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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox botched a suicide squeeze in extra innings and gave Kansas City another chance to win. The Royals messed up their squeeze attempt, too, and still managed to score the game-winning run.
Eric Hosmer doubled to lead off the 14th inning and scored when Mike Aviles bunted the ball over the head of charging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, giving Kansas City a 3-1 victory against Boston on Monday night. The play was supposed to be a safety squeeze but Hosmer and Jeff Francoeur, who was on first, mistakenly ran on the pitch.
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"I wasn't supposed to be running. Hosmer wasn't supposed to break. We all kind of messed up, but it worked out," Francoeur said. "It could have been a triple play."
Louis Coleman (1-2) went two innings and twice pitched out of jams for the victory. Joakim Soria struck out three in the bottom of the 14th to earn his 18th save and send Boston to only its fourth loss in 21 games.
The Red Sox threatened to score five times in the last six innings, but the Royals made their best chance count. Hosmer doubled off Randy Williams (0-1) to start the 14th, but he was held at third when Francoeur singled.
Aviles came to the plate and squared to bunt as the runners took off and the corner infielders charged in. He popped it up but it landed safely behind Gonzalez and out of the reach of second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who was moving over to cover first.
Hosmer scored, and Francoeur came home on a sacrifice fly by Alcides Escobar to make it 3-1.
"We caught a break," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "If Frenchie [Francoeur] doesn't break -- and he wasn't supposed to -- Gonzalez doesn't break. We finally got to run the play we don't have much time to practice -- we bunt over the first baseman's head with runners running."
The Red Sox kept it interesting when Josh Reddick doubled -- his third hit of the game -- with one out in the bottom of the 14th. But Soria struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia and then Marco Scutaro to end it -- thanks in part to a pregame rain delay of 2 hours, 21 minutes -- at 1:59 a.m. Tuesday.
Melky Cabrera had four hits and Hosmer had three for the Royals, who won for the fifth time in six games. It was their 10th extra-inning victory -- most in the AL, according to STATS Inc.
The Red Sox had their chances.
Reddick singled to lead off the 12th and then, with one out, took two bases on an errant pickoff throw. But he was hung up between third and home after Scutaro never squared around to bunt on the suicide squeeze that had been called.
"I just didn't see the sign," Scutaro said. "My fault. I didn't see the sign."
Scutaro then lined a hit to left and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. In the 13th, Jacoby Ellsbury drew a leadoff walk and, one out later, Gonzalez hit a sinking liner that bounced under Francoeur's glove as he came in for it; only his leg kept it from going off the wall. Ellsbury wound up at third, and Gonzalez at first.
Again, Coleman pitched out of it. The fifth of six Kansas City pitchers, he went two innings and allowed three hits and a walk.
"I would say right about now they're probably kicking themselves because they missed a lot of chances," Francoeur said.
Jon Lester made his first start since July 5, when he left a no-hitter after four innings with a strained muscle in his back, and pitched 5 1/3 strong innings. He shut out the Royals until Cabrera led off the sixth with a single and scored to make it 1-1 when Billy Butler's double rattled around in the left-field corner.
|Joakim Soria (right) strikes out three in the bottom of the 14th to earn his 18th save of the season. (Getty Images)|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|Alex Gordon, LF||5||0||0||0||1||3||0||.295|
|Melky Cabrera, CF||6||1||4||0||0||1||1||.300|
|Billy Butler, DH||6||0||2||1||0||2||4||.285|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||5||1||3||0||1||0||2||.283|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||5||1||1||0||1||1||4||.268|
|Mike Aviles, 3B||4||0||0||1||0||1||4||.207|
|Brayan Pena, C||6||0||2||0||0||2||3||.259|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||4||0||0||1||1||0||3||.246|
|Chris Getz, 2B||6||0||0||0||0||2||2||.253|
|2B - Billy Butler (25, Lester), Eric Hosmer (15, Williams)|
|SF - Alcides Escobar (3)|
|SH - Mike Aviles 2 (3)|
|RBI - Billy Butler (42), Mike Aviles (31), Alcides Escobar (31)|
|SB - Eric Hosmer (5, 2nd base off Lester/Saltalamacchia)|
|CS - Melky Cabrera 2 (4, 2nd base by Lester/Saltalamacchia, 2nd base by Wheeler/Saltalamacchia), Alcides Escobar (7, 2nd base by Lester/Saltalamacchia)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Alex Gordon 1|
|DP - B. Pena-Escobar, Getz-Escobar-Hosmer|
|E - Louis Coleman (1, Throwing)|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Louis Coleman (W,1-2)||2||3||0||0||1||0||0||1.88|
|Joakim Soria (S,18)||1||1||0||0||0||3||0||3.56|
|IBB - Ortiz by Greg Holland|
|WP - Greg Holland (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 104-60, Tim Collins 10-6, Aaron Crow 28-20, Greg Holland 36-19, Louis Coleman 29-17, Joakim Soria 16-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 6-5, Tim Collins 2-1, Aaron Crow 1-2, Greg Holland 3-1, Louis Coleman 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 23, Tim Collins 3, Aaron Crow 8, Greg Holland 8, Louis Coleman 8, Joakim Soria 4|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||5||0||1||0||1||1||1||.319|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||6||0||1||0||0||0||4||.297|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||6||0||2||0||0||3||1||.346|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.279|
|Yamaico Navarro, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||1||3||.185|
|David Ortiz, DH||4||0||2||0||2||0||2||.298|
|Carl Crawford, LF||6||1||0||0||0||4||6||.249|
|Josh Reddick, RF||6||0||3||1||0||1||2||.366|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||6||0||1||0||0||2||3||.256|
|Marco Scutaro, SS||6||0||2||0||0||1||1||.262|
|2B - Josh Reddick 2 (9, Davies, Soria)|
|RBI - Josh Reddick (20)|
|2-OUT RBI - Josh Reddick (8)|
|SB - Carl Crawford (11, 2nd base off Davies/B. Pena)|
|CS - David Ortiz (1, 2nd base by Davies/B. Pena), Josh Reddick (2, Home by Coleman/B. Pena)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Randy Williams (L,0-1)||2||3||2||2||1||1||0||11.25|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 88-55, Matt Albers 22-15, Daniel Bard 13-9, Jonathan Papelbon 11-9, Franklin Morales 14-9, Dan Wheeler 18-10, Randy Williams 25-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 3-4, Matt Albers 2-1, Daniel Bard 2-0, Franklin Morales 1-4, Dan Wheeler 2-0, Randy Williams 4-1|
|Batters Faced - Jon Lester 22, Matt Albers 5, Daniel Bard 4, Jonathan Papelbon 3, Franklin Morales 6, Dan Wheeler 4, Randy Williams 10|
|Attendance - 37727|
|Game Time - 4:28|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom|