Boston, MA (Sports Network) - went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI, including the eventual game-winner in the sixth, as the slowed down the surging , 4-3, in the opener of a four-game set.
Boston came into the game winners in eight of its last nine and fresh off a three-game sweep of division-leader Tampa Bay, but(4-3) held the Sox to three runs on nine hits over six frames to earn the win, the Royals' second in a row after three straight losses.
and both hurled a perfect inning of relief to maintain a one-run lead in front of , who retired the side in order in the ninth for his 12th save of the season.
(3-2) allowed just two hits but tied a career-high with eight walks while being charged with three earned runs in the loss. The subpar start came five days after the right-hander had a no-hitter spoiled with four outs remaining against the .
hit a solo shot and went 3-for-4 with a run scored in defeat.
Matsuzaka worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth to keep it a scoreless game, and Boston scored in the bottom half thanks to a lucky break.
After Kevin Youkilis' one-out single, Drew hit a one-hopper up the middle that hit umpire Paul Schrieber, who was stationed in front of second base. The possible inning-ending double-play ball turned into a single, and followed with a base hit to left to score Youkilis.
Kansas City went ahead in the fifth despite recording only one hit. A pair of walks left runners on first and second with one out for DeJesus, who singled to center to tie the game.
Matsuzaka walkedand to force in a run, and after a fielder's choice, a wild pitch got far enough away from to plate Butler for a 3-1 game.
relieved Matsuzaka after another bases on balls and got to fly out with the bases loaded.
Hall's leadoff homer in Boston's next at-bat cut the deficit to 3-2, and DeJesus and Varitek traded run-scoring doubles off the Green Monster in the sixth to keep it a one-run contest.
Red Sox outfielderwas out of the lineup for a third straight game because of soreness in his left side...Bannister came into the game 0-4 with a 5.87 earned-run average in four career starts against Boston...Kansas City had lost seven of eight at Fenway Park coming into the game.