User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

Red Sox rally past Royals for emotional win

BOSTON (AP) - After honoring the victims and the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Red Sox kept on with their best start in 11 years by beating the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Saturday as David Ortiz played his first game since last summer and Daniel Nava hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning.

The Red Sox wore white home jerseys with ``Boston'' on the front instead of the customary ``Red Sox.'' The shirts will be auctioned off for a fund to support victims of the bombing.

Kansas City players and staff wore a ``B Strong'' patch on the front of their jerseys. Neil Diamond sang Red Sox favorite ``Sweet Caroline'' before the bottom of the eighth.

The 37-year-old Ortiz injured his right Achilles tendon running the bases on July 17 and appeared just once in Boston's final 72 games, against the Royals on Aug. 24.

Ortiz was bothered by inflammation in both heels during spring training and didn't play in any exhibition games. He was 2 for 4 in his return, tying the score 1-all with a sixth-inning RBI single off James Shields.

Following the emotional pregame ceremony, the Red Sox won their sixth straight games - four since Monday's bombings at the marathon finish line.

Clay Buchholz (4-0) allowed eight hits in eight innings, struck out six and walked one. Andrew Bailey allowed Lorenzo Cain's leadoff homer over the Green Monster in the ninth, his fourth hit of the game, then got his third save when Alex Gordon hit a game-ending groundout with two on.

Shields gave up one run and four hits in six innings with eight strikeouts and three walks.

Buchholz extended his scoreless streak to 22 innings before Cain doubled in the fifth and scored on Jeff Francoeur's single.

Cain doubled leading off the seventh and scored on Salvador Perez's two-out RBI triple for a 2-1 lead. But Jonny Gomes doubled against Tim Collins starting the eighth and Dustin Pedroia walked. After Ortiz grounded into a double play, Kelvin Herrera (1-2) walked Mike Napoli on four pitches and Nava homered to right.

NOTES: Cain is 11 for his last 16. ... Shields entered just 2-9 with a 5.86 ERA in his career in Fenway Park. ... Boston OF Shane Victorino left the game with lower back tightness. ... Boston's starters have allowed three or fewer runs in all 16 games this season.

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2016
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

News: World Series MVP Odds
News: 2016 Playoff Results
Indians embrace underdog role vs. Cubs
NLCS most-viewed on TV since 2010
Obama, White Sox fan, cheers on Cubs
Cubs pondering WS return for Schwarber
Indians' Kipnis nursing sprained ankle
Dodgers, Kershaw dismissed short again
Dueling Droughts to meet in World Series
Why Buy Picks From
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
11-3 +785 L14, +4,788 This Year
7-2 +690 Picks, 10-4 +824 G-Plays
7-2 +531 L9, 20-8 +1,241 Streak
7-3 Postseason Over/Unders
4-1 Last 5 MLB Selections
6-2 L8 Picks, 11-3 +864 G-Plays
13-6, +804 Last 19 G-Plays
6-1, +638 L7 MLB G-Plays
3-1, +215 L4 Playoff Picks
2-0 Saturday, +8,778 Net Profits TY
11-4, +659 Last 15 Streak
17-7 L24 G-Plays, +3,502 TY
10-5 Record Last 15 Totals Gold Membership
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 8778
Jim Feist + 4788
John Fisher + 3502
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2314
Kevin Rogers + 1600
Jim Feist + 1372
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 3785
Jim Feist + 1656
John Fisher + 1515
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jim Feist + 3495
Antony Dinero + 2833
Micah Roberts + 2559
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2922
Micah Roberts + 2679
James Manos + 2602
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2557
Mark Franco + 1570
Bill Marzano + 1455
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership