Red Sox win 7-4, sweep Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) If the Boston Red Sox keep getting this kind of pitching and hitting, their first 100-win season in more than seven decades seems a lock.

Rick Porcello matched his victory total from last year, pitching seven effective innings, Andrew Benintendi had four hits and scored twice, and the Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 7-4 on Sunday.

The Red Sox hit .385, 45 for 111, and had 68 base runners in sweeping the three-game series. Boston has won six straight and 13 of 16 and own the best record in the majors at 62-29.

''One through nine, they're all great hitters,'' loser Heath Fillmyer (0-1) said after his first big-league start. ''That's probably why they're in the position they are this year.''

The Red Sox haven't won 100 games since 1946.

Porcello (11-3), who was 11-17 in 2017, allowed three runs on nine hits before leaving after 111 pitches. He struck out nine, matching his season high, and walked one. Craig Kimbrel got the final two outs for his 27th save in 29 chances.

Benintendi extended his on-base streak to 10 straight - six hits and four walks - before striking out in the eighth.

''I thought I was patient up there,'' Benintendi said. ''I was trying to get pitches I could handle and was able to do that.''

Drew Butera singled and Whit Merrifield doubled to lead off the Kansas City seventh, but Porcello stranded them by striking out Jorge Bonifacio and Mike Moustakas and retiring Lucas Duda on a fly ball.

''I went out there with the thought of taking him out,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after Merrifield's hit. ''I think with the lead and the conviction he told me, `I got it,' we went hitter by hitter and he got them.''

Porcello persuaded Cora to let him get out of the jam.

''I just tried to make my best case for staying in,'' Porcello said. ''I felt like I was throwing the ball well. They got runners at second and third with nobody out and I felt like I could get out of it and limit the damage. I felt like it was my mess to clean up. Guys in the bullpen have been getting a lot of work lately and that was my job. Our offense did a great job of putting runs up and that should've been a shutdown inning. I wanted it and he gave it to me.''

Eduardo Nunez drove in two Boston runs with singles in the fourth and seventh. Mitch Moreland walked with the base loaded in the fifth and singled in a run in the seventh. Xavier Bogaerts also contributed an RBI-double in a three-run seventh.

Merrifield singled in a run in the ninth for his first five-hit game. Bonifacio drove in two KC runs with a third-inning double.

''Anytime you can get five hits, that's a good day,'' Merrifield said. ''But a tough day for us as a team.''

Fillmyer allowed four runs, one unearned, on eight hits and three walks. He was filling in for Jakob Junis, who went on the disabled list with back tightness.

''I just try to minimize the mistakes. I think I learned a lot from it,'' Fillmyer said. ''Hopefully, the next start I can put together a few things and give them a little bit more.''

The Royals, who turned five double plays, lost their ninth straight to match their longest of skid this season and are 4-27 in their last 31 games. They are 38 games below .500 for the first time since ending the 2006 season 62-100.

ROYALS SIGN TEENAGE PITCHER

The Royals signed RHP Kaito Yuki, 16, from Osaka, Japan. He opted to sign a professional contract in lieu of going to high school.

ESCOBAR STREAK ENDS

Royals SS Alcides Escobar was not in the lineup after starting the previous 421 games, which was the longest active streak in the majors.

ROSTER MOVES

Red Sox: RHPs Ryan Brasier and William Cuevas were promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket. Brasier last pitched in the majors in 2013 with the Angels and spent last year in Japan. Cuevas was 5-5 with a 3.65 ERA in 15 starts with Pawtucket.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: DH J.D. Martinez was held out of the lineup after fouling pitches off his right foot and left calf on Saturday. ''He's a little banged up,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. ''It made sense to stay away from him. We'll give him one day and he'll be back in the starting lineup tomorrow.''

C Christian Vazquez (broken right pinkie) went on the disabled list and will see a hand specialist Monday in Boston. LHP Brian Johnson (left hip inflammation) was placed on the 10-day DL.

Royals: Junis's DL is retroactive to July 3.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (10-3, 3.84) will start the series opener Monday against the Rangers at Fenway Park.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (4-8, 5.19 ERA) will start Monday in Minnesota as the club opens a six-game trip.

