MLB Baseball

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Kansas City1 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 6131
Boston2 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 x 7121
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  W: Y. Rios (2-0)   L: J. Brentz (2-1)   S: M. Barnes (18)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, June 29, 2021
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 25,180

Rolling Red Sox, reeling Royals ready for rematch

According to STATS
According to STATS

Kansas City Royals at Boston Red Sox

  1. The Royals took two of three from the Red Sox from June 18-20 in Kansas City. The overall numbers in the series were close to even -- 13 runs apiece and 32 hits for Kansas City to 30 for Boston. The Red Sox won all four series between the teams in 2018 and 2019, taking 10 of 12 games.
  2. The Royals have dropped five straight games, all of them on the road. They managed only 11 runs in those five games, three times scoring zero or one run. Kansas City has lost 17 straight games when scoring four runs or fewer.
  3. After dropping four of six games in Kansas City and Tampa Bay, the Red Sox returned home over the weekend and swept a three-game series against the Yankees. Boston pitching allowed only seven runs to the Bronx Bombers, posting a 1.33 ERA (four earned runs in 27.0 innings) and striking out 30.
  4. After a two-week stretch in which he hit .365 with four homers and a 1.054 OPS, Salvador Perez is 2-for-22 in his last six games. Since 2016, Perez is hitting .349 versus the Red Sox (22-for-63) with seven homers in 18 games.
  5. The Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers share the AL lead with 23 doubles, with J.D. Martinez tied for fifth with 19. Martinez has 13 of those two-base hits at Fenway Park and leads America Leaguers with 51 hits at home.
  6. With a 1.81 ERA in 44.2 innings, Danny Duffy is the only lefthander in MLB (minimum 40 IP) with an ERA under 2.00. After going 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA in May, Garrett Richards is 0-2 with a 6.95 ERA this month. Opponents are hitting .347 off Richards in June.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/28/2021 thru 7/1/2021

Boston's Nick Pivetta and Kansas City's Brad Keller will look to limit the long ball when their teams meet in the second game of a four-game series on Tuesday night.

The host Red Sox, who fell behind early but won 6-5 on Monday, hit four home runs while the Royals launched three.

Hunter Renfroe hit a go-ahead solo shot in the sixth inning after blasting a two-run homer in the fourth. Enrique Hernandez and Bobby Dalbec added solo home runs for the Red Sox.

Meanwhile, Carlos Santana had a three-run homer in the first inning and Michael A. Taylor and Whit Merrifield added solo shots in the second for the Royals.

"They came out of the gate swinging really well. As far as us, we swung the bat really well as well," Renfroe said. "(We) got some timely hits when we need to, and the big bats answered (them) real quick."

Boston won its fourth game in a row. The Royals have dropped six in a row and are 1-6 since beating the Red Sox 7-3 in the rubber match of a three-game series in Kansas City on June 20.

"(The ball) was carrying, but our guys were getting into 'em, too -- a lot of cheapies," Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said. "We come out of the gate and our offense is able to do some things, and we're looking for a shutdown right there (that we didn't get)."

Pivetta (6-3, 4.00 ERA) was able to keep the ball in the park -- and the opponent off the scoreboard -- in his last start, which came Thursday at Tampa Bay. The right-hander pitched 6 2/3 no-hit innings with two walks and eight strikeouts before being lifted in the seventh after throwing 100 pitches.

Prior to that, Pivetta had coughed up six homers over his previous three starts -- including one in a 5-3 defeat at Kansas City on June 18 in his lone career start against the Royals. He lasted five innings and allowed three runs on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts en route to his third loss in four games.

Keller (6-8, 6.39 ERA) is in desperate need of a turnaround. He is on a four-start losing skid and has surrendered at least four runs in each of those outings.

The right-hander gave up four runs on nine hits, including two home runs, while walking four and punching out three in five innings in a road loss to the New York Yankees on Thursday.

In his prior start, Keller was shelled for five runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in five innings in a 7-1 loss to Boston on June 19. Keller is 0-1 with a 6.94 ERA in four career appearances, including two starts, against the Red Sox.

Boston's J.D. Martinez is 2-for-8 with a home run and three RBIs lifetime against Keller, while teammate Xander Bogaerts is 2-for-6 with four runs driven in against him.

The Royals will be hoping for another offensive boost from rookie third baseman Emmanuel Rivera, who went 2-for-4 on Monday in his major league debut. Rivera, who will turn 25 on Tuesday, collected his first hit on a first-inning, two-out single.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 29, 2021

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