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Boston0 0 0 0 4 0 3 1 7 15161
Kansas City0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 460
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  W: H. Hembree (4-1)   L: J. Adam (0-2)
4:15 PM PT5:15 PM MT6:15 PM CT7:15 PM ET19:15 ET23:15 GMT7:15 4:15 PM MST6:15 PM EST6:45 PM VEN3:15 UAE (+1)6:15 PM CT, July 7, 2018
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri  Attendance: 30,347

Red Sox reach 60 wins first, look to add vs. Royals

According to STATS
According to STATS

Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals

  1. The Red Sox have won 10 of 13, and now possess the best record in baseball at 59-29. This is the earliest into a season that Boston has been 30 games over .500 since 1978 when the team was 51-21 through June 26.
  2. The Royals have dropped six in a row, and are an MLB-worst 5-25 since June 1, tying them for the worst 30-game stretch in franchise history. Kansas City has scored 67 total runs during this stretch of play, the fewest ever in a 30-game span in team history.
  3. Dating back to August 22, 2015, the Royals have beaten the Red Sox 11 of 17 times. Since 2016, Kansas City's 9-6 record against Boston is the best record by any American League team against the Red Sox over that time.
  4. Over his past five starts, Chris Sale has a 1.03 ERA with 54 strikeouts and eight walks in 35.0 innings. Sale is the first member of the Red Sox with back-to-back starts allowing zero runs while striking out 11 or more since Roger Clemens in April 1992.
  5. Among active players with at least 200 career plate appearances against the Red Sox, Alex Gordon's .311 batting average ranks second behind Kurt Suzuki (.333). Gordon's .311 batting average against Boston is also his highest average against any AL team.
  6. Since the All-Star break last year, J.D. Martinez leads the majors in home runs (57) and RBI (143). Martinez has 26 home runs so far this season; only David Ortiz (31 in 2006) and Carl Yastrzemski (29 in 1969) have had more home runs prior to the All-Star break in franchise history.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/6/2018 thru 7/8/2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The opener of the Boston Red Sox's three-game series with the Kansas City Royals on Friday night went as anticipated on paper.

The Red Sox jumped out to an 8-0 lead after two innings and Chris Sale dominated the Royals, striking out 12 in six innings. The Royals scored four meaningless runs the final three innings against the Red Sox bullpen in a 10-5 loss.

The Red Sox and Royals will meet again Saturday night and Boston will again be heavily favored.

Boston (60-29) leads the majors with 60 victories and has a major league-best .674 winning percentage. The Red Sox are 31 games above .500 for the first time since concluding the 2013 season at 97-65.

Their 60 wins are the fourth most after 89 games in the 118-year franchise history. The only teams with more wins after 89 games were the 1946 Red Sox at 63-26 and the 1912 and 1978 clubs at 61-28.

Boston is 5-2 on its nine-game, 10-day trip to New York, Washington and Kansas City. It is 32-17 away from Fenway Park.

The Red Sox are 3-1 against the Royals this season. The Royals went 8-4 against the Red Sox in the previous two seasons, Boston's worst record against any opponent during that span.

Left-hander David Price will start for the Red Sox on Saturday. He is 9-6 with a 4.28 ERA in his first 17 starts.

Price is coming off a poor start on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, allowing eight runs and nine hits across 3 1/3 innings.

Before that, Price had been magnificent in his previous nine starts, posting a 7-1 record with a 2.72 ERA. He allowed 17 earned runs in 56 1/3 innings during a span from May 12 through June 26. He allowed no more than three earned runs in any of those starts.

Price is unbeaten in seven career starts and one bullpen appearance against the Royals. He is 4-0 with a 2.13 ERA against Kansas City, giving up 12 earned runs in 50 2/3 innings.

The Red Sox's dynamic duo of Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez are tough on any pitching staff and that was the case again Friday.

Betts led off the game with a home run, the 100th of his career. He joins Tony Conigliaro, Jim Rice and Ted Williams as the only Red Sox players with 100 home runs before their 26th birthday.

Betts is batting .369 (41-for-111) with nine home runs and 19 RBIs in 26 career games against the Royals. His batting average is the best for any opposing hitter with a minimum of 100 at-bats against Kansas City.

Martinez hit a two-run shot in the second inning and leads the majors with 27 home runs. Only Carl Yastrzemski, 29 in 1969, and David Ortiz, 31 in 2006, had more homers before the All-Star break. Martinez leads the American League with 73 RBIs.

The Royals will send rookie right-hander Brad Keller (2-3, 2.09 ERA) to the mound as they attempt to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Keller, a Rule Five pick from the Arizona Diamondbacks, threw an eight-inning, complete-game six-hitter at Seattle in his previous start, only to lose 1-0 to the Mariners.

He is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 13 appearances at Kauffman Stadium. He has a 2.25 ERA in three home starts.

Keller made two relief appearances in May at Boston. He got the final two outs of the seventh inning withoutout giving up any runs in a 5-4, 11-inning victory on May 1 and the next day threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Updated July 7, 2018

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