Moustakas' 30th HR lifts Royals over Red Sox for 9th in row

BOSTON (AP) Rick Porcello stepped in for David Price, who is back on the disabled list.

Kansas City's offense wasn't fazed by the switch.

Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas homered as the Royals extended their winning streak to a season-high nine with a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

Perez homered over the Green Monster in the second and Moustakas made it 4-0 in the fourth. He hit his 30th homer in his 92nd game, the fastest to reach the mark in team history, and he is six homers shy of the Kansas City season record set by Steve Balboni in 1985.

''It was a big win for us against a great club over there,'' Moustakas said. ''It's always nice to hit homers, but when they help you go ahead or add some runs against a great team, it definitely makes it a little better.''

Jorge Bonifacio had singled leading off, and Eric Hosmer beat the shift with a single to left that put runners at the corners.

Porcello (4-14), who had been scheduled to pitch Saturday, leads the major leagues in losses. He allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings.

''The one to Moustakas is really the one that's going to make it hard to sleep tonight,'' Porcello said. ''He was fouling off some pitches off - just trying to drive a fastball in right there and if I miss for a ball so be it. I didn't have a problem putting him on and ran right back into his barrel.''

Price started the season on the DL and didn't make his first start until May 29. The 31-year-old left-hander, winner of the 2012 AL Cy Young Award, is 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA.

''I do not know if he'll miss the season,'' Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombroski said. ''I'm not anticipating that at this time.''

Porcello said that he ''knew pretty early'' after his July 23 start at the Los Angeles Angels that it was possible he would be moved up.

''It was early enough for me to prepare and be fine,'' he said.

Boston has lost five of six and nine of 14, dropping out of the AL East lead for the first time since June 29 and falling a half-game behind the New York Yankees.

Jason Vargas (13-4) gave up one run and five hits in six innings. Vargas, who had been winless in three starts since June 30, is one shy of his career high for wins, set in 2012 with Seattle.

Kelvin Herrera pitched a one-hit ninth for his 22nd save in 25 chances, getting rookie Rafael Devers to hit into a game-ending forceout after Andrew Benintendi's two-out single.

Kansas City, which has rebounded from a 7-16 start, is 15-8 in July and on its longest winning streak since nine consecutive victories from last Aug. 14-23. The Royals have outscored opponents 67-27 during the streak and outhomered them 20-2.

Three days after his big league debut, Devers went 1 for 2 in his first home game for the Red Sox. He doubled down the right-field line in the fifth and scored on Mookie Betts' single, and at 20 years, 277 days became the youngest Boston player with a hit at Fenway Park since Mike Garman in 1969.

Chris Young tripled off Mike Minor leading off the seventh and scored on Sandy Leon's groundout.

CLUTCH

Ten of Perez's 21 homers have put the Royals ahead.

LATER, DAD

The Royals dealt RHP Luke Farrell, the son of the Red Sox manager, to the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations. Farrell made his major league debut on July 1, allowing five runs over 2 2/3 innings against the Twins.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: Perez returned to the lineup after leaving Tuesday's game and sitting out Wednesday with soreness on his right side. ... The Royals recalled OF Terrance Gore from Triple-A Omaha. Gore has split time between Double- and Triple-A this season, hitting .231 with 17 steals. ... OFs Paulo Orlando and Cheslor Cuthbert will remain on rehab assignment after both suffering setbacks.

Red Sox: LHP Robby Scott was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Price's roster spot.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Trevor Cahill (4-3, 3.69 for San Diego) is to make his first start for the Royal on Saturday following his acquisition from the Padres. Cahill is 0-2 with a 7.79 ERA at Fenway Park.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3, 3.89) is 1-0 with a 2.38 ERA in four home starts this season but is 0-2 in three starts since beating Seattle on May 26.

