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By JIMMY GOLEN   AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) _ David Ortiz had four hits and five RBIs, and
Dustin Pedroia had four of Boston’s 16 hits Tuesday night to lead
the Red Sox to a 13-9 victory over the Kansas City Royals, their
18th win in 22 games.

Hours after the teams took a 1-1 pitcher’s duel into the 14th
inning and finished up at 1:59 a.m., they combined for 31 hits and
22 runs against nine pitchers _ including Royals outfielder Mitch
Maier, who threw a scoreless inning.

Alfredo Aceves (6-1) threw 3 1-3 scoreless innings in relief to
improve to 20-2 in his career. Nathan Adcock (1-1) got just one out
for the Royals, allowing three earned runs, three hits and three
walks as Boston scored six times in the fifth inning to turn a
back-and-forth game into a blowout.

Batting cleanup for the third time this season _ Kevin Youkilis
sat out with a hamstring injury _ Pedroia had a triple, double and
single in his first three at-bats but singled his next time up, in
the fifth inning, walked in the sixth and hit a high fly ball to
the base of the Green Monster in the eighth. Ortiz had three
doubles, and Jason Varitek homered for Boston.

Alex Gordon and Billy Butler homered for the Royals, and Butler
and Mike Aviles both had three hits. Kansas City scored twice in
the ninth before Franklin Morales struck out Alcides Escobar to end
it.

The Royals, who used six pitchers in Monday night’s extra-inning
game, used five more on Tuesday, turning to Maier in the eighth. It
was the 10th time in franchise history that a position player has
pitched for Kansas City.

It was 2-2 after one inning, 4-2 Royals after two, 5-4 Boston
after three and 7-6 Kansas City after four. But the Red Sox broke
it open with six runs in the fifth inning, when they sent 11
batters to the plate.

Josh Reddick and Jacoby Ellsbury singled before recent callup
Drew Sutton bunted them along and reached safely when Aviles, the
second baseman who was covering first, couldn’t handle the throw
from Adcock. Two runs scored, and Sutton made it around to third on
the error.

After Marco Scutaro walked, Blake Wood replaced Adcock and gave
up consecutive singles to Adrian Gonzalez, Pedroia, Ortiz and Carl
Crawford. Varitek struck out before Reddick, batting for the second
time, hit a sacrifice fly to make it 12-7.

Notes: Boston reached double-digits in hits for the 10th
straight home game. … It was Varitek’s sixth homer of the season,
but his first from the right side of the plate. … Both benches
were warned after Wood hit Gonzalez in apparent retaliation for
Aceves’ plunking of Butler. … Ellsbury wasn’t in the starting
lineup; he was supposed to get a night off as Darnell McDonald
started in center. He pinch-hit in the fifth. .Boston manager Terry
Francona on the July 31 trade deadline: “I like our team . (but)
I’ve been around here long enough to know that (general manager
Theo Epstein) is going to be on the phone. … Theo’s going to make
us better if he can.”. Kansas City’s 14-inning win Monday night
marked its 18th win (of 43) in their final at-bat. The Royals lead
the majors with 11 walk-off wins.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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