Wade Miley

Closing Time: Wade Miley, Red Sox bats dominate Royals

Rob Bradford
June 21, 2015 - 1:12 pm

To say there haven't been many of these for the Red Sox this season is an understatement. Absolutely everything went right in the Sox series finale against the Royals Sunday, with John Farrell's team putting up a season-high total of runs in trouncing KC, 13-2, in Kansas City. The last time the Red Sox had scored as many as 12 runs was last July 21, when they put up 14 against Toronto. Keying the offensive outburst were the top three hitters in the Red Sox' lineup -- Mookie Betts, Brock Holt and Dustin Pedroia -- who each claimed three hits. For the second time in the past week Betts came up one hit shy of the cycle, finishing with a double, triple and home run. Besides Betts, also homering for the Red Sox were Hanley Ramirez and David Ortiz. The Red Sox' biggest inning came in the same frame that doomed them the night before, the fifth. Along with a two-run blast from Betts, the key hit proved to be Xander Bogaerts' three-run double. The Red Sox managed their offensive explosion against Kansas City starter Chris Young, who came into the game with a 1.98 ERA (2.11 in eight outings as a starter). This time the righty gave up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. Another highlight for the Red Sox was a second straight solid start from Wade Miley, who didn't allow a run in his six innings, giving up five hits while throwing 101 pitches. In his last two appearances, the lefty has allowed two runs over 12 1/2 innings, lowering his ERA to 4.50. The shutout was spoiled for the Red Sox in the ninth inning when Lorenzo Cain got the hosts on the board with at two-out, two-run triple. The Red Sox are now nine games out of first-place in the American League East after division leader Tampa Bay suffered a 1-0 loss to Cleveland Sunday. The Yankees also suffered a 12-4 defeat at the hands of the Tigers. (For a complete box score, click here.)