What a month: Red Sox complete best April with win over KC

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox slammed their way through their most wins in April ever.

Xander Bogaerts hit a grand slam over the Green Monster and Boston finished April by beating the Kansas City Royals 10-6 on Monday night.

Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and had three hits along with Bogaerts for the Red Sox, who posted their 19th victory in April. They had reached 18 three times, the last coming in their World Series-winning 2013 season.

It was Boston's sixth slam of the season - all coming in April - and tied them with 1996 Montreal Expos for most ever in the majors by May 1. The Red Sox didn't even hit one last season.

''I didn't hit a grand slam in my career, it's not because of me,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said, breaking into a smile.

Bogaerts had a simple answer.

''Especially with the bases loaded, we're getting some good swings,'' he said. ''I think we've been really selective and looking for some good pitches to hit.''

Despite playing, at times, in lousy conditions at home - like Monday night when it was chilly night with temperatures in the mid-40s and a light rain falling most of the game - the Red Sox offense continues to hit homers unlike the team that was last in the AL in 2017.

''It's not the best weather to play in,'' Bogaerts said. ''But, it's playable.''

Whit Merrifield had three hits and two RBIs for the Royals, who were coming off their first consecutive wins this season.

Hector Velazquez (4-0), the first of three relievers, worked two scoreless innings of relief for the victory.

Trailing 3-0, Boston scored a run in the second on Moreland's homer and five off Jason Hammel (0-3) in a third inning highlighted by Bogaerts' slam that completely left Fenway Park. Moreland drew a bases-loaded walk for the other run.

''I thought that Jason's first couple of innings were good and then he really started to fight it himself a little bit in the third,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''The grand slam was a pitch that was up and in, which I don't think he was trying to go there.''

Boston fell in the 3-0 hole in the first when starter Eduardo Rodriguez gave up three runs on three walks, two singles and a hit batsman.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: SS Alcides Escobar was back in the lineup after leaving Sunday's game with a bruised left hand from being hit by a pitch. ... DH Mike Moustakas was hit by a pitch and came out with a bruised left forearm.

Red Sox: Cora decided to give OF Mookie Betts a second straight day off because of a tight right hamstring that forced him out Saturday. ''I feel like not starting today is going to benefit him, but if we need it late in the game, we'll use him,'' Cora said.

PRESS BOX CONFUSION

The Royals made a late lineup change, which caused confusion in the press box when everyone thought the club had moved its DH to third base after Moustakas had to leave in the first.

It would have forced pitcher Hammel to hit.

The problem was: The Royals had given a new lineup to the umpires from the one posted in the press box and on Fenway's scoreboards that had Moustakas at third base and Cheslor Cuthbert as the DH.

Cuthbert came in at third base at the bottom of the first.

GONE EARLY

Both starting pitchers were out by the fifth inning.

Rodriguez gave up five runs, walked three, hit two batters and struck out six in four.

Hammel was tagged for eight runs on eight hits in 4 2/3.

SPECIAL GUESTS

The Royals' traveling party had 28 extra guests because they were invited to bring their dads or brothers on the trip.

''I really, really enjoy it - a chance to come to Fenway. They went on a tour here, a private tour. I think they all enjoyed that,'' Yost said. ''It's just a phenomenal trip together being able to share three days like this.''

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (3-2, 3.34 ERA) hopes to rebound Tuesday from a miserable previous start when gave up a club-record tying five homers against the White Sox.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (2-1, 2.31) looks to continue his strong run, having allowed three or fewer runs - one or less four times - in his initial six starts.

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  • W: H. Velazquez (4-0)L: J. Hammel (0-3)
  • HR: BOS - M. Moreland (3), X. Bogaerts (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B51320011.266.336.404.7407.5
J. Soler RF41100112.304.434.456.8902.5
M. Moustakas DH01000000.302.336.578.9142.0
a- A. Almonte PH-DH40000023.250.313.409.722-1.0
S. Perez C40110121.265.306.412.7172.0
C. Cuthbert 3B40000024.213.289.313.601-1.0
L. Duda 1B30010110.207.277.315.5921.5
J. Jay CF40110020.238.325.277.6021.0
A. Gordon LF31000023.250.316.308.6231.0
A. Escobar SS42310000.227.296.361.6578.0
  • a-flied out for Moustakas in the 4th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Benintendi CF41110000.242.351.389.7403.0
H. Ramirez DH51200001.330.400.474.8744.0
J. Martinez LF42200101.337.384.574.9586.0
M. Moreland 1B43321101.305.373.559.93213.0
X. Bogaerts SS51341002.412.426.7451.17111.0
R. Devers 3B41010023.257.310.429.7391.0
E. Nunez 2B40110001.240.277.375.6522.0
J. Bradley RF31000102.195.290.310.6002.0
C. Vazquez C40100011.187.247.240.4870.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Merrifield 2 (6), A. Escobar 2 (8)
    • RBI - W. Merrifield 2 (10), S. Perez (3), L. Duda (11), J. Jay (5), A. Escobar (6)
    BATTING
    • 2B - H. Ramirez (5), J. Martinez (7), M. Moreland (6)
    • HR - M. Moreland (3), X. Bogaerts (3)
    • SF - A. Benintendi (2)
    • RBI - A. Benintendi (15), M. Moreland 2 (13), X. Bogaerts 4 (15), R. Devers (21), E. Nunez (8)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Moreland (3), X. Bogaerts 4 (9), E. Nunez (5)
    FIELDING
    • E - C. Cuthbert (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Hammel (L, 0-3)4.28883224.911.31-11.0
    T. Hill0.10000003.721.140.0
    S. Barlow3.05210103.001.673.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Hammel (L, 0-3)4.2
    T. Hill0.1
    S. Barlow3.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Rodriguez4.05553604.781.332.0
    H. Velazquez (W, 4-0)2.01000302.051.2313.5
    C. Smith (H, 3)1.01000205.191.623.0
    B. Johnson2.02110204.761.534.0
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Rodriguez4.0
    H. Velazquez (W, 4-0)2.0
    C. Smith (H, 3)1.0
    B. Johnson2.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 107-63, T. Hill 3-2, S. Barlow 45-33
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 5-7, T. Hill 1-0, S. Barlow 6-3
    • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 25, T. Hill, S. Barlow 15
    PITCHING
    • HBP - E. Rodriguez 2 (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 88-53, H. Velazquez 24-19, C. Smith 20-13, B. Johnson 31-21
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 1-4, H. Velazquez 2-1
    • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 21, H. Velazquez 7, C. Smith 4, B. Johnson 8
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B51320011.266.336.404.7407.5
    J. Soler RF41100112.304.434.456.8902.5
    M. Moustakas DH01000000.302.336.578.9142.0
    a- A. Almonte PH-DH40000023.250.313.409.722-1.0
    S. Perez C40110121.265.306.412.7172.0
    C. Cuthbert 3B40000024.213.289.313.601-1.0
    L. Duda 1B30010110.207.277.315.5921.5
    J. Jay CF40110020.238.325.277.6021.0
    A. Gordon LF31000023.250.316.308.6231.0
    A. Escobar SS42310000.227.296.361.6578.0
    Total35696031314-----
    • a-flied out for Moustakas in the 4th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Benintendi CF41110000.242.351.389.7403.0
    H. Ramirez DH51200001.330.400.474.8744.0
    J. Martinez LF42200101.337.384.574.9586.0
    M. Moreland 1B43321101.305.373.559.93213.0
    X. Bogaerts SS51341002.412.426.7451.17111.0
    R. Devers 3B41010023.257.310.429.7391.0
    E. Nunez 2B40110001.240.277.375.6522.0
    J. Bradley RF31000102.195.290.310.6002.0
    C. Vazquez C40100011.187.247.240.4870.5
    Total371013923312-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield 2 (6), A. Escobar 2 (8)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield 2 (10), S. Perez (3), L. Duda (11), J. Jay (5), A. Escobar (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - H. Ramirez (5), J. Martinez (7), M. Moreland (6)
      • HR - M. Moreland (3), X. Bogaerts (3)
      • SF - A. Benintendi (2)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi (15), M. Moreland 2 (13), X. Bogaerts 4 (15), R. Devers (21), E. Nunez (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Moreland (3), X. Bogaerts 4 (9), E. Nunez (5)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Cuthbert (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hammel (L, 0-3)4.28883224.911.31-11.0
      T. Hill0.10000003.721.140.0
      S. Barlow3.05210103.001.673.5
      Total8.013109332---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hammel (L, 0-3)4.2
      T. Hill0.1
      S. Barlow3.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez4.05553604.781.332.0
      H. Velazquez (W, 4-0)2.01000302.051.2313.5
      C. Smith (H, 3)1.01000205.191.623.0
      B. Johnson2.02110204.761.534.0
      Total9.09663130---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez4.0
      H. Velazquez (W, 4-0)2.0
      C. Smith (H, 3)1.0
      B. Johnson2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 107-63, T. Hill 3-2, S. Barlow 45-33
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 5-7, T. Hill 1-0, S. Barlow 6-3
      • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 25, T. Hill, S. Barlow 15
      PITCHING
      • HBP - E. Rodriguez 2 (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 88-53, H. Velazquez 24-19, C. Smith 20-13, B. Johnson 31-21
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 1-4, H. Velazquez 2-1
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 21, H. Velazquez 7, C. Smith 4, B. Johnson 8
      • 9TH INNING
        Merrifield doubled to deep center, Escobar scored610
      • 7TH INNING
        Bradley safe at first on 3rd baseman Cuthbert fielding error, Devers scored510
        Devers reached on fielder's choice to first, Moreland scored, Bogaerts out at second59
      • 5TH INNING
        Nunez singled to right, Martinez scored, Bogaerts to third58
      • 4TH INNING
        Benintendi hit sacrifice fly to center, Bradley scored57
        Merrifield doubled to left, Escobar scored56
        Escobar doubled to deep left, Gordon scored46
      • 3RD INNING
        Bogaerts homered to left, Ramirez, Martinez and Moreland scored36
        Moreland walked, Benintendi scored, Ramirez to third, Martinez to second32
      • 2ND INNING
        Moreland homered to right31
      • 1ST INNING
        Jay reached on an infield single to second, Moustakas scored, Perez to third, Duda to second30
        Duda walked, Soler scored, Moustakas to third, Perez to second20
        Perez walked, Merrifield scored, Soler to third, Moustakas to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • B. Johnson Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Escobar doubled to left
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield doubled to deep center, Escobar scored
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Soler flied out to center
        • A. Almonte: Strike swinging, Almonte lined out to center
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Brian Johnson relieved Carson Smith
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duda popped out to second
        • J. Jay: Foul, Ball, Jay lined out to left
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Barlow Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Benintendi flied out to deep left
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded out to first
        • J. Martinez: Martinez singled to left
        • M. Moreland: Moreland singled to right, Martinez to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Carson Smith relieved Hector Velazquez
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soler flied out to deep center
        • A. Almonte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Almonte struck out looking
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Perez singled to shallow left
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Barlow Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moreland doubled to deep left
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts singled to left, Moreland to third
        • R. Devers: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Devers reached on fielder's choice to first, Moreland scored, Bogaerts out at second
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez grounded out to catcher, Devers to second
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Bradley safe at first on 3rd baseman Cuthbert fielding error, Devers scored
        • C. Vazquez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Vazquez lined out to third
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • H. Velazquez Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Escobar singled to center
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield grounded into fielder's choice to third, Escobar out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Scott Barlow relieved Tim Hill
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Vazquez struck out looking
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi flied out to shallow left
        • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ramirez singled to right
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Ramirez out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Hector Velazquez relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
        • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Ball, Perez flied out to right
        • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Martinez doubled to deep right
        • M. Moreland: Foul, Moreland flied out to center
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bogaerts singled to left, Martinez to third
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Nunez singled to right, Martinez scored, Bogaerts to third
        • Tim Hill relieved Jason Hammel
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Bradley grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Jay struck out on foul tip
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gordon hit by pitch
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Escobar doubled to deep left, Gordon scored
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield doubled to left, Escobar scored
        • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
        • A. Almonte: Strike (foul tip), Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez popped out to second
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Vazquez singled to center, Bradley to third
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Benintendi hit sacrifice fly to center, Bradley scored
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Strike looking, Cuthbert flied out to center
        • L. Duda: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Duda flied out to shallow left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Bradley grounded out to first
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Foul, Benintendi reached on an infield single to second
        • H. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ramirez doubled to right, Benintendi to third
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moreland walked, Benintendi scored, Ramirez to third, Martinez to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts homered to left, Ramirez, Martinez and Moreland scored
        • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Devers struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (5 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Escobar flied out to center
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • J. Soler: Soler reached on an infield single to second
        • Abraham Almonte hit for Mike Moustakas
        • A. Almonte: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Almonte flied out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland homered to right
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts flied out to deep center
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Devers flied out to deep center
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Nunez grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Merrifield singled to shallow right
        • J. Soler: Strike (foul tip), Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soler walked, Merrifield to second
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas hit by pitch, Merrifield to third, Soler to second
        • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked, Merrifield scored, Soler to third, Moustakas to second
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duda walked, Soler scored, Moustakas to third, Perez to second
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike looking, Jay reached on an infield single to second, Moustakas scored, Perez to third, Duda to second
        • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Jay out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Benintendi lined out to center
        • H. Ramirez: Ramirez flied out to right
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martinez grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)