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KC25-64
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  • W: R. Porcello (11-3)L: H. Fillmyer (0-1)S: C. Kimbrel (27)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF42100112.342.432.6731.1053.5
A. Benintendi LF52400011.293.379.515.8946.5
S. Pearce DH21210200.323.376.545.9226.0
M. Moreland 1B41120104.288.358.525.8845.0
X. Bogaerts SS31220100.281.355.520.8757.0
R. Devers 3B40100115.246.294.431.7261.5
E. Nunez 2B50220002.259.289.374.6634.0
S. Leon C50000024.250.292.391.683-1.0
J. Bradley CF30100100.200.292.327.6194.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B51510000.303.371.429.8009.0
    J. Bonifacio RF50220014.313.371.438.8094.5
    M. Moustakas 1B50000027.254.309.468.777-1.0
    L. Duda DH50000037.240.302.417.719-1.5
    A. Gordon LF41100010.243.321.335.6561.5
    H. Dozier 3B40000020.208.267.327.594-1.0
    A. Almonte CF30000121.180.262.286.5470.0
    A. Mondesi SS41210021.222.236.352.5884.0
    D. Butera C41200002.165.243.233.4763.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Benintendi (22), X. Bogaerts (25)
      • SF - S. Pearce, X. Bogaerts (3)
      • RBI - S. Pearce (19), M. Moreland 2 (43), X. Bogaerts 2 (54), E. Nunez 2 (24)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield 2 (27), J. Bonifacio (4), A. Mondesi (4)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (29), J. Bonifacio 2 (3), A. Mondesi (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Mondesi (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Bradley (10)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 5 (Merrifield-Mondesi-Moustakas; Mondesi-Merrifield-Moustakas; Moustakas-Mondesi; Merrifield-Mondesi-Moustakas; Mondesi-Merrifield-Moustakas)
      • E - A. Mondesi (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (W, 11-3)7.09331903.581.1722.5
      M. Barnes1.00000202.331.034.0
      T. Thornburg0.121100013.502.25-3.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 27)0.21000201.980.917.0
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (W, 11-3)7.0
      M. Barnes1.0
      T. Thornburg0.1
      C. Kimbrel (S, 27)0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Fillmyer (L, 0-1)4.18433003.381.35-7.0
      G. Sparkman1.243312016.203.00-4.0
      E. Romero1.01000106.752.502.5
      J. Adam1.01001104.661.341.5
      W. Peralta1.00002101.171.571.5
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Fillmyer (L, 0-1)4.1
      G. Sparkman1.2
      E. Romero1.0
      J. Adam1.0
      W. Peralta1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - R. Porcello (2), T. Thornburg
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 111-78, M. Barnes 14-10, T. Thornburg 12-8, C. Kimbrel 13-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 4-8, M. Barnes 1-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 31, M. Barnes 3, T. Thornburg 3, C. Kimbrel 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 73-39, G. Sparkman 44-28, E. Romero 13-8, J. Adam 21-9, W. Peralta 17-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 8-3, G. Sparkman 2-1, E. Romero 1-0, J. Adam 1-1, W. Peralta 1-0
      • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 22, G. Sparkman 10, E. Romero 3, J. Adam 5, W. Peralta 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      BOS62-29
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      KC25-64
      0021000014121
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF42100112.342.432.6731.1053.5
      A. Benintendi LF52400011.293.379.515.8946.5
      S. Pearce DH21210200.323.376.545.9226.0
      M. Moreland 1B41120104.288.358.525.8845.0
      X. Bogaerts SS31220100.281.355.520.8757.0
      R. Devers 3B40100115.246.294.431.7261.5
      E. Nunez 2B50220002.259.289.374.6634.0
      S. Leon C50000024.250.292.391.683-1.0
      J. Bradley CF30100100.200.292.327.6194.0
      Total35714707518-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B51510000.303.371.429.8009.0
        J. Bonifacio RF50220014.313.371.438.8094.5
        M. Moustakas 1B50000027.254.309.468.777-1.0
        L. Duda DH50000037.240.302.417.719-1.5
        A. Gordon LF41100010.243.321.335.6561.5
        H. Dozier 3B40000020.208.267.327.594-1.0
        A. Almonte CF30000121.180.262.286.5470.0
        A. Mondesi SS41210021.222.236.352.5884.0
        D. Butera C41200002.165.243.233.4763.0
        Total394124011322-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Benintendi (22), X. Bogaerts (25)
          • SF - S. Pearce, X. Bogaerts (3)
          • RBI - S. Pearce (19), M. Moreland 2 (43), X. Bogaerts 2 (54), E. Nunez 2 (24)
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield 2 (27), J. Bonifacio (4), A. Mondesi (4)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (29), J. Bonifacio 2 (3), A. Mondesi (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Mondesi (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Bradley (10)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 5 (Merrifield-Mondesi-Moustakas; Mondesi-Merrifield-Moustakas; Moustakas-Mondesi; Merrifield-Mondesi-Moustakas; Mondesi-Merrifield-Moustakas)
          • E - A. Mondesi (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Porcello (W, 11-3)7.09331903.581.1722.5
          M. Barnes1.00000202.331.034.0
          T. Thornburg0.121100013.502.25-3.0
          C. Kimbrel (S, 27)0.21000201.980.917.0
          Total9.012441130---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Porcello (W, 11-3)7.0
          M. Barnes1.0
          T. Thornburg0.1
          C. Kimbrel (S, 27)0.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          H. Fillmyer (L, 0-1)4.18433003.381.35-7.0
          G. Sparkman1.243312016.203.00-4.0
          E. Romero1.01000106.752.502.5
          J. Adam1.01001104.661.341.5
          W. Peralta1.00002101.171.571.5
          Total9.01476750---
          PITCHERSIP
          H. Fillmyer (L, 0-1)4.1
          G. Sparkman1.2
          E. Romero1.0
          J. Adam1.0
          W. Peralta1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - R. Porcello (2), T. Thornburg
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 111-78, M. Barnes 14-10, T. Thornburg 12-8, C. Kimbrel 13-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 4-8, M. Barnes 1-0
          • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 31, M. Barnes 3, T. Thornburg 3, C. Kimbrel 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 73-39, G. Sparkman 44-28, E. Romero 13-8, J. Adam 21-9, W. Peralta 17-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 8-3, G. Sparkman 2-1, E. Romero 1-0, J. Adam 1-1, W. Peralta 1-0
          • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 22, G. Sparkman 10, E. Romero 3, J. Adam 5, W. Peralta 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Merrifield singled to left, Mondesi scored74
          • 7TH INNING
            Nunez singled to left, Moreland scored, Bogaerts to third73
            Bogaerts doubled to deep left, Pearce scored, Moreland to third63
