The Red Sox did very little at the plate in the opener of a split doubleheader Sunday. Jonny Gomes certainly did something a lot more in his first two at-bats.
With an idea created and developed by his agent, Gomes went to the plate his first two at-bats and alternated one of two specially made bats with the words "Boston Strong" and the full names of the four victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and their aftermath. Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi, and Martin Richard were killed in the explosions Monday and MIT police officer Sean Collier was shot to death on Thursday.
"It wasn't me. It was my agent," Gomes said, standing at his locker with the bats leaning against his stall after Boston's 4-2 loss in the first game against Kansas City "He asked me if I was able to pull it off, would I be able to do it. He made it happen.
"Two of them," he said. "First at-bat, second at-bat. I plan on auctioning them off."
Gomes popped to short and grounded out to shortstop in the at-bats. His agent is Dan Lozano.
Ervin Santana pitched seven strong innings and the Royals ended Boston's seven-game streak with the win.
Kansas City scored three runs in the fourth with Salvador Perez's two-run single breaking a 2-2 tie against Ryan Dempster (0-2).
The Red Sox loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth against Bruce Chen and Aaron Crow, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounded out to Crow. Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in five opportunities.
"I just didn't make a good enough pitch. I've got to make a better pitch there," he said. "I had an open base. I just expanded the strikezone a little bit. I just didn't put it far enough out and gave him something good to hit."
The nightcap was scheduled after Friday night's game was postponed because of the manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Santana (2-1) allowed two runs on six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. It was the third straight start in which he gave up two runs or less.
The atmosphere at Fenway Park was more like a typical baseball game following the emotional pregame ceremony when the Red Sox returned to action Saturday.
Still, there were some signs that all was not the same.
The American flag in left-center field remained at half-staff, Red Sox players wore a "B STRONG" patch on their jerseys and a fan held a white sheet with the words "Veterans Luv Sox."
The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the first on Alcides Escobar's second homer of the season. It didn't last long as the Red Sox scored twice in the bottom of the first when Daniel Nava and Dustin Pedroia singled, David Ortiz followed with an RBI single and Mike Napoli gave Boston a 2-1 lead with a run-scoring groundout.
After two hitless innings, Kansas City took a 4-2 lead in the fourth. Singles by Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer and an RBI-double by Lorenzo Cain tied the game with no outs. The threat started to fizzle when Dempster struck out the next two batters. But then Perez lined a single over the head of shortstop Stephen Drew, driving in two runs.
Royals 5, Red Sox 4, 10 innings, Game 2: Cain drew a walk with two outs and the bases loaded in the 10th inning to give Kansas City a 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday and complete the Royals' sweep of a day-night doubleheader.
Kelvin Herrera (2-2) got the win in the night game.
Alex Gordon had three hits in the second game, including a single with one out in the 10th. Escobar walked and, after Butler struck out, Hosmer reached on an infield single - his fourth hit of the day.
Originally published by Associated Press.
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