Royals-Red Sox 2nd Ld-Writethru

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The slam came off the bat of Xander Bogaerts - his second grand slam of the season and the team's sixth. That's the subject of our latest Trivia Question of the Week: Which Red Sox player holds the franchise record for most grand slams in a single season?

At the end of the weekend, the Sox stood at 20 and 7, with the Yankees trailing by just two games, having won nine straight. Carlos Correa had two hits including an RBI single for the 'Stros, and game two features a good pitching match up tonight with Jordan Montgomery going for Houston, hoping to improve on his 2-0 start, while Houston counters with veteran star Justin Verlander, wh is 4-0 on the year and has a miniscule ERA of 1.36, the lowest he's boasted through six starts in his career.

Mitch Moreland added a two-run homer and had three hits.

The Red Sox offense has been led by Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez.

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The Red Sox trailed 3-0 after a wild first inning from Eduardo Rodriguez who walked in two runs. Kevin McCarthy (2-0) earned the win with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief while Blaine Boyer worked the ninth for his first save.

Salvador Perez and Lucas Duda drew bases-loaded walks and Jon Jay hit an infield single in a three-run first for the Royals. He allowed six runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts, allowing five homers, over 5.2 innings in a 6-3 Royals loss. They won their first 13 in a row, got to 20-and-3 on May 2, then promptly lost 12 straight. First pitch in the game was set for 7:10 pm ET. In his 32.1 innings and 3-2 mark this year, Junis has a 3.34 ERA with 25 Ks and seven walks. Of the other six clubs, three made the playoffs and two (the 1955 Dodgers and 1984 Tigers) went on to win the World Series. He has yet to face the Red Sox this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

Rodriguez is 1-1 with a 4.98 ERA in four career starts against the Royals, whose current roster is hitting a combined.311 (14-for-45) against him. Minnesota's Lance Lynn (0-3) struggled with his command again and couldn't get past the fifth inning for the fourth time in five starts this season. The left-hander pitched seven innings of three-run ball, allowing six hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Boston has seen the over go 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below.400, 7-2-1 in their last 10 home games vs. a right-handed starter and 7-3-1 in their last 11 at home.

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