Kansas City at Boston

Kansas City
W: P. Beato (1-0) L: W. Smith (4-6)
S: M. Melancon (1)
HR: KC - L. Cain (5)   BOS - P. Ciriaco (2),D. Pedroia (12)

Loney, Red Sox get past Royals

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BOSTON -- With a well-placed ground ball up the middle, James Loney showed he can fit in at Fenway Park -- just like Chavez Ravine.

Loney hit a tying single in his Boston debut, Jacoby Ellsbury drove in the go-ahead run an inning later and the revamped Red Sox bounced back from a nine-player trade and a 12-inning loss to beat the Kansas City Royals 8-6 on Sunday.

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"I'm glad I'm here. It's one of the best atmospheres in baseball," Loney said after getting his first AL hit in his first game following the deal that brought him to Boston. "It felt good getting that opportunity, having a chance to deliver. I just want to keep that up."

A day after he was the only major leaguer coming to Boston in a deal that sent Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto and more than $250 million in salary to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Loney went 1 for 5. Pedro Ciriaco had three hits, scored twice and drove in two runs for the Red Sox, who won for just the fourth time in 12 games.

Loney also made a nice pickup at first base on a short-hop throw from third baseman Ciriaco, but grounded into a rally-ending double play in the bottom half.

Pedro Beato (1-0) allowed two runs in two-plus innings but got the win on the same day he was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket. Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his first save.

Will Smith (4-6) allowed five runs -- four earned -- and nine hits in five-plus innings for Kansas City.

Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer as the Royals scored four times with two outs in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead.

"That's the mark of a team that battles, those two-out rallies," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "I don't know if I'd rather have bases loaded with no outs or bases loaded and two outs. We seem to score more runs. We had an opportunity to score a lot more there."

Ciriaco hit a solo homer in the fifth, then Ellsbury singled, advanced on a grounder, stole third and scored on Loney's single to center. Ellsbury's RBI single in the sixth -- after the first of two costly errors by shortstop Alcides Escobar -- gave the Red Sox the lead.

"I'm trying to field the ball in front of me," Escobar said. "It's hard for me right now. I try to play hard with my defense. I know I can hit right now. I feel really bad right now, two errors in one game is bad for me."

It was 7-4 in the seventh when the Royals loaded the bases with nobody out to chase Beato. Craig Breslow came in and struck out Johnny Giavotella before Eric Hosmer hit a sinking liner that right fielder Cody Ross lost in the sun.

He charged in, ducked, and at the last minute stabbed out his right arm to make the catch; Billy Butler scored from third to make it 7-5, but Ross, as he fell, hit the cutoff man with just enough force to keep the other runners from advancing.

Tony Abreu singled in another run, then Cain struck out looking to end the threat.

Dustin Pedroia added a solo homer in the eighth for Boston.

Boston starter Felix Doubront, who was activated from the disabled list (bruised right knee), struck out seven in five innings, but was charged with four runs and six hits. He is winless in his last five starts.


  • Red Sox DH David Ortiz sat out his second straight game, having played just once since coming off the disabled list after being sidelined with a right Achilles tendon strain.
  • The Red Sox also optioned OF Che-Hsuan Lin to Pawtucket.
  • Each team committed two errors, but Boston's miscues by Ciriaco and C Ryan Lavarnway did not lead to any runs. Escobar made both of Kansas City's, leading to a total of three unearned runs.
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James Loney collects an RBI single in his first game as a member of the Boston Red Sox. (Getty Images)
James Loney collects an RBI single in his first game as a member of the Boston Red Sox. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

P. Ciriaco
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
Kansas City

L. Cain
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Kansas City Royals
Lorenzo Cain, CF4113112 .248
Alcides Escobar, SS4010110 .304
Alex Gordon, LF5020014 .293
Billy Butler, DH5110044 .304
Salvador Perez, C5120001 .295
Jeff Francoeur, RF3000121 .235
Johnny Giavotella, 2B4110014 .211
Eric Hosmer, 1B3111011 .241
Tony Abreu, 3B4122010 .333
HR - Lorenzo Cain (5, Doubront)
SF - Eric Hosmer (2)
RBI - Lorenzo Cain 3 (24), Eric Hosmer (51), Tony Abreu 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Lorenzo Cain 3 (9), Tony Abreu 2 (3)
SB - Alcides Escobar (26, 3rd base off Doubront/Lavarnway), Alex Gordon (8, 2nd base off Doubront/Lavarnway)
CS - Alex Gordon (5, 2nd base by Beato/Lavarnway)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Escobar-Giavotella-Hosmer
E - Alcides Escobar 2 (17, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Will Smith (L,4-6) 5954211 5.55
Tim Collins 0.2100010 3.06
Aaron Crow 0.1000000 3.44
Jeremy Jeffress 0.2320110 0.00
Francisley Bueno 0.1000000 2.16
Louis Coleman 1111031 3.95
Pitches-Strikes - Will Smith 90-58, Tim Collins 8-7, Aaron Crow 4-3, Jeremy Jeffress 28-16, Francisley Bueno 1-1, Louis Coleman 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Will Smith 7-7, Aaron Crow 1-0, Jeremy Jeffress 2-0
Batters Faced - Will Smith 26, Tim Collins 3, Aaron Crow 1, Jeremy Jeffress 7, Francisley Bueno 1, Louis Coleman 4
Boston Red Sox
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B5232014 .360
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5121006 .269
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5121002 .282
Cody Ross, RF4121120 .278
James Loney, 1B5011011 .254
Ryan Lavarnway, C5110012 .180
Mauro Gomez, DH2200200 .304
Mike Aviles, SS4021013 .256
Scott Podsednik, LF4010002 .370
2B - Dustin Pedroia (30, Smith), Mike Aviles (27, Smith)
HR - Pedro Ciriaco (2, Smith), Dustin Pedroia (12, Coleman)
RBI - Pedro Ciriaco 2 (16), Jacoby Ellsbury (15), Dustin Pedroia (53), Cody Ross (64), James Loney (34), Mike Aviles (58)
2-OUT RBI - Pedro Ciriaco (2), Jacoby Ellsbury (7), James Loney (12)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (9, 3rd base off Smith/Perez)
Team LOB - 10
E - Pedro Ciriaco (3, Throwing), Ryan Lavarnway (1, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
Felix Doubront 5644271 4.79
Pedro Beato (W,1-0) 2322120 9.95
Craig Breslow (H,6) 1100020 2.50
Mark Melancon (S,1) 1100010 6.82
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Doubront 98-67, Pedro Beato 40-27, Craig Breslow 24-15, Mark Melancon 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Doubront 5-4, Pedro Beato 2-1, Mark Melancon 1-1
Batters Faced - Felix Doubront 24, Pedro Beato 9, Craig Breslow 4, Mark Melancon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37188
Game Time - 3:36
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Jerry Layne