The Red Sox fell to the Royals Friday night, as their three-game winning streak came to an end as they lost 5-3. Boston missed out on the opportunity to gain the division lead with the loss.
Nick Pivetta went five innings, allowing a three-run bomb off the bat of Adalberto Mondesi in the third along with six hits and six strikeouts in total while walking three.
As noted by masslive.com’s Christopher Smith, it was Pivetta’s sixth homer allowed through his past three starts, after giving up just four through his first 11 starts this season.
Matt Andriese dug the Sox into a deeper whole, as he allowed a pair of runs across the sixth and seventh inning.
Red Sox muster just three runs, fail to capitalize on several chances:
Alex Verdugo singled home a run in the third to put the Red Sox on the board, plating Danny Santana for the first run of the game in the third.
J.D. Martinez came up to bat next with runners on the corners and nobody out, hitting a ground ball to third, that Royals third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez threw on to second for teh forceout. But Christian Arroyo decided to run, and he was tagged out at home to complete a 5-4-2 double play.
In the fifth, after J.D. Martinez drove in Marwin Gonzalez for the Red Sox’ second run of the game, Xander Bogaerts would walk to load the bases. But Rafael Devers would strike out swinging to retire the side, ending the rally by stranding three runners.
Rafael Devers launched a solo homer in the eighth over the centerfield wall, but it wasn’t enough.