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  • W: J. Vargas (13-4)L: R. Porcello (4-14)S: K. Herrera (22)
  • HR: KC - M. Moustakas (30), S. Perez (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B40100000.294.335.486.8211.0
J. Bonifacio RF30100101.265.335.460.7952.0
L. Cain CF41100012.268.337.411.7481.5
E. Hosmer 1B41200001.320.376.501.8785.0
S. Perez C41111013.284.315.531.8465.5
M. Moustakas 3B41131011.279.308.568.8777.5
B. Moss DH30100010.209.287.413.7001.5
A. Escobar SS30000021.228.252.313.565-1.0
A. Gordon LF30000000.199.289.296.5850.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF40110001.272.348.470.8182.0
    E. Nunez DH30200100.311.340.420.7593.0
    D. Pedroia 2B40000005.307.381.411.7910.0
    H. Ramirez 1B40000021.253.338.445.783-1.0
    J. Bradley CF40100000.269.340.450.7901.0
    X. Bogaerts SS40000011.281.337.411.748-0.5
    C. Young LF31100000.244.327.392.7194.0
    a- A. Benintendi PH10100000.268.349.413.7621.0
    R. Devers 3B41100022.250.357.583.9402.0
    S. Leon C20010101.239.294.378.6722.0
    • a-singled for Young in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Moss (10)
    • HR - S. Perez (21), M. Moustakas (30)
    • RBI - S. Perez (63), M. Moustakas 3 (69)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas 3 (22)
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Devers
    • 3B - C. Young
    • RBI - M. Betts (62), S. Leon (27)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts (24)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - E. Hosmer (6)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Vargas (W, 13-4)6.05112203.001.2321.0
    M. Minor (H, 11)0.21110102.390.98-1.5
    P. Moylan (H, 14)0.10000004.421.250.0
    J. Soria (H, 14)1.00000103.071.183.5
    K. Herrera (S, 22)1.01000104.171.209.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Vargas (W, 13-4)6.0
    M. Minor (H, 11)0.2
    P. Moylan (H, 14)0.1
    J. Soria (H, 14)1.0
    K. Herrera (S, 22)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Porcello (L, 4-14)7.06441524.551.387.5
    B. Workman1.22000102.301.091.5
    R. Scott0.10000003.701.070.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Porcello (L, 4-14)7.0
    B. Workman1.2
    R. Scott0.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 99-61, M. Minor 11-8, P. Moylan 3-3, J. Soria 14-9, K. Herrera 13-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 6-9, M. Minor 1-0, P. Moylan 1-0, J. Soria 2-0, K. Herrera 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 24, M. Minor 3, P. Moylan, J. Soria 3, K. Herrera 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 111-77, B. Workman 20-14, R. Scott 3-2
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 7-7, B. Workman 2-1
    • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 26, B. Workman 6, R. Scott
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B40100000.294.335.486.8211.0
    J. Bonifacio RF30100101.265.335.460.7952.0
    L. Cain CF41100012.268.337.411.7481.5
    E. Hosmer 1B41200001.320.376.501.8785.0
    S. Perez C41111013.284.315.531.8465.5
    M. Moustakas 3B41131011.279.308.568.8777.5
    B. Moss DH30100010.209.287.413.7001.5
    A. Escobar SS30000021.228.252.313.565-1.0
    A. Gordon LF30000000.199.289.296.5850.0
    Total324842169-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF40110001.272.348.470.8182.0
      E. Nunez DH30200100.311.340.420.7593.0
      D. Pedroia 2B40000005.307.381.411.7910.0
      H. Ramirez 1B40000021.253.338.445.783-1.0
      J. Bradley CF40100000.269.340.450.7901.0
      X. Bogaerts SS40000011.281.337.411.748-0.5
      C. Young LF31100000.244.327.392.7194.0
      a- A. Benintendi PH10100000.268.349.413.7621.0
      R. Devers 3B41100022.250.357.583.9402.0
      S. Leon C20010101.239.294.378.6722.0
      Total3327202511-----
      • a-singled for Young in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Moss (10)
      • HR - S. Perez (21), M. Moustakas (30)
      • RBI - S. Perez (63), M. Moustakas 3 (69)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas 3 (22)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Devers
      • 3B - C. Young
      • RBI - M. Betts (62), S. Leon (27)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts (24)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Hosmer (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Vargas (W, 13-4)6.05112203.001.2321.0
      M. Minor (H, 11)0.21110102.390.98-1.5
      P. Moylan (H, 14)0.10000004.421.250.0
      J. Soria (H, 14)1.00000103.071.183.5
      K. Herrera (S, 22)1.01000104.171.209.5
      Total9.0722250---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Vargas (W, 13-4)6.0
      M. Minor (H, 11)0.2
      P. Moylan (H, 14)0.1
      J. Soria (H, 14)1.0
      K. Herrera (S, 22)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (L, 4-14)7.06441524.551.387.5
      B. Workman1.22000102.301.091.5
      R. Scott0.10000003.701.070.0
      Total9.0844162---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (L, 4-14)7.0
      B. Workman1.2
      R. Scott0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 99-61, M. Minor 11-8, P. Moylan 3-3, J. Soria 14-9, K. Herrera 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 6-9, M. Minor 1-0, P. Moylan 1-0, J. Soria 2-0, K. Herrera 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 24, M. Minor 3, P. Moylan, J. Soria 3, K. Herrera 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 111-77, B. Workman 20-14, R. Scott 3-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 7-7, B. Workman 2-1
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 26, B. Workman 6, R. Scott
