Porcello, Travis help Red Sox halt 8-game skid, 7-5 over KC

BOSTON (AP) The music was blaring in the clubhouse and Boston utility player Brock Holt was holding a microphone, acting like a DJ.

The defending World Series champion Red Sox were clearly ready to relax and have fun again.

Rick Porcello pitched six innings of one-run ball, Sam Travis hit a two-run homer and the Red Sox halted their eight-game losing streak with a 7-5 victory over the struggling Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

''That's kind of where we need to be in general,'' Porcello said. ''Some pressure when you start losing, especially with the talented team we have. That's kind of how we need to be every day, kind of relaxed and focus on the task in hand.''

Rafael Devers added a solo shot for the Red Sox. Travis' gave Boston a homer in a club-record 18 straight games in Fenway Park. The old mark was set in 1969.

Bubba Starling, Meibrys Viloria and Cheslor Cuthbert each went deep for Kansas City, with Viloria's his first homer in the majors and Starling's a three-run shot.

It was the seventh straight loss for the Royals, who had a 10-game skid in the season's first two weeks.

Porcello (10-8), who smashed a pair of TV monitors in the Fenway dugout in frustration in his last start, gave up four hits, walked two and struck out five.

The only thing he broke this time was the defending World Series champions' losing streak. It was their first win since beating the rival Yankees at home on July 27 and moved them 5 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the AL's second wild-card spot.

''Obviously we had a rough week, but we still believe in ourselves,'' Devers said through a translator.

The longest skid for a defending champ is 11 games, done by both the 1998 then-Florida Marlins (twice) and the 1986 Royals.

Boston's starters had a 10.95 ERA over the eight-game skid.

Brandon Workman got the final three outs for his sixth save.

Making his fourth start since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs in July, Mike Montgomery (1-5) gave up four runs - two earned - over five innings and fell to 0-3 since joining the Royals.

''I thought he threw the ball fine. He did a nice job,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He gave us a chance to win the game.''

In their first time through the order against Montgomery, the Red Sox struck out five times. Boston jumped ahead with three runs the second time.

Mookie Betts opened the third inning with a walk and Devers singled. Shortstop Nick Lopez booted Xander Bogaerts' grounder, with Betts scoring from third.

After Andrew Benintendi bounced into a double play, Travis hit his shot into the Green Monster seats. Devers hit his over the Monster in the fifth.

Benintendi's two-run double highlighted a three-run seventh that made it 7-2.

QUICK WORK

Viloria's homer went over the Monster and the ball bounced onto the field, where it rolled it down the line and was picked up by a ball girl, who gave it to a child in the first row.

Some in the Royals dugout yelled and finally got her attention before throwing her a ball. She quickly went over and swapped it.

''(I) wasn't even aware of that but (I'm) glad they gave it to (me),'' Viloria said through a translator.

CRUNCHING NUMBERS

Boston manager Alex Cora knows his team's in a big hole.

''We've got to win series. That's the bottom line,'' he said before the game. ''If you win every series from now on, you put yourself in a good spot. If we do something great as far as math and percentages and all that, I do believe that we do need a streak of putting good pitching together. We can't talk about it, `We'll be fine. We'll be fine.' Right now, we're not fine.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: INF Adalberto Mondesi (left shoulder) is with the team doing his rehab work, but Yost said it's likely a while before he returns to the lineup.

Red Sox: DH J.D. Martinez was scratched from the lineup due to back tightness. . Cora and a trainer came out to check on Betts when he was on first in the seventh. He stayed in but limped around the bases on Benintendi's double and was removed with a left shin contusion.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (6-10, 5.03 ERA) is slated to start on Tuesday. He's pitched at least six innings in 11 of his last 14 starts.

Red Sox: RHP Andrew Cashner (10-6, 4.51) is set to start for Boston and is looking to set a career high in wins.

