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Bogaerts has 4 hits, Red Sox beat Royals 7-4


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Verdugo had three hits as Boston tied the four-game series with one win apiece.

Boston Red Sox Eric Hosmer, left, and Reese McGuire celebrate after scoring against the Kansas City Royals on a Jarren Duran brace in the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, in Kansas City , Mo. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann) The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Xander Bogaerts had four hits, Alex Verdugo doubled twice and the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 7-4 on Friday night.

Verdugo had three hits as Boston tied the four-game series with one win apiece. Josh Winckowski (5-5) allowed one run on five hits in five innings for the Red Sox.

Zack Greinke (3-7) allowed four runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings for Kansas City.

“It felt good. Top to bottom, a lot of really good batsmen,” Verdugo said. “We know Greinke. We know he kind of relies on over-aggression and expanding the area I think we did a really good job of getting him to come to us and then hit the errors.

The Red Sox went up the board in the second when ex-Royal Eric Hosmer scored a brace down the right field line, scoring Verdugo.

Boston added two more runs in the fourth. JD Martinez hit a brace against the wall to left center, leading to Bogaerts and Verdugo.

“Greinke is a master at throwing throws in the zone and getting people out,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “He has been very good throughout his career. We had to grind the bats.

The Royals threatened in their fourth half. They charged the bases with one out, but Kyle Isbel backed up to Winckowski, who pitched to the plate for the forced out, and Nicky Lopez struck out.

“These Day 3 exercises of spring training, that’s why you do them,” Winckowski said. “When you’re (facing the) bases loaded with an out, you either think of an out at bat or an out on the ground. It just happened to come back to me. Then I had to make another throw after that.

Bogaerts led the Red Sox’ fourth inning with a two-out single, chasing Greinke.

“(Bogaerts is) really good at going the other way,” Cora said. “Today he did it several times, and it started with the first at bat. Today was one of those nights when you feel like something good is going to happen.

Salvador Perez homered 454 feet left in the fifth.

Boston got that comeback when Reese McGuire led off Hosmer, who had reached on an error, with a single.

Jarren Duran brought home two with a brace in the eighth. The Royals got three runs in the eighth on Nate Eaton’s sacrifice ball and a two-run double from MJ Melendez.

MY HOUSE

All nine position players in the Royals’ starting lineup, along with starting pitcher Zack Greinke, were originally signed or drafted by Kansas City. According to Elias, this is only the third game in franchise history – and the second this season – in which the Royals have done this. They did it last Friday night at Yankee Stadium and September 19, 1990 in Minnesota.

TRAINING ROOM

Boston: RHP Michael Wacha is approaching his return to the Red Sox. He pitched 4 2/3 innings without a hit Thursday night for Triple-A Worcester. He and reliever Chase Shugart combined for the first no-hitter in WooSox history. Cora said Wacha felt good today and would likely get another start before returning to the parent club.

Kansas City: SS Bobby Witt Jr. was not in the lineup Friday. Manager Mike Matheny said the distance covered in Thursday’s game prompted him to give his valuable rookie a rest. Witt was available as a substitute.

NEXT

The Red Sox and Royals will continue their four-game series Saturday night. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-3, 4.11 ERA) will leave for Boston. LHP Daniel Lynch (4-7, 4.70 ERA) will get the start for the Royals.

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