Dustin Pedroia (ribs) remains out for Boston

Jason Hammel pitched his fourth consecutive gem and Whit Merrifield drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning single as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-2 on Monday night. That's when he gave up a leadoff single to Hanley Ramirez, and the hot-hitting Bradley sent a 1-0 pitch over the bullpen in right for a two-run homer that tied the game.

Red Sox relievers had thrown 26 straight scoreless innings before the slump. Ramon Torres ran for Butera.

He flipped it after singling during the eighth inning against Royals reliever Mike Minor on Monday. Eric Hosmer led the charge by going 1 for 2 with a two run home run. In his career, Sale is 9-10 with a 2.97 ERA and 144 strikeouts against Kansas City.

Jason Hammel improved to 4-6 and has now won three of his last four starts and dropped his ERA by nearly two runs in that stretch.

Merrifield went to second on a Jorge Bonifacio chopper and scored on a Lorenzo Cain single.

2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. Velazquez struck out three and walked none.

MARLINS 8, NATIONALS 7 Marcell Ozuna singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning, and host Miami overcame an early six-run deficit to beat Washington.

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia was out of the lineup after getting hit in the ribs by a pitch Sunday in Houston.

The Royals and first-round draft pick Nick Pratto agreed to a contract that includes a $3.45 million signing bonus. The Royals recalled RHP Kevin McCarthy from Triple-A Omaha.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Pedroia is day to day, but it's unlikely he will play before the series finale Wednesday.

The Red Sox and Royals continue their series on Tuesday, June 20 at 8:15 p.m. He surrendered just three hits and retired 16 of the last 17 hitters he faced.

  • Leroy Wright