The Boston Red Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-1 Friday night to keep pace with the Yankees in the AL East.
Despite the absence of several ailing sluggers, the Sox were able put up a 7 spot against the Royals. It was their highest run total since August 8th.
Boston entered their weekend series with the Royals sans big boppers David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis. Ortiz is restricted to the bench while dealing with heel bursitis, and Youkilis was placed on the disabled list earlier this week.
But the Red Sox didn’t miss a beat without the pair yesterday. The club tallied 6 extra base hits while Jed Lowrie and Ryan Lavarnway, Boston’s replacements for Ortiz and Youkilis, combined to go 4-8 with a pair of walks.
Royals’ starter Jeff Francis wasn’t quite as effective. While he was able to avoid damage over the first three frames, Francis ran into trouble in the top of the 4th.
He surrendered two of what ended up being 7 unanswered runs that inning. Jarrod Saltalamacchia then opened things up in the 5th with his 3 run shot off of Francis.
The win allowed the Sox to remain only a half game back of the Yankees in the AL East.
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