered in Monday's season opener. Jason LaRue got the Royals' RBI on a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

After giving up three runs in the first, Odalis Perez (0-1) retired 13 of 15 before walking Manny Ramirez with one out in the sixth. After Drew singled, rookie Joakim Soria made his major league debut and surrendered a sacrifice fly to Jason Varitek that put the Red Sox on top 4-1.

Drew's RBI double in the first was followed by Lowell's two-run double.

Jason LaRue had a sacrifice fly for the Royals in the fourth.

It's been a rough two games for Royals rookie third baseman Alex Gordon. The 2006 minor league player of the year is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts and hasn't hit a ball out of the infield.

"This kid's going to be a heck of a player," said Royals manager Buddy Bell. "He's trying like the devil to get his first hit. A lot of us have been there. Once he gets that out of the way, he'll be fine. But he's played great at third. He's very, very hard on himself and sometimes that might get in your way but eventually it pays off in the end."

Notes

The Royals placed RHP closer Octavio Dotel on the 15-day DL with a strained muscle on his left side. Manager Buddy Bell said the problem isn't considered long-term. RHP David Riske will close in his absence. ... The game-time temperature of 42 degrees was more than 30 degrees colder than the reading for Monday afternoon's sunny season opener. ... The only other time Lowell had two errors in an inning was on July 1, 2005.

 
 
 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

R. Gload
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Boston

M. Ramirez
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Boston Red Sox
Julio Lugo, SS3011100 .286
Kevin Youkilis, 1B5112013 .333
David Ortiz, DH3100212 .167
Manny Ramirez, LF2210210 .167
   a- Wily Mo Pena, PH-LF1000000 .000
J.D. Drew, RF5121021 .429
Mike Lowell, 3B4012102 .250
Jason Varitek, C3011001 .143
Coco Crisp, CF3100113 .000
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3110100 .500
Totals3278786  
a-grounded out for Ramirez in the 9th
Batting
2B - J.D. Drew (1, O. Perez), Mike Lowell (2, O. Perez)
HR - Kevin Youkilis (1, Wellemeyer)
SF - Jason Varitek (1)
SH - Julio Lugo (1)
RBI - Julio Lugo (1), Kevin Youkilis 2 (2), J.D. Drew (1), Mike Lowell 2 (2), Jason Varitek (1)
2-OUT RBI - J.D. Drew (1), Mike Lowell 2 (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Lowell-Pedroia-Youkilis
E - Mike Lowell 3 (3, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (W,1-0) 5211450 1.80
Javier Lopez (H,1) 0.2100000 0.00
Kyle Snyder (H,1) 1.1000000 0.00
J.C. Romero 1000010 0.00
Joel Pineiro 1000020 6.75
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 94-46, Javier Lopez 9-5, Kyle Snyder 18-10, J.C. Romero 11-6, Joel Pineiro 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 4-7, Javier Lopez 2-0, Kyle Snyder 2-2, J.C. Romero 2-0, Joel Pineiro 2-0
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 22, Javier Lopez 3, Kyle Snyder 4, J.C. Romero 3, Joel Pineiro 4
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF3000110 .000
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4000001 .333
    Esteban German, 2B0000000 .000
Mark Teahen, RF3010122 .429
Mike Sweeney, DH4000004 .250
Alex Gordon, 3B4000020 .000
Emil Brown, LF3100110 .000
Ross Gload, 1B3020110 .429
Jason LaRue, C3001002 .000
Tony Pena, SS4000012 .286
Totals3113148  
Batting
2B - Mark Teahen (1, Beckett), Ross Gload (1, Beckett)
SF - Jason LaRue (1)
RBI - Jason LaRue (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Pena-Grudzielanek-Gload
Kansas City Royals
Odalis Perez (L,0-1) 5.1544330 6.75
Joakim Soria 0.2000100 0.00
Todd Wellemeyer 1122301 18.00
Ryan Braun 1211120 9.00
Jimmy Gobble 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Odalis Perez 90-52, Joakim Soria 19-11, Todd Wellemeyer 35-19, Ryan Braun 24-13, Jimmy Gobble 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Odalis Perez 6-6, Todd Wellemeyer 1-2, Jimmy Gobble 1-1
Batters Faced - Odalis Perez 23, Joakim Soria 3, Todd Wellemeyer 7, Ryan Braun 6, Jimmy Gobble 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22348
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 42
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Tim Tschida