Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with a home run
and James Shields picked up his first win at home in over three months as the
Kansas City Royals claimed a four-game series victory against the Boston Red
Sox with Sunday's 4-3 win.
Greg Holland shut down the AL East-leading Red Sox in order in the ninth to
the enjoyment of the crowd at Kauffman Stadium, who have seen the Royals
capture a scintillating 16 of their last 19 games and seven consecutive series
Shields (7-8), picking up his first home win since April 30, fired seven
innings while allowing three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and three
Gordon finished with a pair of RBI, with David Lough and Jarrod Dyson also
each knocking in a run for Kansas City.
John Lackey (7-10) was hit with the loss, throwing seven innings of four-run
ball. He struck out five and walked two. Ryan Lavarnway had two RBI for
Dyson helped manufacture of pair of runs for Kansas City in the second.
He knocked in Mike Moustakas with a ground-ball single, then swiped second
base before scoring on Lough's base hit to give the Royals a 3-1 lead.
Gordon tacked on to the Royals' advantage in the third with a one-out solo
homer, his 13th of the season.
Shields was cruising through five innings, but found trouble in the sixth.
Daniel Nava reached with a ground-ball single, Stephen Drew doubled and
Lavarnway brought both runners in with a single to left to make it 4-3.
The Red Sox, though, failed to manage another hit. Holland's save in the ninth
was his 32nd of the season.
Shane Victorino scored in the opening inning for Boston via a throwing error
on Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez's errant pickoff attempt, but Gordon
pulled the Royals even at 1-1 with an RBI single in the home half.
Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-for-5 for the Red Sox, ending a 21-game hitting streak
against the Royals ... Drew finished 2-for-4 to extend his overall hitting
streak to 12 games ... Lackey has pitched into the seventh inning in 11
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