      • 7TH INNING
        Leon grounded out to second, Young scored42
      • 5TH INNING
        Betts singled to deep left, Devers scored41
      • 4TH INNING
        Moustakas homered to right, Cain and Hosmer scored40
      • 2ND INNING
        Perez homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • B. Workman Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Hosmer singled to left center
        • S. Perez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Perez popped out to first
        • Robby Scott relieved Brandon Workman
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Kelvin Herrera relieved Joakim Soria
        • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bradley popped out to shortstop
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bogaerts struck out looking
        • Andrew Benintendi hit for Chris Young
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • R. Devers: Devers reached on fielder's choice to second, Benintendi out at second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Brandon Workman relieved Rick Porcello
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield singled to center
        • J. Bonifacio: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Bonifacio grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Merrifield out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Joakim Soria relieved Peter Moylan
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pedroia grounded out to first
        • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Foul, Moustakas flied out to deep left
        • B. Moss: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Moss flied out to right
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Mike Minor relieved Jason Vargas
        • C. Young: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Young tripled to left center
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • S. Leon: Foul, Leon grounded out to second, Young scored
        • Peter Moylan relieved Mike Minor
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Betts grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cain singled to left center
        • E. Hosmer: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Hosmer grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Cain out at second
        • S. Perez: Foul, Foul, Perez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Ball, Bradley lined out to pitcher
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts flied out to deep center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon flied out to left
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to first
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike swinging, Ball, Bonifacio fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • C. Young: Young fouled out to third
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers doubled to deep right
        • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Leon lined out to left
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts singled to deep left, Devers scored
        • E. Nunez: Nunez singled to right, Betts to second
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pedroia reached on fielder's choice to third, Betts out at third
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bonifacio singled to center
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Cain reached on fielder's choice to third, Bonifacio out at second
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Pickoff attempt, Hosmer singled to left, Cain to third
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Hosmer stole second, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moustakas homered to right, Cain and Hosmer scored
        • B. Moss: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moss doubled to deep right
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Escobar flied out to right
        • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez lined out to center
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Bradley flied out to shallow left
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to second
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield popped out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Leon walked
        • M. Betts: Ball, Betts popped out to first
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Nunez singled to shallow left, Leon to second
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pedroia grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hosmer grounded out to second
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez homered to left
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
        • B. Moss: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moss struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bradley reached on an infield single to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bradley out at second
        • C. Young: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Young lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Merrifield lined out to left
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio walked
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cain grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bonifacio out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Betts grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Nunez walked
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pedroia flied out to center
        • H. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)