The Kansas City Royals won a three-game series for the first time this month by scoring three runs in each of the third and sixth innings to beat the visiting Boston Red Sox 7-3 on Sunday afternoon.
Kansas City, which snapped a six-game losing streak by beating the Red Sox on Friday night, took two of three in a series for the first time since May 28-30 at Minnesota.
The Royals came into the day with losses in 12 of their previous 14 games.
Boston opened the scoring in the second on a two-run home run from Enrique Hernandez after Mike Minor (6-4) walked Hunter Renfroe with two outs.
That was all the Red Sox could muster against Minor, however, as he ended up going 6 2/3 innings giving up nine hits with six strikeouts.
Minor was pulled with two outs in the seventh. He had not only thrown a season-high 107 pitches but gave up consecutive singles to Alex Verdugo and J.D. Martinez with the Royals holding a 7-2 lead.
Scott Barlow came in and got out of the jam by striking out Xander Bogaerts.
Down 2-0, the Royals made it a one-run game in the bottom of the second when Michael A. Taylor reached on an error that scored Adalberto Mondesi.
In the third, Kansas City tied the score at 2 on a single from Salvador Perez that plated Whit Merrifield. With two outs, Jarrod Dyson doubled in Perez and Mondesi to give Kansas City a lead it would not relinquish.
The Royals extended their lead in the sixth. With one out and one on, Yacksel Rios replaced Darwinzon Hernandez and gave up a two-run homer to Merrifield, making it 6-2. With two outs, Hunter Dozier (3-for-5) singled in Carlos Santana.
The Red Sox got a run back when Rafael Devers homered to lead off the eighth, but with bases loaded and one out, Marwin Gonzalez grounded into a double play.
Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi (7-4) went four innings, giving up four runs (three earned) off seven hits with four strikeouts.
Both teams have Monday off. Kansas City opens a three-game series at the New York Yankees on Tuesday; Boston travels to Tampa Bay for a three-game set.
–Field Level Media