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Gomes' pinch-hit homer helps Red Sox nix Royals

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BOSTON -- Jonny Gomes' go-ahead shot into the center field bleachers left him just one pinch-hit homer behind the Red Sox all-time leader.

And Gomes wanted to make it clear that there was no comparison.

"You can go ahead and get it out there," he said with a little grin. "I'm not chasing any of Ted Williams' records."

Gomes' two-run homer capped a four-run sixth inning that gave Boston a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

In two seasons with the Red Sox, six of his 19 homers have come as a pinch hitter.

"For me, that's the opportunity I feast on," the right-handed hitting platoon outfielder said. "I hope I didn't shock anyone."

He did have Royals manager Ned Yost questioning his decision to bring in lefty Scott Downs (0-3) to face lefty Jackie Bradley Jr. only to see Gomes step into the role he relishes.

"I gambled and lost," Yost said. "They've pinch hit one time in the last three games in the seventh inning, a bunch in the eighth and ninth. I wasn't sure if they were going to do it in the sixth, so I gambled right there. Bad decision."

Another two-run shot in the sixth by Xander Bogaerts off James Shields had cut the deficit to 4-3.

The Red Sox maintained their momentum after winning four of their last five games before the All-Star game. They entered the break in last place in the AL East but were coming off Clay Buchholz's 11-0 complete-game win over Houston, their season high for runs.

"The way that guys fought back tonight that was sort of reminiscent of last year" when the Red Sox won the World Series, Buchholz said.

Buchholz (5-5) allowed four runs in six innings against Kansas City. Koji Uehara allowed Omar Infante's two-out double in the ninth, but got his 19th save in 21 chances.

Eric Hosmer had three hits and two RBIs for the Royals as he extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Daniel Nava started Boston's four-run rally with a one-out single that slid out of left fielder Alex Gordon's glove as he dove. Bogaerts was in a 14 for 123 (.114) slump, but hit Shields' 1-1 pitch into the center-field bleachers for his seventh homer of the year.

Stephen Drew, batting .158 in 29 games since joining the Red Sox in late May, followed with a ground-rule double. After David Ross struck out, Downs came in.

Gomes drove a 2-2 pitch to nearly the same spot where Bogaerts' homer landed. It was Gomes' sixth homer of the year and his second as a pinch hitter.

"He stays prepared and anticipates the moment," Boston manager John Farrell said.

The Royals had taken a 1-0 lead in the first on a double by Infante and an RBI single by Hosmer. The Red Sox tied it in the second on Brock Holt's RBI single.

Kansas City made it 3-1 in the fourth on run-scoring singles by Salvador Perez and Gordon then added a run in the fifth on Hosmer's RBI single.

David Ortiz led off the third for Boston and was out on a strange play.

He hit a towering popup to the first-base side of the mound. Shields appeared uncomfortable trying to catch it so first baseman Hosmer and third baseman Mike Moustakas raced in to help. Hosmer raised his glove, but the ball ticked off it and Moustakas cradled it for the out.

"Tough sky," Hosmer said. "Moose was playing over there for the shift so we are both running after it. I kind of saw it last second, tried to put a glove on it and it hit off my glove. Lucky, Moose was right there to save me."

More strange glove work occurred in the top of the fourth when Hosmer hit the ball sharply down the first-base line.

A ball girl, seated beside the low fence in foul territory, fielded it cleanly then quickly dropped it. It was too late, though, and Infante, who had singled, was stopped at third while Hosmer reached second. Both ended up scoring anyway on the singles by Perez and Gordon.

Yost argued that Infante should have been allowed to score but "my judgment doesn't count."

Notes

Boston is 33-0 when leading after the eighth, the only team that hasn't lost with a lead going into the ninth. ... Gomes' sixth pinch hit homer broke a tie with Joe Cronin for second most in team history. ... Danny Duffy (5-9) pitches for the Royals against Rubby De La Rosa (2-2) in the second game of the series Saturday night.

 
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Jonny Gomes hits a go-ahead two-run pinch-hit homer in the sixth for the Red Sox against Kansas City. (USATSI)
Jonny Gomes hits a go-ahead two-run pinch-hit homer in the sixth for the Red Sox against Kansas City. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

E. Hosmer
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Boston

J. Gomes
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Lorenzo Cain, CF5000030.301
Omar Infante, 2B5230001.282
Eric Hosmer, 1B5132012.272
Salvador Perez, C4021012.286
Alex Gordon, LF4021002.271
Billy Butler, DH4010003.272
Mike Moustakas, 3B4000013.189
Alcides Escobar, SS4000004.280
Norichika Aoki, RF4110001.260
James Shields, P0000000.400
   Scott Downs, P0000000.000
   Kelvin Herrera, P0000000.000
   Aaron Crow, P0000000.000
Totals39412406  
Batting
2B - Omar Infante 2 (11, Buchholz), Eric Hosmer (27, Buchholz)
RBI - Eric Hosmer 2 (44), Salvador Perez (37), Alex Gordon (45)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Hosmer (13)
SB - Norichika Aoki (8, 2nd base off Buchholz/Ross)
CS - Eric Hosmer (2, 2nd base by Buchholz/Ross)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Infante-Escobar-Hosmer
E - Alcides Escobar (8, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James Shields 5.2843131 3.70
Scott Downs (L,0-3; BS,1) 0.1111011 6.18
Kelvin Herrera 1100000 2.03
Aaron Crow 1000210 2.68
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 112-74, Scott Downs 10-7, Kelvin Herrera 17-11, Aaron Crow 21-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 5-9, Kelvin Herrera 2-1, Aaron Crow 1-1
Batters Faced - James Shields 26, Scott Downs 2, Kelvin Herrera 4, Aaron Crow 5
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brock Holt, RF-CF4011112.326
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4010003.280
David Ortiz, DH4010002.255
Mike Napoli, 1B4020000.269
Daniel Nava, LF-RF4110004.238
Xander Bogaerts, 3B3212101.236
Stephen Drew, SS3120100.167
David Ross, C3000023.171
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF2000012.225
   a-Jonny Gomes, PH-LF2112012.237
Clay Buchholz, P00000001.000
   Burke Badenhop, P0000000.000
   Andrew Miller, P0000000.000
   Junichi Tazawa, P0000000.000
   Koji Uehara, P0000000.000
Totals33510535  
a-homered for Bradley in the 6th
Batting
2B - David Ortiz (19, Herrera), Stephen Drew (4, Shields)
HR - Xander Bogaerts (7, Shields), Jonny Gomes (6, Downs)
SH - David Ross (2)
RBI - Brock Holt (22), Xander Bogaerts 2 (24), Jonny Gomes 2 (32)
2-OUT RBI - Brock Holt (10), Jonny Gomes 2 (12)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Xander Bogaerts (14, Throwing), Junichi Tazawa (1, Throwing)
PB - David Ross (3)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clay Buchholz (W,5-5) 61044030 5.46
Burke Badenhop (H,6) 0.1000000 2.91
Andrew Miller (H,10) 0.2000020 2.19
Junichi Tazawa (H,10) 1100000 2.54
Koji Uehara (S,19) 1100010 1.61
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 104-67, Burke Badenhop 4-3, Andrew Miller 11-8, Junichi Tazawa 14-9, Koji Uehara 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 8-6, Burke Badenhop 2-0, Junichi Tazawa 2-1, Koji Uehara 1-1
Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 27, Burke Badenhop 2, Andrew Miller 2, Junichi Tazawa 4, Koji Uehara 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37743
Game Time - 3:31
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Mark Ripperger