Royals stand between Red Sox and record for April wins

Lynette Rowe
May 2, 2018

Meanwhile, the Red Sox are 37-16 in their last 53 Tuesday games and 20-9 in their last 29 during game two of a series.

At the end of the weekend, the Sox stood at 20 and 7, with the Yankees trailing by just two games, having won nine straight. "But, it's playable." It was Boston's sixth slam of the season, tying the then-Montreal Expos from 1996 for most ever in the majors by May 1.

Mitch Moreland added a solo home run and bases-loaded walk for the Red Sox, who scored at least 10 runs for the fifth time.

Despite playing, at times, in lousy conditions at home - like Monday night when it was chilly night with temperatures in the mid-40s and a light rain falling most of the game - the Red Sox offense continues to hit homers unlike the team that was last in the AL in 2017. Roark (2-2) allowed two runs on six hits, struck out four and induced two double-play grounders for his first win since April 2 as the Nationals ended a disappointing April with their second straight victory.

Pinch hitter Nick Hundley capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning with a two-out, two-run, walk-off single, lifting San Francisco to a victory over visiting San Diego. Kyle Freeland (1-4) allowed three runs in seven innings while taking the loss. Whit Merrifield hit a pair of RBI doubles, and Alcides Escobar also hit an RBI double for Kansas City. Last year, it took the Sox 31 games to reach 26 home runs. First pitch in the game was set for 7:10 pm ET. After Hand walked Brandon Belt on a full count to load the bases, Hundley came through with the game-winner. He gave up three hits and a walk with six strikeouts in his second win in 11 starts. Arrieta (3-1) lasted only 3 2/3 innings.

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As for the Sox, they're going with Chris Sale for the start on Tuesday.

In the visiting dugout, Kansas City's pitching staff allowed 5.7 runs per game and its starters own a 4.72 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 6.99 K/9.

Meanwhile the sun keeps shining in the Las Vegas Golden Knights, now up two games to one on the San Jose Sharks after William Karlsson scored on OT to give the Knights a 4-3 win in San Jose last night. Over 35 innings of work, Sale has 45 strikeouts with eight walks.

Allen (2-0) entered with one out in the eighth with Cleveland down 4-3 and got the final two outs of the inning.

Both teams will have an off day next Monday before they start a three-game series in the Bronx.

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