Hanley Ramirez had two hits, including a home run in the Red Sox' win over the Royals. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Mookie Betts, Red Sox offense lead way in win over Royals

Ryan Hannable
June 19, 2015 - 7:07 pm
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Coming into the three-game weekend series in Kansas City, many thought there was a chance the Red Sox could get swept with how they've been playing of late and the Royals entering with the best record in the American League. Well, the Red Sox won't be swept, as their offense came alive Friday night in a 7-3 win, where five players had multi-hit games, including 16 hits overall. Five second inning runs would be all the runs the Red Sox would need, as the team couldn't have asked for a better start. There were some big hits in the inning, including a two-RBI single by Mike Napoli to get the scoring started and then a two-RBI double by Blake Swihart later in the inning. They would get another run in the fifth, a home run by Hanley Ramirez and another in the seventh, an RBI single by Ramirez again. Yohan Pino got the start for the Royals and he was roughed up for six runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Following a rough start Sunday at Fenway Park, left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez rebounded, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits, while walking a batter and striking out five. He's now 3-1 over his first five major league starts and has given the rotation the boost they needed. In relief of Rodriguez, Robbie Ross Jr. allowed a solo homer to Eric Hosmer in the eighth inning and Steven Wright allowed a run in the ninth. Mookie Betts led the offense, as the center fielder went 4-for-5 with four singles, while Xander Bogaerts made a tremendous play in the sixth inning on a ball to his left, making a Derek Jeter-like throw to get the runner at first base. The Red Sox have now won two games in a row for the first time in nearly two weeks. Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox' win: WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Betts how has a seven-game hit streak and in those games he is hitting .609. It was Betts' first four-hit game of his career. -- Pablo Sandoval didn't miss a beat after sitting out Thursday after his Instagram incident on Wednesday. He extended his season-long hit streak to nine games, going 2-for-4, and has multi-hit games in three of his last six. Over his nine-game streak, he's batting .457. -- Napoli went 2-for-3 and now has a three-game hit streak after snapping an 0-for-18 skid Tuesday at Fenway Park. WHAT WENT WRONG -- Brock Holt went 0-for-4 with a walk out of the leadoff spot in place of Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia is expected back on Saturday. -- The Red Sox hit into five double plays in the game.

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