Closing Time: Jake Peavy, Red Sox fall apart in losing another to Royals

August 09, 2013 - 7:36 pm
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KANSAS CITY -- The good times that has been Jake Peavy in a Red Sox uniform came to a crashing halt Friday night. The starter struggled in his second start with his new team, blowing three separate leads on the way to allowing a 9-6 win for KC  over the Sox at Kauffman Stadium. Peavy finished his night giving up six runs on 10 hits over five innings. He had come into the game with a 1-5 mark with a 5.80 ERA at the home of the Royals The Red Sox fell apart in the sixth inning, with the combination of Peavy, Drake Britton and Pedro Beato giving up a combined six runs on six hits and two walks. Here is what went wrong (and right) for the Red Sox, who fall to 1-4 against the Royals this season: WHAT WENT WRONG - Peavy clearly didn't have his best command early on, as was evidenced by the righty allowing Kansas City to comeback after the Sox had taken two separate leads. In the second, Peavy surrendered a solo Justin Maxwell homer and David Lough's RBI single. Then, after Ortiz helped hand the visitors another lead with a solo blast in the third, the Sox starter gave up his second homer of the game, this one off the bat of Alex Gordon. - Britton couldn't stop the bleeding in the sixth inning, taking over for Peavy with two on, nobody out and the Red Sox holding a two-run lead. After a walk to George Kottaras loaded the bases, the lefty did get Miguel Tejada on a pop up to first. But the Royals proceeded to claim the lead thanks to David Lough's sacrifice fly (which almost resulted in Shane Victorino throwing out Mike Moustakas at home) and Eric Hosmer two-run, opposite field single. - Beato didn't fare much better than Britton, allowing KC to extend their lead to two runs when Billy Butler greeted the righty with an RBI double. Beato would allow one more run in the inning on a Maxwell single. - Brock Holt went 0-for-4, making the Red Sox' third basemen 3-for-30 (.100) this month. That's the worst mark in the majors. WHAT WENT RIGHT - The Sox drove Ervin Santana from the game after just 3 2/3 innings, collecting nine hits, six runs, and two walks against what was one of the hottest pitchers in baseball. Santana, who ended up throwing 97 pitches, had come into the game with a 1.27 ERA since the All-Star break. - A day off didn't cool David Ortiz off. The designated launched his 22nd homer of the season in the third inning after singling in his first at-bat. - Jarrod Saltalamacchia came away with his second multi-hit game of the road trip. - Mike Napoli had notched what appeared to be the game's biggest blow, a bases-loaded double in the fourth inning that handed the Sox a three-run lead. With the hit, the Red Sox now have four players hitting .500 or better with the sacks full -- Napoli (8-for-16), Jonny Gomes (3-for-4), Jacoby Ellsbury (6-for-11), Ortiz (3-for-6). - Napoli made a nice play to end the fifth inning, catching a line-drive off the bat of Alex Gordon before promptly firing to second to double off Hosmer. - Jacoby Ellsbury made one of his better catches of the season in the third inning, jumping up against the center field wall to rob Mike Moustakas of extra-bases, ending the Royals' threat.  

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