GOLD GLOVE ERIC HOSMER HAS TO PLAY FIRST ALL THE TIME BECAUSE HE HAS A GOLD GLOVE AND THAT MEANS GOLD GLOVE DEFENSE ALL THE TIME WITH GOLD GLOVES DOING GOLD GLOVE THINGS.
Sorry, I had to get that out. In the top of the 2nd inning, Christian Vazquez slapped a high pitch the opposite way. It looked like a routine grounder. The ball went straight through Hosmer's legs, and a run scored.
Let's move on. The Royals responded in the bottom half of the frame with two runs. Lorenzo Cain doubled, and Alcides Escobar blooped a doinker just out of reach of second baseman Jemile Weeks. Escobar stole second base and moved to third on an infield single by Norichika Aoki. Mike Napoli noticed that Escobar rounded the bag a little much and misfired a throw to third. Escobar scored on the gift throw, which seems like a repayment for Hosmer's...indifference.
In the third, Liam Hendriks forgot how to throw strikes. After a hit, a walk, a HBP, another walk, and another hit, the Red Sox had plated two runs and ended Hendriks' night. Casey Coleman promptly got a double play, ending the inning.
More stupid Royals defense happened in the fourth. Escobar and Mike Moustakas conspired to err their way into a loss. Those errors set the table for a run to score on a David Ortiz single.
The Royals scrounged together only 1 more run in the 6th inning off a HBP and two singles. The Red Sox scored 2 more runs in the 8th off Aaron Crow, but they didn't matter because the Royals' offense is terrible and can't score runs. Granted, the Red Sox were gifted a few runs due to the vaunted Royals defense, but they still scored 4 "earned" runs, which was more than the Royals could muster, unearned or earned. 6-3.
Hey, at least we got to see Brandon Finnegan pitch again. The Royals maintain a 0.5 game lead over Detroit, but Detroit didn't play. Cleveland won both games of a double header and sit 4 games behind.