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Royals Sweep Double Header at Fenway

(MICHAEL DWYER/AP)

(MICHAEL DWYER/AP)

BOSTON (AP) — Lorenzo Cain walked with two outs and the bases loaded in the 10th inning to give Kansas City a 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday and complete the Royals’ sweep of a day-night doubleheader.

Ervin Santana (2-1) pitched seven strong innings in the opener, when Kansas City won 4-2. Kelvin Herrera (2-2) got the win in the night game, a makeup of the one postponed on Friday night because of the city-wide lockdown during the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombers.

Alex Gordon had three hits in the second game, including a single with one out in the 10th. Alcides Escobar walked and, after Billy Butler struck out, Eric Hosmer reached on an infield single – his fourth hit of the day.

Andrew Miller (0-1) walked Cain on four pitches to bring home Gordon, who scored his third run of the game.

Herrera allowed one hit and one walk, striking out three in two innings.

It was a disappointing ending to an emotional weekend for the Red Sox, who returned on Thursday night to a city still reeling from the Boston Marathon bombings. Friday’s game was postponed while police searched for the suspects, and on Saturday the emotion of the pregame ceremony seemed to carry the ballclub to victory.

A more subdued atmosphere – and smaller crowds – greeted the teams on Sunday, but there were still some signs that things had changed: The American flag in left-center field remained at half-staff, Red Sox players wore a “B STRONG” patch on their jerseys and law enforcement officers were cheered whenever they were shown on the scoreboard.

In his first two at bats on the day game, Jonny Gomes used a bat with the words “Boston Strong” and the names of the four people killed in the bombings and its aftermath. He popped out and grounded out, then said he planned to auction off the bats for charity.

For his third straight start, Santana allowed runs in the opening inning then settled down as the Royals ended Boston’s seven-game winning streak. Santana allowed two runs on six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.

“I was leaving a couple of pitches up in the first inning,” said Santana, who gave up four runs and nine hits in the first inning, then one run on 12 hits in his other 20. “I feel comfortable every time I take the mound and I have confidence.”

The Red Sox loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth against Bruce Chen and Aaron Crow, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounded out to Crow. Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in five opportunities.

The Royals scored three runs in the fourth. Salvador Perez’s two-run single broke a 2-2 tie against Ryan Dempster (0-2), who had struck out the previous two batters.

Dempster allowed four runs on six hits in seven innings, striking out eight and walking three. That ended a season-opening streak of 16 games by Red Sox starters of allowing three runs or less, tying an AL record achieved by the Oakland Athletics in 1978 and 1981.

Notes: Red Sox RF Shane Victorino missed his first game of the season after leaving Saturday’s 4-3 win with back spasms. … Dustin Pedroia has reached base in all 18 games, the most consecutive games to start a season by a Red Sox 2B, breaking the record set by Pete Runnels in 1959. … Jacoby Ellsbury has hit in 11 straight games. … Cain had hits in seven straight at bats before grounding out on the first then getting his double in the fourth of the day game. … The Royals recalled LHP Will Smith from Triple-A Omaha. … Felix Doubront (1-0) pitches for the Red Sox against A.J. Griffin (2-0) in the opener of a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics on Monday night at Fenway Park. … Kansas City is off Monday before starting a three-game series at Detroit on Tuesday night with Wade Davis (2-0) pitching for the Royals against Max Scherzer (1-0). … Koji Uehara had gone 18 1-3 scoreless innings before allowing Butler’s homer in the eighth of the night game.

 


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