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Red Sox 13, Royals 9: Sox Outlast Royals In Slugfest

The Red Sox collected 16 hits Tuesday night, overpowering the Royals' offensive attack en route to a 13-9 win.

After Andrew Miller put the Sox in an early two-run hole, the offense responded with two runs of their own on a triple from Dustin Pedroia and a double from David Ortiz Miller gave up another two in the second, and the Sox quickly responded with three more, again courtesy of the top-of-the-lineup.

Neither starter ended up lasting through the fourth inning. Andrew Miller quickly gave the lead back to the Royals on a pair of home runs that left the score at 7-5, and Danny Duffy was pulled after giving up a single to Adrian Gonzalez. His replacement proved every bit as much a disaster as Duffy, giving Dustin Pedroia his third hit of the night (he would finish with four), then walking the bases loaded, and scoring a run when he gave up the free pass to Carl Crawford.

The Sox left the bags full that inning, but took advantage of their opportunities in the fifth. With Josh Reddick and Jacoby Ellsbury (pinch hitting for Yamaico Navarro) leading off with back-to-back singles, Drew Sutton laid down a sacrifice bunt. But Mike Aviles couldn't make the grab at first, and by the time the Royals had chased the ball down, the two men on base had scored, and Sutton stood at third.

Marco Scutaro walked, and three singles from the middle-of-the-order later, the score was 11-7. A Josh Reddick sacrifice fly made it 12-7 before the frame ended. Meanwhile, the Sox had finally found some quiet innings from Alfredo Aceves. The bullpen long-man went more than three scoreless innings before handing the ball over to Matt Albers, and a very shaky Franklin Morales to finish off the game.