KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Chip Ambres took advantage of his second
opportunity to drive in the winning run with one out and the bases
After striking out in the same situation two innings earlier,
Ambres lifted a fly ball to medium left field in the 11th and David
DeJesus slid in safely under Manny Ramirez's throw to the plate as
the Kansas City Royals beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 Wednesday night.
"I just had to let that go," Ambres said of his previous plate
appearance. "I just thought about it for a minute and told myself
I'll get that opportunity again. It's a brand new at-bat."
"Long hit an unbelievable down and away (pitch) to put me in
position where they had somebody in scoring position," Arroyo
He agreed that DeJesus got in safely to give the Royals their
third win in four games since losing a franchise-record 19
"From where I was and from where the umpire was, it looked like
he got in there," Arroyo said.
The Red Sox, the highest-scoring team in the majors, loaded the
bases in the fifth, sixth and seventh but failed to get a run. The
Royals did the same in the sixth and ninth. Boston was not retired
in order until the 10th and 11th by Andrew Sisco (2-2).
"We've got to find a way to put one of those runs across,"
said Kevin Millar, who hit a solo home run in the second. "It was
just one of those nights. Very frustrating."
The Royals tied the score at 3 on a two-run home run in the
fifth by DeJesus, who had missed the three previous games with a
sore muscle in his side but reached base five straight times.
Boston starter Matt Clement, who was struck in the head by a
line drive on July 26 and missed one start, got hit on the thumb by
a comebacker to the mound in the third inning. The next two
batters, DeJesus and Long, each singled, and DeJesus scored on
Sweeney's sacrifice fly to center.
"He lost feeling for a little bit but he shook it off," said
Boston manager Terry Francona. "It stung him for a little while
but once he felt like he could at least feel it, he was better off.
I thought his stuff was good."
Clement pitched seven innings, giving up three runs and six
hits. He also had a wild pitch and hit three batters, including
Angel Berroa twice.
The Red Sox, vying for their fifth straight win against the
Royals, scored a run in each of the first three innings off D. J.
Carrasco. Ramirez had an RBI single in the first, Millar homered in
the second and Johnny Damon scored his second run of the game on a
doubleplay grounder by David Ortiz.
With the bases loaded and one out in the fifth, Carrasco got
Ramirez to ground into a double play on the first pitch. Damon
grounded out to end the next inning.
With one out in the seventh, Ambiorix Burgos struck out Jason
Varitek and then left fielder Long made a great diving catch of
Millar's sinking liner.
"It was a great play," Francona said.
Then with two on and two out in the eighth, Ortiz fouled out --
giving the Red Sox 10 stranded runners in only four innings.
The Royals put the potential go-ahead run on third with one out
in the eighth, but reliever Chad Bradford came in and struck out
Angel Berroa and John Buck. With the bases loaded and one out in
the bottom of the ninth, Mike Timlin struck out Ambres and got Emil
Brown to pop up.
Edgar Renteria was 3-for-5 with a walk and three singles after
getting two singles and a double the night before. He's had at
least two hits in each of his last four games.
The Royals loaded the bases with one out in the sixth but
Clement got a double-play grounder from Buck, who was 0-for-4 after
coming to bat with seven runners on base.
Carrasco went 5 2-3 innings and was charged with three runs on
five hits. He struck out one and walked four.
RHP Curt Schilling will make his first start since April 23
on Thursday night. He's been pitching out of the bullpen since
coming off the disabled list last month. ... Boston LHP David Wells
and Kansas City RHP Runelvys Hernandez each had 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. Decisions are not expected
until next week. ... Royals 2B Donnie Murphy left the game in the
third inning after fielding a hard-hit grounder by Ortiz. He was
taken to a hospital for X-rays on his right ring finger and
replaced by Denny Hocking. ... The game was delayed for 18 minutes
in the top of the eighth by rain. ... After striking out in the
first, DeJesus reached base five straight plate appearances.