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Sox win 90th
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Red Sox 9, Royals 2
Josh Beckett threw six innings of two-run ball for his 16th victory. (Charlie Riedel/AP)
Thanks to a six-run fifth, ace Josh Beckett, who wasn't sharp but persevered against the Royals, won his 16th game, helping the Red Sox win their 90th of the season and reducing Boston's magic number to clinch a playoff spot to five.
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Series at a glance:
BOS
Boston (90-61)
Won 1
Boston 9, Kansas City 2   KC
Kansas City (63-89)
Lost 1
September 23, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 3   9 12 0
Kansas City
0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0   2 12 0
Standings thru 9/23/09  |  Recap: BOS | KC  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox stats  |  Royals stats
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ellsbury, CF 5 1 1 2 0 2 3 .301
  Gathright, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278
Pedroia, 2B 3 2 2 1 1 0 0 .300
  Lowrie, 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .158
Martinez, V, C 5 1 1 0 0 0 5 .299
Youkilis, 1B 4 1 0 0 1 1 1 .302
Bay, LF 3 0 1 2 2 2 0 .267
  1-Anderson, PR-CF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .237
Ortiz, D, DH 4 1 2 4 1 0 0 .234
Lowell, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .290
  Woodward, 3B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .227
Drew, J, RF 3 1 2 0 2 0 2 .267
  2-Reddick, PR-RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222
Gonzalez, Al, SS 5 1 2 0 0 0 4 .239
Totals 37 9 12 9 7 6 19  

1-Ran for Bay in the 9th. 2-Ran for Drew, J in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Gonzalez, Al (21, Hochevar).
3B: Ellsbury (10, Hochevar).
HR: Ortiz, D (25, 9th inning off Rosa, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Ellsbury 3; Ortiz, D 5; Gonzalez, Al 3; Pedroia 2; Drew, J 2; Martinez, V; Bay; Woodward.
RBI: Ellsbury 2 (59), Pedroia (65), Bay 2 (115), Ortiz, D 4 (88).
2-out RBI: Ortiz, D 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Drew, J; Martinez, V; Gonzalez, Al.
GIDP: Martinez, V, Lowell.
Team RISP: 5-for-12.
Team LOB: 9.

 
Kansas City AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
DeJesus, LF 4 0 1 1 1 1 3 .283
  1-Anderson, J, PR-CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .240
Maier, CF-LF 5 0 3 0 0 1 1 .254
Butler, B, 1B 5 0 2 0 0 1 3 .299
Pena, B, DH 4 0 1 0 1 1 2 .269
Callaspo, 2B 3 0 0 0 1 2 4 .301
  b-Hernandez, L, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .172
Teahen, RF-3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .270
Buck, C 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 .241
Gordon, A, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .222
  a-Bloomquist, PH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .268
Betancourt, Y, SS 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 .242
Totals 38 2 12 2 3 10 19  

a-Struck out for Gordon, A in the 8th. b-Struck out for Callaspo in the 9th.
1-Ran for DeJesus in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Buck (11, Beckett).
3B: Betancourt, Y (6, Beckett).
TB: DeJesus; Butler, B 2; Betancourt, Y 5; Pena, B; Maier 3; Buck 3.
RBI: Betancourt, Y (44), DeJesus (71).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Callaspo; DeJesus; Teahen; Pena, B; Butler, B.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
Team LOB: 12.

BASERUNNING
SB: Maier (8, 2nd base off Beckett/Martinez, V).
CS: DeJesus (9, 2nd base by Beckett/Martinez, V).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Betancourt, Y-Butler, B, Betancourt, Y-Callaspo-Butler, B).

 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Beckett (W, 16-6) 6.0 12 2 2 1 7 0 3.78
Okajima 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.30
Wagner, B 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.19
Papelbon 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.94
 
Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hochevar (L, 7-11) 5.0 8 6 6 3 5 0 5.98
Marte, V 2.0 0 0 0 2 1 0 7.88
Rosa 2.0 4 3 3 2 0 1 7.71

HBP: Pedroia (by Hochevar).
Pitches-strikes: Beckett 103-71, Okajima 19-12, Wagner, B 16-9, Papelbon 12-10, Hochevar 94-57, Marte, V 40-20, Rosa 40-21.
Groundouts-flyouts: Beckett 5-4, Okajima 1-0, Wagner, B 0-2, Papelbon 1-0, Hochevar 6-1, Marte, V 4-0, Rosa 0-6.
Batters faced: Beckett 30, Okajima 4, Wagner, B 4, Papelbon 3, Hochevar 25, Marte, V 8, Rosa 12.
Umpires: HP: Ted Barrett. 1B: Greg Gibson. 2B: Tim McClelland. 3B: Andy Fletcher.
Weather: 69 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 1 mph, Varies.
T: 3:10.
Att: 18,989.
Venue: Kauffman Stadium.
September 23, 2009
September 23, 2009

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