April 21, 2013

MLB: Royals sweep Red Sox

 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.

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