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Red Sox Let One Slip Away – Lose to Royals 12-9 in Kansas City

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This one is going to hurt – the Red Sox blew an 8-2 lead and ended up losing to the Royals 12-9 in Kansas City.  With the Yankees losing to the Angels on the west coast, the Red Sox blew a golden opportunity to cut the AL East lead to just 4 games with a big weekend series coming up in the Bronx.  If the Red Sox end up sweeping the Yankees this weekend, they’ll look back to this loss to the Royals if they don’t end up winning the division.

Jason Bay got the Red Sox off to a great start with a 3-run HR in the 3rd inning as part of a 6-run outburst.  Bay has been on fire of late, hitting home runs in 4 consecutive games and increasing his team-leading totals to 36 HR’s and 113 RBI’s.  Dustin Pedroia, Victor Martinez and Rocco Baldelli each had 2 hits, as the Red Sox pounded out 12 hits, 9 runs and 7 walks against Lenny DiNardo and 3 Royals relievers.

But the bigger story was the Red Sox poor pitching.  Tim Wakefield made his 1st start since he lost to the White Sox on September 5th and struggled with his control.  Wakefield gave up 5 hits and 7 walks in just 5 innings of work.  He gave up 5 runs, 4 of which were earned.

Manny Delcarmen recorded only 2 outs in a 6-run 6th inning for the Royals.  He gave up 4 ER on 3 hits and 1 walk.  And Daniel Bard wasn’t much better – giving up 2 ER on 2 hits and 1 walk while recording the final out of the 6th.  Bard suffered his 2nd loss of the season and has really been exposed as of late as his ERA (3.72) and WHIP (1.30) are both on the rise.  The Royals regained the lead – 11-9 – with that 6-run inning, and the Royals bullpen held the Red Sox offense scoreless through the final 3 frames to record the win.

Even though the Royals have been playing the spoiler of late (they took 2 of 3 games from each of the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox last week), the Red Sox are really going to kick themselves with this loss.  Having such a big lead only to see it slip away while the Yankees were losing will be a tough pill to swallow.  Let’s hope the Red Sox can rally behind Paul Byrd tonight, because they are going to have their hands full with Zach Greinke and his 2.14 ERA…

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