Pedroia to miss game to attend funeral services

There was a time when last night's 10-4 Red Sox loss to the Kansas City Royals was relatively low-scoring.

Stunned by an eight-run rally Sunday night that cost them the series finale against the Kansas City Royals, the Boston Red Sox look to Rick Porcello to reverse their fortunes. "I got it in that little corner".

Xander Bogaerts homered and drove in three runs, and Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez hit consecutive homers for the Red Sox, who snapped a three-game losing streak with its 11th win in 16 games.

David Ortiz hit his 534th homer, a solo shot, for the Red Sox, tying Jimmie Foxx for 18th on the career list. Betts hammered an 0-2 fastball from Rays starter Matt Andriese that deflected high off a sign atop the Green Monster in left field for a solo home run.

Eduardo Rodriguez (2-6) gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings before the bullpen allowed five more in the sixth.

Andriese (6-6) allowed 10 hits and noticed Boston's hitters laid off his changeup that was effective last Thursday when he went six innings, giving up three runs. Ventura permitted four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be away from the team on Sunday due to a family matter.

Notes: Boston's RHP Rick Porcello, 12-0 at home this season and trying to become the first Red Sox pitcher in 70 years to start a season 13-0 at home, faces RHP Matt Andriese in Monday night's series opener with Tampa Bay.

The Royals initially took the lead in the second when Salvador Perez smashed Rodriguez's first pitch for a home run and they tacked on another run on a Paulo Orlando sacrifice fly following a single from Alex Gordon and a walk to Alcides Escobar with an effective sacrifice bunt thrown down by Raul Mondesi.

Boston ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 9.93 per game this season.

"Unfortunately, it didn't go the way I would have hoped", Barnes said.

Porcello (18-3) has lost once since May 17.

The win kept the Red Sox two games behind the first-place Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. He walked two and only struck out one, but he was bit by two fielding miscues in Boston's three-run fifth. "He threw the ball well and we just had a couple of chances there, but he's a good pitcher and he made some quality pitches to get out of some stuff".

DODGERS 3, CUBS 2 Julio Urias allowed one run over six innings, Corey Seager set a Dodgers franchise record for a shortstop with his 23rd home run and Los Angeles defeated visiting Chicago to even the series between NL division leaders.

Pedroia collected his 10th consecutive hit with a run-scoring single to make it 5-2 in the fourth.

Rays: Cash has chose to go with six starters when RHP Aex Cobb returns to the rotation this weekend against Toronto after being sidelined since Tommy John surgery in May 2015.

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