Monday, July 9, 2018

Benny Ballgame Goes On 4-Hit Rampage, Red Sox Sweep Away Royals, 7-4

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At one point, Andrew Benintendi had reach base safely in 10 consecutive plate appearances. The Red Sox left-fielder went 4-5 on Sunday, scoring two runs in Boston's 7-4 win over Kansas City. The win ended the road trip on a 7-2 note—and maintained Boston's two-game edge in the American League East. Mitch Moreland, Xander Bogaerts and Eduardo Nunez each had two RBIs in the 14-hit Red Sox onslaught. Rick Porcello pitched just OK—although he miraculously got out of a second-and-third, no-out jam in the seventh. The righty went seven innings, giving up three earned runs—with nine hits and nine strikeouts. Steve Pearce continued his hot hitting in Carmine Hose—going 2-2 and knocking in a run. Boston returns home for seven games prior to the All-Star Break.