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  • W: R. Porcello (10-8)L: M. Montgomery (1-5)S: B. Workman (6)
  • HR: KC - B. Starling (2), C. Cuthbert (7), M. Viloria (1), BOS - R. Devers (23), S. Travis (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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W. Merrifield 2B40200101.300.355.478.8334.0
A. Gordon LF50000024.273.347.426.773-1.0
H. Dozier RF41200121.280.365.530.8954.0
J. Soler DH31000013.249.329.513.8420.5
C. Cuthbert 3B41111022.290.324.439.7645.0
R. O'Hearn 1B30000102.174.271.304.5761.0
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M. Viloria C41111011.267.353.433.7865.5
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    M. Betts RF22000210.283.390.491.8813.5
    B. Holt 2B10000001.312.377.404.7810.0
    R. Devers 3B42211012.322.370.568.9387.5
    X. Bogaerts SS31110101.307.387.563.9504.0
    A. Benintendi LF-CF40220012.286.358.472.8305.5
    S. Travis 1B-LF41121011.250.286.400.6866.5
    C. Vazquez DH40000031.281.321.488.809-1.5
    M. Chavis 2B-1B30200100.263.332.462.7943.0
    J. Bradley CF-RF40100002.224.319.395.7141.0
    S. Leon C41100013.194.255.302.5581.5
    R. Porcello P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    N. Eovaldi P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    B. Workman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (31), H. Dozier (20)
      • HR - C. Cuthbert (7), B. Starling (2), M. Viloria
      • RBI - C. Cuthbert (29), B. Starling 3 (7), M. Viloria (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Cuthbert (17), B. Starling 3 (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon 2 (2), H. Dozier, J. Soler 3 (3), M. Viloria
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Benintendi 2 (33)
      • HR - R. Devers (23), S. Travis (3)
      • RBI - R. Devers (87), X. Bogaerts (85), A. Benintendi 2 (59), S. Travis 2 (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Travis 2 (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Holt, A. Benintendi, C. Vazquez, J. Bradley, S. Leon 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Starling (3)
      • DP - (Merrifield-Lopez-O'Hearn)
      • E - N. Lopez (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - S. Leon (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Montgomery (L, 1-5)5.07421726.021.753.5
      K. McCarthy1.01000004.671.622.0
      T. Hill0.11221004.411.47-4.0
      S. Barlow0.21111105.731.55-2.5
      J. Staumont1.00001003.382.442.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Montgomery (L, 1-5)5.0
      K. McCarthy1.0
      T. Hill0.1
      S. Barlow0.2
      J. Staumont1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (W, 10-8)6.04112515.541.4423.5
      N. Eovaldi (H, 1)1.01111016.751.690.0
      M. Barnes1.02320214.671.350.0
      B. Workman (S, 6)1.01000201.991.0310.0
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (W, 10-8)6.0
      N. Eovaldi (H, 1)1.0
      M. Barnes1.0
      B. Workman (S, 6)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Barlow (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Montgomery 90-54, K. McCarthy 9-6, T. Hill 18-9, S. Barlow 19-9, J. Staumont 11-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Montgomery 6-1, K. McCarthy 3-0, S. Barlow 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Montgomery 22, K. McCarthy 4, T. Hill 3, S. Barlow 4, J. Staumont 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 99-67, N. Eovaldi 15-8, M. Barnes 27-16, B. Workman 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 8-5, B. Workman 1-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 24, N. Eovaldi 5, M. Barnes 6, B. Workman 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      W. Merrifield 2B40200101.300.355.478.8334.0
      A. Gordon LF50000024.273.347.426.773-1.0
      H. Dozier RF41200121.280.365.530.8954.0
      J. Soler DH31000013.249.329.513.8420.5
      C. Cuthbert 3B41111022.290.324.439.7645.0
      R. O'Hearn 1B30000102.174.271.304.5761.0
      B. Starling CF41131001.250.280.361.6418.0
      M. Viloria C41111011.267.353.433.7865.5
      N. Lopez SS40100010.223.262.287.5480.5
      M. Montgomery P0000-000.200.200.200.000-
      K. McCarthy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      T. Hill P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      S. Barlow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Staumont P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF22000210.283.390.491.8813.5
        B. Holt 2B10000001.312.377.404.7810.0
        R. Devers 3B42211012.322.370.568.9387.5
        X. Bogaerts SS31110101.307.387.563.9504.0
        A. Benintendi LF-CF40220012.286.358.472.8305.5
        S. Travis 1B-LF41121011.250.286.400.6866.5
        C. Vazquez DH40000031.281.321.488.809-1.5
        M. Chavis 2B-1B30200100.263.332.462.7943.0
        J. Bradley CF-RF40100002.224.319.395.7141.0
        S. Leon C41100013.194.255.302.5581.5
        R. Porcello P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        N. Eovaldi P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        M. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        B. Workman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        Total33710624813-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield (31), H. Dozier (20)
          • HR - C. Cuthbert (7), B. Starling (2), M. Viloria
          • RBI - C. Cuthbert (29), B. Starling 3 (7), M. Viloria (5)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Cuthbert (17), B. Starling 3 (4)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon 2 (2), H. Dozier, J. Soler 3 (3), M. Viloria
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Benintendi 2 (33)
          • HR - R. Devers (23), S. Travis (3)
          • RBI - R. Devers (87), X. Bogaerts (85), A. Benintendi 2 (59), S. Travis 2 (9)
          • 2-Out RBI - S. Travis 2 (6)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Holt, A. Benintendi, C. Vazquez, J. Bradley, S. Leon 2 (2)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - B. Starling (3)
          • DP - (Merrifield-Lopez-O'Hearn)
          • E - N. Lopez (3)
          FIELDING
          • E - S. Leon (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Montgomery (L, 1-5)5.07421726.021.753.5
          K. McCarthy1.01000004.671.622.0
          T. Hill0.11221004.411.47-4.0
          S. Barlow0.21111105.731.55-2.5
          J. Staumont1.00001003.382.442.0
          Total8.01075482---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Montgomery (L, 1-5)5.0
          K. McCarthy1.0
          T. Hill0.1
          S. Barlow0.2
          J. Staumont1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Porcello (W, 10-8)6.04112515.541.4423.5
          N. Eovaldi (H, 1)1.01111016.751.690.0
          M. Barnes1.02320214.671.350.0
          B. Workman (S, 6)1.01000201.991.0310.0
          Total9.0854393---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Porcello (W, 10-8)6.0
          N. Eovaldi (H, 1)1.0
          M. Barnes1.0
          B. Workman (S, 6)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - S. Barlow (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Montgomery 90-54, K. McCarthy 9-6, T. Hill 18-9, S. Barlow 19-9, J. Staumont 11-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Montgomery 6-1, K. McCarthy 3-0, S. Barlow 1-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Montgomery 22, K. McCarthy 4, T. Hill 3, S. Barlow 4, J. Staumont 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 99-67, N. Eovaldi 15-8, M. Barnes 27-16, B. Workman 17-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 8-5, B. Workman 1-0
          • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 24, N. Eovaldi 5, M. Barnes 6, B. Workman 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Starling homered to left, Dozier and Soler scored57
          • 7TH INNING
            Benintendi doubled to deep right, Betts and Bogaerts scored27
            Leon scored, Betts to second on wild pitch25
            Viloria homered to left24
          • 6TH INNING
            Cuthbert homered to left14
          • 5TH INNING
            Devers homered to left center04
          • 3RD INNING
            Travis homered to center, Devers scored03
            Bogaerts reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Betts scored, Devers to second on shortstop Lopez fielding error01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Brandon Workman relieved Matt Barnes
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lopez struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield doubled to left
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon grounded out to first, Merrifield to third
            • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Matt Barnes relieved Nathan Eovaldi
            • Brock Holt at second base
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier singled to left center
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Soler reached on catcher's interference, Dozier to second on catcher Leon fielding error
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, O'Hearn flied out to center
            • B. Starling: Ball, Starling homered to left, Dozier and Soler scored
            • M. Viloria: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Viloria struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Josh Staumont relieved Scott Barlow
            • M. Chavis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chavis walked
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Bradley lined out to center
            • S. Leon: Ball, Leon flied out to left
            • B. Holt: Holt lined out to right
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Nathan Eovaldi relieved Rick Porcello
            • B. Starling: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Starling flied out to deep center
            • M. Viloria: Strike looking, Foul, Viloria homered to left
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Lopez flied out to left
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • A. Gordon: Gordon flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Tim Hill relieved Kevin McCarthy
            • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Leon singled to left
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Betts walked, Leon to second
            • R. Devers: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Devers flied out to deep right, Leon to third
            • Scott Barlow relieved Tim Hill
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Leon scored, Betts to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Foul, Benintendi doubled to deep right, Betts and Bogaerts scored
            • S. Travis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Travis grounded out to first, Benintendi to third
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Cuthbert homered to left
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, O'Hearn popped out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Mike Montgomery
            • S. Travis: Ball, Travis grounded out to second
            • C. Vazquez: Foul, Foul, Vazquez grounded out to second
            • M. Chavis: Ball, Ball, Chavis reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Bradley: Bradley grounded out to first
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • M. Viloria: Strike swinging, Viloria grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lopez grounded out to first
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Merrifield singled to shallow center
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Gordon struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Montgomery Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Betts grounded out to second
            • R. Devers: Ball, Devers homered to left center
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cuthbert lined out to center
            • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn lined out to center
            • B. Starling: Strike looking, Starling grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Montgomery Pitching:
            • M. Chavis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Chavis grounded out to third
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bradley popped out to second
            • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Leon grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Lopez singled to shallow center
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield grounded out to first, Lopez to second
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier walked
            • J. Soler: Soler grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Montgomery Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
            • R. Devers: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Devers singled to center, Betts to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Betts scored, Devers to second on shortstop Lopez fielding error
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Benintendi grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Devers to third, Bogaerts out at second
            • S. Travis: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Travis homered to center, Devers scored
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, O'Hearn walked
            • B. Starling: Strike looking, Foul, Starling lined out to center
            • M. Viloria: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Viloria reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, O'Hearn out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Montgomery Pitching:
            • S. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Travis struck out swinging
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Vazquez struck out on foul tip
            • M. Chavis: Chavis singled to left
            • J. Bradley: Bradley singled to shallow right, Chavis to second
            • S. Leon: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • R. Porcello Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to second
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Gordon flied out to deep center
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier doubled to deep left
            • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Soler grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Montgomery Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Betts struck out looking
            • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to shallow right center
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Benintendi doubled to deep left, Bogaerts out at home
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)