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|Kansas City (2-3)||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||3||9||0|
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Boston's five home runs would seem insignificant if a certain line drive single had twisted a couple of inches to the left.
"I've had some line drives hit back at me and stuff. I've been hit in the legs before," said Beckett, who was making his first start since signing a four-year, $68 million contract extension. "But never anywhere else."
Boston Red Sox
It was in the seventh when David DeJesus whistled a single up the middle that brushed the back of Beckett's head.
He made sure the near disaster did not rattle him.
"I was thinking about how many runs we were going to score," said Beckett (1-0). "It didn't hit me very hard. I wasn't too worried about it."
Beckett allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings. He had one walk and four strikeouts while beating the Royals for the fifth straight start. In eight career starts against the Royals, Beckett is 6-0.
Greinke (0-1) had a 1-0 lead after four but Hermida hit a 1-1 pitch leading off the fifth for his first home run. Varitek then slammed Greinke's next delivery into the Royals bullpen, marking the first time in Greinke's career the right-hander had allowed home runs on consecutive pitches.
"Those were just two bad pitches," said Greinke. "I hope they take it, but they both swung at it. Those were as good as pitches to hit as they'll ever see again."
Varitek, making his first start of the year, homered off Luis Mendoza in the ninth. Three batters later Pedroia hit a two-run shot, giving him three RBI. Youkilis led off the Boston eighth with a solo homer off Dusty Hughes.
"My focus obviously was Josh and what has to go on there," said Varitek, the Red Sox veteran catcher. "It's nice to contribute, absolutely. Both swings, I was able to get the good part of the bat on the ball. The ball was carrying a little bit to the right."
Greinke has given up five earned runs in his first two starts -- one more than he allowed in his first eight starts en route to the Cy Young award a year ago.
In addition to the five home runs, Boston got an RBI double from Jacoby Ellsbury.
"The two things I can complain about the most today were the two curveballs for home runs and falling behind Ellsbury instead of getting ahead in the count," said Greinke, who yielded eight hits and four runs in 6 2/3 innings, with five strikeouts and no walks. He also hit two batters, including Marco Scutaro, who scored on Ellsbury's double.
Rick Ankiel had an RBI single for Kansas City in the first, his fifth straight hit. Ankiel, who was 4 for 4 on Thursday night, doubled in the fourth to make it six hits in six at-bats before popping up in his next appearance.
Beckett said he felt no extra pressure going against one of the game's top starters.
"I feel like with this lineup we're going to score runs off whoever's pitching," he said. "I really believe in our guys. I'm not too concerned with who they're facing. I just have to get the other guys out."
|Jason Varitek, in his first start of the season, slams two home runs to support his batterymate Josh Beckett. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF-LF||5||2||3||1||0||0||1||.320|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||3||1||1||3||0||0||1||.250|
|Victor Martinez, DH||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.182|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B||5||1||2||1||0||1||0||.389|
|J.D. Drew, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.211|
|Mike Lowell, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Jeremy Hermida, LF||3||1||1||1||0||1||1||.500|
|a- Mike Cameron, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.357|
|Jason Varitek, C||4||2||2||2||0||1||0||.500|
|Marco Scutaro, SS||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.267|
|a-popped out for Hermida in the 8th|
|2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (3, Greinke)|
|HR - Dustin Pedroia (2, Mendoza), Kevin Youkilis (1, Hughes), Jeremy Hermida (1, Greinke), Jason Varitek 2 (2, Greinke, Mendoza)|
|SF - Dustin Pedroia (1)|
|RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (1), Dustin Pedroia 3 (6), Kevin Youkilis (4), Jeremy Hermida (1), Jason Varitek 2 (2)|
|SB - Marco Scutaro (1, 2nd base off Greinke/Kendall)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Scutaro-Youkilis, Pedroia-Scutaro-Youkilis|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Josh Beckett (W,1-0)||7||9||3||3||1||4||0||6.17|
|Hideki Okajima (H,2)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 105-71, Hideki Okajima 12-8, Ramon Ramirez 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 10-5|
|Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 29, Hideki Okajima 3, Ramon Ramirez 3|
|Kansas City Royals|
|David DeJesus, RF||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.286|
|Scott Podsednik, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.333|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.188|
|Billy Butler, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.222|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.400|
|Jose Guillen, DH||4||1||1||0||0||0||3||.211|
|Jason Kendall, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.313|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.176|
|a- Mike Aviles, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Getz, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||1||1||.313|
|a-flied out for Betancourt in the 9th|
|2B - Scott Podsednik (1, Beckett), Alberto Callaspo (1, Beckett), Rick Ankiel (3, Beckett), Jose Guillen (2, Beckett)|
|RBI - David DeJesus (1), Rick Ankiel (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus (1), Rick Ankiel (4)|
|SB - Chris Getz (3, 2nd base off Beckett/Varitek)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Betancourt-Getz-Butler|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Zack Greinke (L,0-1)||6.2||8||4||4||0||5||2||3.55|
|HBP - Pedroia (by Zack Greinke), Scutaro (by Zack Greinke)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 108-68, Dusty Hughes 16-8, Luis Mendoza 12-7, Roman Colon 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 8-6, Dusty Hughes 2-0, Roman Colon 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 29, Dusty Hughes 4, Luis Mendoza 5, Roman Colon 2|
|Attendance - 37505|
|Game Time - 2:47|
|Temperature - 74|
|Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Mike Estabrook|