Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Boston leads 1-0 (as of 8/23)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 23
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Kansas City2
Game 2: Wednesday, August 24
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in 11
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Game 3: Thursday, August 25
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Red Sox 5

(72-51, 34-33 away)

Royals 2

(40-83, 23-38 home)

8:10 PM ET, August 23, 2005

Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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W: D. Wells (10-6)

L: Z. Greinke (3-15)

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.

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