Wells improves to 16-3 against Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- David Wells and the Boston Red Sox
maintained their mastery of Kansas City with a 5-2 victory Tuesday
night, snapping the Royals' two-game winning streak that followed a
team-record 19 straight losses.

Edgar Renteria had three hits and Jason Varitek hit a towering
home run for Boston, which handed the Royals their team-record
ninth straight loss at home.

Wells (10-6) allowed five hits in five shutout innings for his
11th straight win over the Royals, raising his lifetime record
against Kansas City to 16-3.

Jeremi Gonzalez pitched three hitless innings and Mike Timlin
worked the ninth, giving up two runs on Donnie Murphy's single with
the bases loaded.

The Royals snapped the 19-game losing streak on Saturday night
at Oakland and beat the Athletics again on Sunday.

Wells worked out of jams in the first and second and issued two
walks for only the third time this season. The left-hander has not
lost to Kansas City since May 5, 1993, while with Detroit.

Zack Greinke (3-15) became the first major league pitcher with
15 losses as the Red Sox beat the Royals for the fourth time in as
many games this season. Since 2001, the Red Sox are 20-8 against
Kansas City and have guaranteed themselves of winning the season
series for the fifth straight year.

Greinke, in his first appearance against the Red Sox, gave up
five runs and nine hits, with two walks and three strikeouts. His
ERA climbed to 6.04.

Renteria had an RBI single in a three-run third. After Bill
Mueller doubled and scored on a two-out double by Johnny Damon,
Renteria's first hit scored Damon to make it 2-0. Then David Ortiz
doubled for a 3-0 lead.

Varitek led off the fourth with his 21st home run, a 418-foot
shot over the fence in right on a 3-2 pitch that gave him eight
homers and 20 RBI in his last 23 games.

Renteria singled leading off the fifth and scored on an RBI
double by Trot Nixon, who was activated from the disabled list
earlier Tuesday.

Game notes
Both Wells and Kansas City RHP Runelvys Hernandez will have
their hearings on Wednesday regarding suspensions. Wells was
suspended six games for a confrontation with umpires and Hernandez
drew a 10-game suspension for throwing at batters. ... The Red Sox
optioned LHP Lenny Dinardo to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for
Nixon. ... This was the start of a 13-game, 13-day grind for the
Red Sox.