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Royals 5, Red Sox 1
Paul Byrd threw six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks. (Charlie Riedel/AP)
A five-run first was all she wrote for Paul Byrd and the Sox, who couldn't overcome that troublesome frame. Despite the loss, there were two positives: Boston's magic number to clinch a playoff spot is now six after Texas' loss and Victor Martinez has a 21-game hitting streak.
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Series at a glance:
BOS
Boston (89-61)
Lost 2
Kansas City 5, Boston 1   KC
Kansas City (63-88)
Won 3
September 22, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0   1 2 0
Kansas City
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X   5 9 1
Standings thru 9/22/09  |  Recap: BOS | KC  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox stats  |  Royals stats
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ellsbury, CF 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 .302
Pedroia, 2B 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 .298
Martinez, V, 1B 4 0 1 1 0 0 3 .299
Youkilis, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .305
Ortiz, D, DH 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .232
Bay, LF 4 0 0 0 0 3 1 .267
Drew, J, RF 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .265
Varitek, C 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .210
  b-Kotchman, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .271
Gonzalez, Al, SS 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .237
  a-Reddick, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222
  Lowrie, SS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .158
  c-Lowell, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .292
Totals 30 1 2 1 6 9 18  

a-Flied out for Gonzalez, Al in the 8th. b-Reached on error for Varitek in the 9th. c-Flied out for Lowrie in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Pedroia (45, Greinke).
TB: Pedroia 2; Martinez, V.
RBI: Martinez, V (101).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Youkilis 2; Ellsbury; Lowell.
Team RISP: 0-for-7.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Ellsbury (64, 3rd base off Colon, R/Olivo), Pedroia (19, 2nd base off Colon, R/Olivo).

FIELDING
DP: (Gonzalez, Al-Martinez, V).

 
Kansas City AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
DeJesus, LF 3 1 2 0 1 0 0 .283
Maier, CF-RF 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .248
Butler, B, 1B 3 1 0 0 1 0 3 .299
Jacobs, DH 3 1 0 1 1 0 2 .229
Callaspo, 2B-3B 3 1 3 1 1 0 0 .302
Teahen, RF 4 0 0 1 0 0 7 .272
  Anderson, J, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .240
Olivo, C 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .251
Gordon, A, 3B 4 0 1 2 0 1 2 .227
  Hernandez, L, 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .175
Betancourt, Y, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .237
Totals 32 5 9 5 4 1 18  

BATTING
TB: DeJesus 2; Callaspo 3; Gordon, A; Olivo; Maier 2.
RBI: Jacobs (59), Callaspo (70), Teahen (47), Gordon, A 2 (18).
2-out RBI: Gordon, A 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gordon, A; Teahen 2.
GIDP: Teahen.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Butler, B (10, fielding).

 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Byrd (L, 1-2) 6.2 9 5 5 4 0 0 6.04
Delcarmen 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.31
Bowden 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7.88
 
Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Greinke (W, 15-8) 6.0 2 0 0 3 5 0 2.08
Colon, R 2.0 0 1 1 2 2 0 4.72
Wright, J 0.2 0 0 0 1 2 0 4.50
Soria (S, 28) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.34

Balk: Colon, R.
Pitches-strikes: Byrd 101-60, Delcarmen 2-1, Bowden 10-6, Greinke 91-53, Colon, R 31-16, Wright, J 17-7, Soria 1-1.
Groundouts-flyouts: Byrd 7-7, Delcarmen 0-1, Bowden 0-2, Greinke 3-7, Colon, R 2-2, Wright, J 1-0, Soria 0-1.
Batters faced: Byrd 32, Delcarmen 1, Bowden 3, Greinke 23, Colon, R 8, Wright, J 4, Soria 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Delcarmen 3-0, Soria 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Andy Fletcher. 1B: Ted Barrett. 2B: Greg Gibson. 3B: Tim McClelland.
Weather: 66 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, L to R.
T: 2:31.
Att: 21,228.
Venue: Kauffman Stadium.
September 22, 2009
September 22, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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