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Royals rally against Red Sox in rainy contest

CBSSports.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City's September stalwarts are at it again.

A year ago, after flopping around all season, the Royals rolled through September on an 18-8 tear. Monday night they wiped out leads of 6-0 and 8-2 and emerged 12-9 winners over the powerful Boston Red Sox and improved to 11-3 since Sept. 7.

On that date, they were 34 games under .500.

" We're just playing better baseball," said Billy Butler, who had two doubles and two RBI and helped key a six-run sixth inning. "We can play with anybody. We showed that tonight."

  Playoff Race

The Red Sox, with the second-best record in the major leagues, had won 10 of 11 overall and beaten the Royals nine of 11 times. Boston probably looked nearly invincible to the small, rain-soaked crowd when it took a 6-0 lead in the third with the help of Jason Bay's three-run homer.

But Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield, struggling to control his knuckleball in a steady and sometimes heavy rain, went just five innings and left with a tenuous 8-5 lead after giving up Mike Jacobs' three-run shot. Making his third start since July 8 after missing 36 games with a lower back strain, Wakefield gave up five runs on five hits and seven of Boston's season-high 11 walks.

He refused to blame the weather, his lack of activity or the bullpen.

"No excuses. I made a bad pitch to Jacobs and got them back in the game," Wakefield said. "It's brutal. We gave the game away, bottom line."

Boston manager Terry Francona indicated he might not pitch Wakefield every fifth day.

"We'll see. I don't think it's realistic that he would go every five days like everybody else," Francona said. "We'll see how he bounces back tomorrow and we'll kind of go from there."

The veteran knuckleballer wants to remain in the rotation.

"Absolutely, yeah. I don't know what they've got planned for me. Find out tomorrow," he said.

The Royals seized an 11-9 lead with their six-run sixth, the most they've scored in one inning since Sept. 24, 2008.

Butler had an RBI double off Manny Delcarmen and then Alberto Callaspo hit a two-run double. Yuniesky Betancourt finished it off with a two-run single off Daniel Bard (2-2).

Butler had another RBI double in the seventh, giving him 49 doubles this season.

"We could have cashed it in when they got the [six-run] lead," Jacobs said. "But we didn't."

Bay's homer off Lenny DiNardo in the third was his career-high 36th. Jacoby Ellsbury and Victor Martinez also drove in two runs for the AL wild-card leaders.

Yasuhiko Yabuta (2-1) got the win, allowing one run in one inning. Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 30 chances.

"The weather was a challenge," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "I was amazed we got it in."

The defensive play of the night belonged to Royals right fielder Willie Bloomquist, who smashed into a bullpen post catching a drive by Kevin Youkilis. Bloomquist stayed on his feet and went right back to his position.

Alex Gordon also had two RBI for the Royals, whose surge has pulled them out of last place in the AL Central.

DiNardo gave up 10 hits and eight runs in five innings. After Bay's three-run shot, Ellsbury had a two-run single and Dustin Pedroia an RBI single in his second at-bat of the inning.

Martinez, stretching his hitting streak to a career-best 20 games, had a two-run single in the fifth.

"No lead is safe," Bay said. "You want to get some runs and sort of coast to a win. But obviously, through no particular fault of anybody, we just didn't get it done.

"We'd been playing so well, it's one of those games that just middle of the season, hey, it kind of got away. But we've been playing so well, it's magnified."

Notes

  • Bay also had a homer and three RBI the day before on his birthday. His 113 RBI are also a career high.
  • DiNardo threw the Royals' 85th wild pitch in the fifth, tying the team record. Then Yabuta's wild pitch in the sixth, allowing Bay to score Boston's ninth run, broke it.
  • Butler is five doubles shy of Hal McRae's team record.
 
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Billy Butler, Mike Jacobs and the Royals stay hot, having won 11 of their past 14 games.  (AP)
Billy Butler, Mike Jacobs and the Royals stay hot, having won 11 of their past 14 games. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Bay
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Kansas City

B. Butler
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5112003 .303
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3121200 .297
Victor Martinez, C4122103 .300
Kevin Youkilis, 1B5010001 .308
Jason Bay, LF5223002 .269
David Ortiz, DH4110100 .233
Mike Lowell, 3B3000212 .293
Rocco Baldelli, RF4220012 .262
   a- Casey Kotchman, PH1000000 .272
Alex Gonzalez, SS3110102 .238
   b- Josh Reddick, PH1000000 .227
Totals38912872  
a-grounded out for Baldelli in the 9th
b-flied out for A. Gonzalez in the 9th
Batting
HR - Jason Bay (36, DiNardo)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury 2 (57), Dustin Pedroia (64), Victor Martinez 2 (100), Jason Bay 3 (113)
2-OUT RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury 2 (31), Dustin Pedroia (21), Victor Martinez 2 (36)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Rocco Baldelli 1
DP - Youkilis-A. Gonzalez
PB - Victor Martinez (4)
E - Victor Martinez (7, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
Tim Wakefield 5554721 4.33
Manny Delcarmen 0.2344110 4.34
Daniel Bard (BS,3; L,2-2) 0.1222100 3.72
Billy Wagner 1111230 2.38
Michael Bowden 1000000 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 103-59, Manny Delcarmen 25-12, Daniel Bard 14-9, Billy Wagner 21-12, Michael Bowden 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 5-7, Manny Delcarmen 1-0, Michael Bowden 1-2
Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 26, Manny Delcarmen 6, Daniel Bard 3, Billy Wagner 6, Michael Bowden 3
Kansas City Royals
Willie Bloomquist, RF3100211 .269
Mitch Maier, LF3100212 .245
Billy Butler, 1B4222103 .300
Mike Jacobs, DH3213222 .230
Alberto Callaspo, 2B-3B5122012 .298
Miguel Olivo, C3210201 .251
Alex Gordon, 3B4122101 .227
    Luis Hernandez, 2B0000000 .175
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS5022002 .240
Josh Anderson, CF3210111 .240
Totals33121111116  
Batting
2B - Billy Butler 2 (49, Delcarmen, Wagner), Alberto Callaspo (37, Delcarmen), Alex Gordon (5, Bard), Josh Anderson (6, Delcarmen)
HR - Mike Jacobs (18, Wakefield)
RBI - Billy Butler 2 (85), Mike Jacobs 3 (58), Alberto Callaspo 2 (69), Alex Gordon 2 (16), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (43)
2-OUT RBI - Billy Butler 2 (34), Alberto Callaspo 2 (34), Alex Gordon (5), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (13)
SB - Willie Bloomquist 2 (23, 2nd base off Wakefield/Martinez, 2nd base off Wakefield/Martinez), Miguel Olivo (5, 3rd base off Wakefield/Martinez), Josh Anderson 2 (22, 2nd base off Wakefield/Martinez, 3rd base off Wakefield/Martinez)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Willie Bloomquist 1
Kansas City Royals
Lenny DiNardo 51088601 8.22
Yasuhiko Yabuta (W,2-1) 1211010 14.04
Jamey Wright (H,12) 2000100 4.54
Joakim Soria (S,27) 1000010 2.36
WP - Lenny DiNardo (1), Yasuhiko Yabuta (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Lenny DiNardo 116-58, Yasuhiko Yabuta 22-12, Jamey Wright 33-17, Joakim Soria 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lenny DiNardo 9-5, Yasuhiko Yabuta 1-1, Jamey Wright 3-3, Joakim Soria 1-1
Batters Faced - Lenny DiNardo 30, Yasuhiko Yabuta 5, Jamey Wright 7, Joakim Soria 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16770
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Greg Gibson