Whit Merrifield drove the win run in the seventh inning, Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-2 on Monday to take their eighth win on nine dates.

Jason Hammel (4-6) pitched seven solid innings before leaving his place on the mound to Mike Minor, who filled the bases with two outs in the eighth. Boston’s ninth hitter Christian Vazquez wanted to send a slow ball to third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert fielded without problems and returned to first to cut the threat.

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Kelvin Herrera worked around a three-pointer by Andrew Benintendi in the ninth for his 16th save.
Red Sox reliever Blaine Boyer (0-1), who overcame a full-base situation in the sixth, allowed Merrifield’s single in the seventh.

For the Red Sox, Aruban Xander Bogaerts 5-2. Hanley Ramirez of 4-2, with an annotated one. The Venezuelan Pablo
Sandoval of 3-1. The Puerto Rican Christian Vazquez 4-0.

For the Royals, the Dominicans Jorge Bonifacio of 4-1, with an annotated one; Ramon Torres 1-0, with an annotated. The Venezuelan Alcides Escobar of 4-1.

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