Travis Shaw had another productive night in the Red Sox' win over the Royals. (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Wade Miley, Travis Shaw lead Red Sox past Royals

Ryan Hannable
August 20, 2015 - 5:59 pm
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Maybe the Red Sox play up to their competition. A night after tagging 2014 American League Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber for a career-high four home runs in a 6-4 win, the Red Sox beat the American League's top team, the Royals, 4-1. They are now 5-2 since Torey Lovullo took over as manager. Once again, the Red Sox offense was paced by Jackie Bradley Jr. and Travis Shaw. Shaw went 2-for-3, while Bradley Jr. went 1-for-4. Of the last nine hits for Bradley Jr., all of them have gone for extra bases and his on-base streak is now 12 games where he's batting .413. Shaw got the scoring started, as he drew a bases loaded walk in the first inning. The Sox would then go on to score three runs in the third inning to take a 4-0 lead at the time. Shaw doubled off the Green Monster with two outs to set up second and third for Ryan Hanigan who came through with a two-RBI single. Bradley Jr. then followed with a RBI-triple to account for the fourth run. For Shaw, he's now reached base twice in five straight games. In 24 major league games, he's hitting .382 with nine extra-base hits. "I heard him say the other day that things are just clicking and things are moving in a good direction for him," interim manager Torey Lovullo said. "He feels like he's seeing the ball very, very well and those are little runs that every player wants to get on." "Yeah and getting regular at-bats obviously helps too," Shaw added of his confidence. "Coming to the field with a pretty good idea that I'€™m going to be in the lineup helps your confidence and helps you[ get in a good rhythm with those regular at-bats." The Red Sox were able to get to Royals left-hander Danny Duffy for four runs. Going into the game they were batting a MLB-best .305 against lefties since May 23. Before that date they were batting an MLB-worst .197. Red Sox starter Wade Miley was on his game, as he was able to pick up his second straight win and second straight dominant start. The left-hander went 7 1/3 innings allowing one run on six hits, while striking out six and not walking a batter. It was his 14th quality start of the season, which leads the team. His only mistake was a solo home run to Mike Moustakas in the fifth inning. "Great outing for Wade," Lovullo said. "Just an easy three-pitch mix. Quick, easy outs and for me he deserved the right to go back out there for the eighth inning. Just keep him on a short-leash. Didn't want to extend him too far. I know his last outing he was [extended a little bit.] He has earned that right to go out there and get those extra outs and tonight was a good night for him." Alexi Ogando got the second out of the eighth inning before giving way to Robbie Ross Jr. who struck out Eric Hosmer, who was the tying run. Junichi Tazawa pitched the ninth to pick up his second save in as many nights. Every member of the Red Sox lineup recorded a hit except for, ironically, David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez.