Matt Barnes allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Red Sox fell to the Royals, snapping their four-game win streak. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Red Sox can't complete late rally, fall to Royals ending 4-game win streak

Ryan Hannable
August 22, 2015 - 6:39 pm
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A night after scoring seven runs off Johnny Cueto, the Red Sox couldn't keep the offensive momentum going. Royals starter Yordano Ventura was able to keep the Red Sox in check as he limited the Sox to one run over six innings, as the Royals topped the Red Sox, 6-3. The loss snapped the Red Sox' season-high four-game win streak. The Sox' offense finally was able to get on the board in the sixth on a Travis Shaw fielder's choice, which scored Xander Bogaerts. Mookie Betts added a solo home run in the seventh inning, which cleared everything in left field and then Bogaerts added an RBI-single in the ninth. Although they finished with just three runs, they had their chances. In the first inning Shaw flew out to left field with runners on first and second with two outs. Then in the fourth, Jackie Bradley Jr. struck out with runners on first and second to end the frame. Also, in the eighth Blake Swihart popped out to second base with runners on second and third to end the threat. Finally, Shaw ended the game with the bases loaded and the tying run at first base. The team left 11 runners in base. Matt Barnes pitched well until he got to the sixth inning when he allowed a three-run home run to Salvador Perez to break the game open and give the Royals a 5-0 lead. Barnes finished the game going 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, while walking a batter and striking out two. Barnes allowed the other two runs in the first inning on a two-run double by Kendrys Morales. Kansas City added another run in the eighth, which was charged to Heath Hembree. Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox' loss: WHAT WENT WRONG -- It was a tough night at the plate for Bradley Jr., as he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He did make a leaping catch against the wall in right field near Pesky's Pole robbing Lorenzo Cain of a potential home run, adding to the list of great defensive plays. -- Shaw went 0-for-5, which snapped a six-game hit streak. WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Ortiz went 2-for-2 with three walks. He entered the game in the midst of a mini 0-for-7 slump. -- Betts' home run was his 11th of the year and it extended his hit streak to eight games. He had gone 102 at-bats without a homer.

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