Royals cannot mount comeback in second straight game

On Friday night, the KC Royals mounted a comeback against the Boston Red Sox bullpen, but on Saturday night with a sellout crowd, they could not equal the excitement and they lost 5-3.

The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth when Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie fell apart.

Thumbs-down-231x300Stephen Drew doubled home the first run, Will Middlebrooks drove in two more runs with a single, and Jacoby Ellsbury (who LOVES to hit against Guthrie) doubled home the inning’s final run.

Guthrie settled down to retire five in a row before the Royals offense went to work against Red Sox starter Felix Doubront, who has been their unsung hero. After two RBI doubles and runners at first and third base and nobody out, Doubront was lifted for rookie Brandon Workman. Miguel Tejada singled to drive in a run to cut the deficit to 4-3 with just one out. After a double steal put the go ahead run on second base, Workman got Mike Moustakas to pop up on the infield before striking out Brett Hayes to end the inning.

Ellsbury struck again in the top of the 5th inning with a two out RBI double. He was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. I think Guthrie lasted one inning too long.

Guthrie’s final line looked like this: 6IP, 10H, 5R, BB, 5K.

Luke Hochevar worked out of a two on, two out jam in the seventh. Donnie Joseph, who was called up earlier today, pitched the final two innings with two strikeouts.

 

Unfortunately, the Royals offense was shut down by the Red Sox bullpen. They did have base runners on from the sixth through eighth innings. They went down in order in the bottom of the ninth against Red Sox closer Koji Uehara.

 

The Royals look to take the four-game series on Sunday afternoon as ace James Shields goes up against the resurgent John Lackey.

*Joseph and fellow lefty Will Smith were recalled earlier today to replace Francisley Bueno (who was designated for assignment again) and outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who is injured once again (oblique strain).

 

**Miguel Tejada left the game with right calf tightness and is being evaluated as I type this.

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