Perez grand slam in 8th rallies Royals over Red Sox 6-4

Chris Sale gave up four hits and struck out 10 in 8 1/3 innings as the Boston Red Sox breezed to an 8-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. His grand slam into the Royals' bullpen in left field came after two Boston pitchers walked the bases full with no outs. "Felt great, looked great", manager Ned Yost said.

Scott remained in the game to face No. 5 hitter Salvador Perez, a right-handed hitter, who blasted his first career grand slam. Velazquez earned the win at Philly last week, pitching 3.1 innings and allowing just one hit and one walk.

Hammel (4-6) scattered seven hits without a walk, stranding seven along the way, and the only damage against him came in the fourth. Dickey threw seven scoreless innings, Matt Adams hit another home run and host Atlanta sent the San Francisco Giants to their seventh consecutive loss.

"I don't want to tell John [Farrell] I can do something that I can't get done", said Sale, via MLB.com.

Despite scoring 4 runs in the game, the Red Sox offense only had 5 hits on the night. He couldn't get the ball down. Santana and Austin Jackson had three RBI apiece for the AL Central leaders, whose recent surge has lifted them to a season-best six games over.500 (37-31). Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 19 chances.

BALTIMORE - Manny Machado had four hits, including a pair of home runs, and Baltimore beat first-place Cleveland.

Red Sox: Pedroia (ribs) still felt discomfort while swinging in the cage before the game, though Farrell said it's possible the second baseman could play Wednesday. Drew Butera went 1 for 3 with a triple, while Alcides Escobar, Cheslor Cuthbert, Mike Moustakas and Jorge Bonifacio added base hits of their own in the winning effort.

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Red Sox are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -140 to win, while the Royals are getting odds of +130 to win.

Royals: LHP Matt Strahm makes his second career start after allowing one unearned run over five innings in a 7-2 win against the Angels last week. Rookie Andrew Benintendi led off the inning with a 454-foot splash down into the center field fountains. The Reds scored three runs in the ninth off closer Alex Colome, who allowed Joey Votto's 20th home run of the season before recording his 20th save. McCutchen extended the lead with a two-run home run in the sixth that chased Garza, who gave up 4 runs and 6 hits in 5⅓ innings.

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy will be coming off his first win since September 11 when he starts for Kansas City.

West Fargo native Matt Strahm took the loss in his second Major League Baseball start for the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

  • Julie Sanders