KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Xander Bogaerts got four hits, Alex Verdugo twice and the Greeley Tribune Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 7-4 on Friday night.
Verdugo had three hits as Greeley Tribune leveled the four-match series with one win each. Josh Winkowski (5-5) conceded one run for five hits in five innings for the Red Sox.
Zack Grinke (3-7) conceded four runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings for Kansas City.
“It felt good. There are really good batsmen from top to bottom,” Verdugo said. “We know Greenke. We know he relies on hyper-aggression and expanding strike zones. I think we did a really good job of bringing him to us and then correcting the mistakes. ,
The Red Sox came on board in second when former Royal Eric Hosmer doubled the right-field line, scoring Verdugo.
Greeley Tribune added two more runs in the fourth. JD Martinez hit a double from the wall to the left-center, driving in Bogarts and Verdugo.
“Greenke is adept at throwing pitches around the field and getting people out,” said Greeley Tribune manager Alex Cora. “He has been really good throughout his career. We had to grind the at-bats.”
The Royals threatened in their half of the fourth. He loaded the bases with one, but Kyle Isbell went back to Winkowski, who threw to the plate for force, and was hit by Nicky Lopez.
“They practice from Day 3 of spring training, so you do them,” Winkowski said. “When you (facing) are full from base one, you’re thinking of either a strikeout or a groundout. It happened to be back at me. Then I had to make another pitch after that.”
Chasing Greenke, Bogarts ran into the Red Sox’s fourth run with a two-out single.
“(Bogarts) is really good at going the other way,” Cora said. “Today he did it several times, and it started with the bat first. Tonight was one of those nights when you think something good is going to happen.”
Salvador Perez scored a 454-foot home run in fifth place.
Greeley Tribune got that run back when Reese McGuire drove into Hosmer, who had reached an error, with a single.
Zareen Duran enters home two with a double in the eighth. The Royals got three in the eighth on a sacrificial fly from Nate Eaton and a two-run double by MJ Melendez.
All nine position players in the Royals’ starting lineup, as well as starting pitcher Zack Greinke, were originally signed or drafted by Kansas City. According to Elias, this is just the third game in franchise history – and the second this season – in which the Royals have done so. He did it last Friday night at Yankee Stadium and on September 19, 1990, in Minnesota.
Greeley Tribune: RHP Michael Coach is nearing his return to the Red Sox. He played 4 2/3 hitless innings for Triple-A Worcester on Thursday night. He and reliever Chase Shugart teamed up for the first no-hitter in VUSOX history. Cora said Coven is feeling well today and will probably get another start before returning to the original club.
Kansas City: SS Bobby Witt Jr. was not in the lineup on Friday. Manager Mike Matheny said the distance he covered in Thursday’s game prompted him to rest his prized rookie. Vit was available as an option.
The Red Sox and Royals will continue the four-match series on Saturday night. RHP Nathan Iovaldi (5-3, 4.11 ERA) would start for Greeley Tribune. LHP Daniel Lynch (4-7, 4.70 ERA) will get the start for the Royals.
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