The Boston Red Sox botched a suicide squeeze in extra innings and gave Kansas City another chance to win. The Royals messed up their squeeze attempt, too, and still managed to score the game-winning run.
Eric Hosmer doubled to lead off the 14th inning and scored when Mike Aviles bunted the ball over the head of charging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, giving Kansas City a 3-1 victory over Boston. The play was supposed to be a safety squeeze but Hosmer and Jeff Francoeur, who was on first, mistakenly ran on the pitch.
“I wasn’t supposed to be running. Hosmer wasn’t supposed to break. We all kind of messed up, but it worked out,” Francoeur said. “It could have been a triple play.”
Louis Coleman (1-2) went two innings and twice pitched out of jams for the win. Joakim Soria struck out three in the bottom of the 14th to earn his 18th save and send Boston to just its fourth loss in 21 games.
The Red Sox threatened to score five times in the last six innings, but the Royals made their best chance count. Hosmer doubled off Randy Williams (0-1) to start the 14th, but he was held at third when Francoeur singled.
Aviles came to the plate and squared to bunt as the runners took off and the corner infielders charged in. He popped it up but it landed safely behind Gonzalez and out of the reach of second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who was moving over to cover first.
Hosmer scored, and Francoeur came home on a sacrifice fly by Alcides Escobar to make it 3-1.
“We caught a break,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “If Frenchie (Francoeur) doesn’t break _ and he wasn’t supposed to _ Gonzalez doesn’t break. We finally got to run the play we don’t have much time to practice _ we bunt over the first baseman’s head with runners running.”
The Red Sox kept it interesting when Josh Reddick doubled _ his third hit of the game _ with one out in the bottom of the 14th. But Soria struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia and then Marco Scutaro to end it _ thanks in part to a pregame rain delay of 2 hours, 21 minutes _ at 1:59 a.m. Tuesday.
Melky Cabrera had four hits and Hosmer had three for the Royals, who won for the fifth time in six games. It was their 10th extra-inning victory _ most in the AL, according to STATS Inc.