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Yohan Pino rocked in 7-3 Royals loss to Red Sox

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There will be no kegger at Paul Rudd's house tonight.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox batted around in the second inning, scoring five runs off Yohan Pino that would stand up in a 7-3 Red Sox win over the Royals Friday night. With one out in the first, Pino gave up three straight hits, including a two-run single by Mike Napoli to put Boston on the board. After a walk to Alejandro de Aza, Pino gave up a two-run double to struggling rookie catcher Blake Swihart to double the lead. Mookie Betts would drive in another run to make the score 5-0, a lead the Red Sox could coast on to victory.

Pino would settle down after that, although he didn't look particularly sharp in his 5 2/3 innings of work, giving up eleven hits and failing to strike out a single hitter. Brandon Finnegan would follow up with mixed results of his own, going 2 2/3 innings, but with three hits, one run, and two walks allowed. Finnegan would also have a mental gaffe, failing to cover first base on a ground out, and not effectively holding runners on for a double-steal.

Offensively, the Royals never got much going against Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez, who worked his changeup with great efficiency. The Royals scratched out a run in the fifth off Rodriguez on back-to-back doubles by Omar Infante and Alcides Escobar, but that would be all they would get off the lefty in 6 1/3 innings of work.

Eric Hosmer took out his frustrations with a long, 424-foot home run in the eighth, his first since May 18. But Ned pulled some of the starters - Escobar and Salvador Perez - by the eighth inning, signaling "game over". I think Paul Rudd may have even made an appearance at shortstop. In the end, the only real excitement for the sold-out crowd came in the form of celebrity appearances before the game, and fireworks afterwards.

The Royals are 38-26. The Twins won, to pull within 2 1/2 games, but the Tigers lost, the Indians lost, and the White Sox blew an outstanding start by Chris Sale to lose in gut-punching fashion, so tonight is not a total loss.