By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer
BOSTON (AP) _ James Loney hit a tying single in his Boston debut
and Jacoby Ellsbury drove in the go-ahead run as the revamped Red
Sox bounced back from a nine-player trade and a 12-inning loss to
beat the Kansas City Royals 8-6 on Sunday.
A day after he was the only major leaguer coming to Boston in a
deal that sent Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Nick
Punto and more than $250 million in salary to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Loney went 1 for 5. Pedro Ciriaco had three hits, scored
twice and drove in two runs for the Red Sox, who won for just the
fourth time in 12 games.
Pedro Beato (1-0) allowed two runs in two-plus innings but got
the win on the same day he was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his first save.
Will Smith (4-6) allowed five runs– four earned– and nine hits
in five-plus innings for Kansas City.
Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer as the Royals scored four in
the fourth to take a 4-2 lead.
Ciriaco hit a solo homer in the fifth, then Ellsbury singled,
advanced on a grounder, stole third and scored on Loney’s single to
center _ his first career AL hit. Ellsbury’s RBI single in the
sixth gave the Red Sox the lead.
It was 7-4 in the seventh when the Royals loaded the bases with
nobody out to chase Beato. Craig Breslow came in and struck out
Johnny Giavotella before Eric Hosmer hit a sinking liner that right
fielder Cody Ross lost in the sun.
He charged in, ducked, and at the last minute stabbed out his
right arm to make the catch; Billy Butler scored from third to make
it 7-5, but Ross, as he fell, hit the cutoff man with just enough
force to keep the other runners from advancing.
Abreu singled in another run, then Cain struck out looking to
end the threat.
Dustin Pedroia added a solo homer in the eighth for Boston.
Boston starter Felix Doubront, who was activated from the
disabled list (bruised right knee), struck out seven in five
innings, but was charged with four runs and six hits. He is winless
in his last five starts.
NOTES: Red Sox DH David Ortiz sat out his second straight game,
having played just once since coming off the disabled list after
being sidelined with a right Achilles tendon strain. … The Red
Sox also optioned OF Che-Hsuan Lin to Triple-A Pawtucket. … Each
team committed two errors, but Boston’s miscues by 3B Ciriaco and C
Ryan Lavarnway did not lead to any runs. SS Alcides Escobar made
both of Kansas City’s, leading to a total of three unearned runs.
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