Salvy's slam lifts Royals to win

Ruben Hill
June 26, 2017

Salvador Perez shows off the Miguel Cabrera bat he used to hit Wednesday's game-winning grand slam.

"It was May 31, and the Royals were concluding a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers..."

Thirty times this season, the Red Sox have carried a lead into the eighth inning.

Here's how it all went down.

The Red Sox (40 - 32) grabbed a 4 - 2 lead in the 5th inning with two unearned runs on a sacrifice fly and a throwing error on a pick-off attempt by relief pitcher Mike Minor.

Adrian Beltre had an RBI in the Rangers' four-run first and a solo home run in the eighth.

Five pitches later, Bogaerts went deep to left, tying the score at 2.

Gio Gonzalez, a native of Miami Dade County, improved his record to 7-1, allowing six hits, two walks and three runs in seven innings.

X-rays were clean after Pedroia was hit by a pitch Sunday, but he will be forced to miss a third straight start as a result of the injury. Sandy Leon and Xander Bogaerts each drove in two runs in the win while Chris Young had three hits.

Pedroia (back) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Royals, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

Pomeranz cruised through the middle innings before the Royals knocked him out of the game in the seventh inning with singles by Perez and Cheslor Cuthbert.

Yunel Escobar hit an RBI triple off the left-field wall off Clippard and Luis Valbuena added an RBI single through a drawn-in infield during the inning off Jonathan Holder.

But Kelly got leadoff hitter Whit Merrifield to line out hard to right field. Washington's 3-4-5-6 batters combined for 10 RBIs.

Scott was summoned to face Eric Hosmer, but walked him on four pitches to load the bases for Perez. McCutchen extended the lead with a two-run home run in the sixth that chased Garza, who gave up 4 runs and 6 hits in 5⅓ innings.

Robby Scott (0-1) took the loss for Boston, which had been 29 - 0 this season when leading after seven innings. Christian Vazquez started it with a single to left.

Red Sox fourth. Andrew Benintendi homers to center field. Alex Gordon pops out to Josh Rutledge.

Before last night's eighth inning, the stars were aligned for a feel-good finish.

Red Sox: After a day off Thursday, RHP Rick Porcello will start Friday against the Angels. Rick Porcello will get the ball for Boston and will be opposed by Alex Meyer.

"Just making quality two-strike pitches was my nemesis today", Strahm said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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