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Kansas City at Boston

Kansas City
W: K. Davies (4-3) L: T. Wakefield (1-3)
HR: KC - Y. Betancourt (4),M. Maier (1)   BOS - V. Martinez (7)

Royals 12, Red Sox 5

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BOSTON -- Yuniesky Betancourt was just looking for a good pitch to hit. Tim Wakefield gave him one.

And Betancourt drove that pitch for a grand slam to cap a seven-run fourth inning in the Kansas City Royals' 12-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

"I went up there looking for a knuckleball and it stayed up high and I put a good swing on it," Betancourt said through a translator. "I knew I had at least a double but I wasn't sure it would get over the wall."

David DeJesus had four of the 20 hits for the Royals, leading the American League in hitting (.278) entering Friday, off six Boston pitchers, including utilityman Bill Hall, who made his first big league appearance as a pitcher.

Kansas City had five straight singles to open the fourth, and with two out Betancourt lofted a knuckleball from Wakefield into the seats above the Green Monster in left for the second grand slam of his career as the Royals beat Boston for the second straight night.

The Royals pummeled Wakefield (1-3) for 12 hits and nine runs in just 3 2/3 innings.

"When I left the bullpen I thought I had really good stuff," Wakefield said. "I had good stuff in the first inning. I just wasn't able to repeat that."

Mitch Maier had three hits for the Royals, including his first home run of the season.

Royals Manager Ned Yost said he thinks it's about time his team got some respect for being a good offensive club.

"Sooner or later, we will," he said. "To me, since I've been here, this club has put together good at-bat after good at-bat."

Royals starter Kyle Davies (4-3) worked five shaky innings for his fourth win.

"He found a way to get through five innings to his credit," Yost said.

The Red Sox scored three times in the bottom of the first. Marco Scutaro doubled down the left field line and, with one out, David Ortiz took advantage of the shift and rolled an RBI single into left. After Kevin Youkilis walked, Victor Martinez, returning to the lineup for the first time since hurting his toe Monday, hit a two-run double to the 420-foot mark in right-center.

The 43-yer-old Wakefield, who returned to the rotation when Josh Beckett went down with a back injury on May 17 and beat the Phillies in his last start, wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the second by getting Scott Podsednik to fly out, but the Royals struck for two runs in the third.

Mike Aviles singled and rolled home on a double to left-center by David DeJesus. With one out, Jose Guillen walked and Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre, after getting one out, threw wide to first on what might have been an inning-ending double-play grounder by Alberto Callaspo. Maier followed with an RBI single.

After Youkilis walked again in the third, Martinez lined his seventh home run into the Royals' bullpen in right field to give the Red Sox a 5-2 lead.

Kyle Farnsworth and Dusty Hughes pitched four scoreless innings in relief of Davies for Kansas City.


  • The Royals are 9-5 since Yost took over as manager.
  • The Red Sox placed outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury on the 15-day disabled list Friday after he continued to complain of soreness and pain in the rib cage area. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said there was no timetable for Ellsbury's return. "We hope it's quick, but we don't know." The Red Sox recalled pitcher Scott Atchison from Pawtucket to take Ellsbury's place on the roster.
  • The Royals' DeJesus extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
  • Youkilis walked for the 30th and 31st time in May and reached base for the 27th straight game.
  • Victor Martinez returned to the lineup as a catcher for the first time since injuring his toe Monday.
  • Josh Beckett threw 22-25 pitches in a side session as he continues to recover from the back injury that put him on the disabled list. "we're going to be cautious with him," said Francona.
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The Royals can certainly hit and Yuniesky Betancourt proves it with a grand slam.  (AP)
The Royals can certainly hit and Yuniesky Betancourt proves it with a grand slam. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

Y. Betancourt
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

V. Martinez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Billy Butler, 1B5120115 .349
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2B - Scott Podsednik (4, Ramirez), David DeJesus (13, Wakefield), Alberto Callaspo (13, Okajima)
HR - Mitch Maier (1, Okajima), Yuniesky Betancourt (4, Wakefield)
RBI - Mike Aviles (5), David DeJesus 2 (19), Mitch Maier 3 (21), Yuniesky Betancourt 4 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Mitch Maier (6), Yuniesky Betancourt 4 (9)
SB - Scott Podsednik (16, 2nd base off Wakefield/Martinez), Jason Kendall (4, 2nd base off Atchison/Martinez)
Team LOB - 13
DP - Hughes-Aviles-Butler
PB - Jason Kendall (2)
Kansas City Royals
Kyle Davies (W,4-3) 5755251 4.92
Kyle Farnsworth 2100010 2.53
Dusty Hughes 2200010 3.93
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 102-60, Kyle Farnsworth 28-19, Dusty Hughes 28-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 2-8, Kyle Farnsworth 3-2, Dusty Hughes 2-2
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 24, Kyle Farnsworth 7, Dusty Hughes 7
Boston Red Sox
Marco Scutaro, SS5130011 .259
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5000013 .259
David Ortiz, DH4111022 .265
Kevin Youkilis, 1B2200200 .305
Victor Martinez, C4124000 .262
    Jason Varitek, C0000000 .271
J.D. Drew, RF4000011 .276
Adrian Beltre, 3B4020000 .342
Jeremy Hermida, LF4000013 .215
Mike Cameron, CF3020000 .268
    Darnell McDonald, CF1000010 .267
2B - Marco Scutaro (8, Davies), Victor Martinez (11, Davies)
HR - Victor Martinez (7, Davies)
RBI - David Ortiz (28), Victor Martinez 4 (24)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Beltre-Pedroia-Youkilis
E - Marco Scutaro (7, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
Tim Wakefield (L,1-3) 3.21299311 5.68
Scott Atchison 2.1400010 4.97
Ramon Ramirez 1111110 5.85
Hideki Okajima 0.1322101 5.40
Joe Nelson 0.2000010 5.40
Bill Hall 1000000 0.00
WP - Tim Wakefield (7), Ramon Ramirez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 88-56, Scott Atchison 38-23, Ramon Ramirez 26-17, Hideki Okajima 23-12, Joe Nelson 9-6, Bill Hall 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 3-7, Scott Atchison 4-1, Ramon Ramirez 1-1, Joe Nelson 1-1, Bill Hall 3-0
Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 26, Scott Atchison 10, Ramon Ramirez 5, Hideki Okajima 5, Joe Nelson 3, Bill Hall 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37945
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West