Red Sox - 000 230 020 - 7 13 0 Royals - 001 000 000 - 1 4 1A clean-shaven Adrian Gonzalez snapped his 0-for-14 slide with two doubles, a single and a sac fly, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a three-run homer (on an 0-2 pitch!), and Boston got fantastic pitching from Miller (5.1-3-1-2-3, 83) and Alfredo Aceves (3.2-1-0-1-3, 45).
Jed Lowrie had three singles and a walk, Mike Aviles (in the #2 spot) doubled, singled, and stole a base, and Darnell McDonald had an RBI triple (driving in Carl Crawford, who had doubled). Ryan Lavarnway got his first major league hit when he singled to right field in the fifth; he scored on Salty's dong. That hit should erase any thoughts of how he also ended three innings, leaving the bases loaded in both the first and third innings, and stranding two runners in the sixth.
Andrew Miller / Jeff Francis
Miller is making his first start since July 31. Since then, he has pitched out of the bullpen twice, 2.2 innings on August 4 and .1 of an inning (two batters) on August 10. On July 26, he lasted only 3.2 innings against the Royals, allowing seven runs (five earned) and 9 hits.
Game thread here.