            Moreland singled to center, Benintendi scored, Pearce to second53
          • 5TH INNING
            Bogaerts hit sacrifice fly to center, Benintendi scored, Pearce to third43
            Moreland walked, Betts scored, Benintendi to third, Pearce to second33
          • 4TH INNING
            Mondesi singled to center, Gordon scored23
            Nunez singled to right, Bogaerts scored22
          • 3RD INNING
            Bonifacio doubled to left center, Butera and Merrifield scored12
            Pearce hit sacrifice fly to left, Betts scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Wily Peralta relieved Jason Adam
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Devers walked, Bogaerts to second
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Nunez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bogaerts to third, Devers out at second
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tyler Thornburg relieved Matt Barnes
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mondesi doubled to deep right
            • D. Butera: Butera flied out to left
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mondesi to third on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Merrifield singled to left, Mondesi scored
            • Craig Kimbrel relieved Tyler Thornburg
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Bonifacio singled to left, Merrifield to second
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jason Adam relieved Enny Romero
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bradley singled to center
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Betts popped out to second
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bradley stole second, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pearce walked
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Barnes relieved Rick Porcello
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi doubled to left center
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce singled to left, Benintendi to third
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Moreland singled to center, Benintendi scored, Pearce to second
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts doubled to deep left, Pearce scored, Moreland to third
            • Enny Romero relieved Glenn Sparkman
            • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Devers struck out on foul tip
            • E. Nunez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Nunez singled to left, Moreland scored, Bogaerts to third
            • S. Leon: Ball, Leon grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Nunez out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Butera singled to center
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield doubled to deep left, Butera to third
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Bonifacio struck out on foul tip
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • L. Duda: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Duda flied out to center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Dozier grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Almonte walked
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley flied out to deep center
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts singled to left
            • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Benintendi singled to left, Betts to second
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce singled to left, Betts to third, Benintendi to second
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked, Betts scored, Benintendi to third, Pearce to second
            • Glenn Sparkman relieved Heath Fillmyer
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts hit sacrifice fly to center, Benintendi scored, Pearce to third
            • R. Devers: Devers grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield doubled to deep right center
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio lined out to right
            • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Moustakas lined out to left
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Duda struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts safe at first on shortstop Mondesi fielding error, Bogaerts to second
            • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Foul, Devers fouled out to third
            • E. Nunez: Nunez singled to right, Bogaerts scored
            • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Leon grounded into double play shortstop to first, Nunez out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Gordon singled to right
            • H. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to second, Gordon to second
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gordon to third on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mondesi singled to center, Gordon scored
            • D. Butera: Ball, Butera flied out to center
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley grounded out to second
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
            • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Benintendi singled to right, Betts to third
            • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Pearce hit sacrifice fly to left, Betts scored
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Moreland grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Butera singled to left center
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Merrifield singled to center, Butera to second
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Bonifacio doubled to left center, Butera and Merrifield scored
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moustakas popped out to third
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Bogaerts singled to right
            • R. Devers: Pickoff attempt, Devers singled to right, Bogaerts to second
            • E. Nunez: Nunez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bogaerts to third, Devers out at second
            • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Leon grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • A. Almonte: Foul, Almonte grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Betts grounded out to second
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi singled to center
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pearce walked, Benintendi to second
            • M. Moreland: Moreland grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Pearce out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield singled to center
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Bonifacio flied out to center
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Moustakas flied out to right
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Duda lined out to center
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)