Midwest bandwagon fans of both the Yankees and Red Sox can rejoice and head home after another season at Kauffman Stadium as Boston wrapped up a series winning victory today over Kansas City as Jon Lester tossed a three-hitter in the 6-1 victory.
Lester was able to settle down after loading the bases in the second inning as he issued two walks and Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez reached base on an error. Kansas City was unable to score when Alcides Escobar grounded out to Lester with two outs.
Rookie Danny Duffy was on the mound for Kansas City, throwing six innings and allowing two runs on six hits. He took the loss to fall to 3-8 in his debut season. His ERA sits at 5.48 after the latest outing.
Boston scored single runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to take a 3-0 lead. Two of the runs came via home solo home runs by Darnell McDonald and Carl Crawford.
Johnny Giavotella would triple in the seventh inning and score on a Mike Moustakas single to contribute the lone Kansas City run on the afternoon. Gio, Mooose, and Perez (all rookies) would combine for all three Kansas City hits.
Louis Coleman was shaky out of the bullpen on Sunday, allowing three Boston runs to more or less put the game out of reach, while only getting two batters out. Boston rookie Ryan Lavarnway would just miss his first major league home run in the eighth, hitting the ball off the top of what has become the infamous green padding in left field.
Daniel Bard and Dan Wheeler would hold the Royals hitless out of the Boston bullpen as Kansas City fell to 52-76 and had an off day tomorrow as they travel to Toronto to face Mark Teahen and the Blue Jays on Tuesday evening.