KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Xander Bogaerts had four hits and Alex Verdugo had two as the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 7-4 on Friday night.
Verdugo hit three hits and Boston tied the four-game series with a win. Josh Winckowski (5-5) had five hits in five innings for the Red Sox.
Zack Greinke (3-7) allowed 4 runs on 7 hits in 4 2/3 innings for Kansas City.
“It feels good. There are a lot of guys who are really good at hitting from top to bottom,” Verdugo said. “We know Glink. We know he’s a little reliant on being over-aggressive and extending the strike zone. I think we did a really good job of having him come to us and make mistakes.”
The Red Sox got on the board in the second quarter when former Real Eric Hosmer pulled a double from the right field line to score for Verdugo.
Boston added two more points in the fourth quarter. JD Martinez hit a double down left center, teeing off in Bogaerts and Verdugo.
“Glink is a master at throwing the ball in the paint and getting people off,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “He’s been phenomenal throughout his career. We had to hone in on the batting.”
The Royals threatened halfway through the fourth quarter. They loaded the bases with an out, but Kyle Isbel went back to Winckowski, who threw power to the plate, Nicky Lopez out .
“Those workouts from day 3 of spring training, that’s why you do those workouts,” Winckowski said. “When you’re (faced) with a base that’s out, you’re either thinking about a strikeout or you’re thinking about an out. It just happened to come back to me. And then I had to do another pitch after that.”
The Bogaerts chased Greinke with a two-out single in Game 4 of the Red Sox.
“(Bogaerts) are really good at doing the opposite,” Cora said. “He did it a few times today, starting with the first bat. Today is one of those nights where you think good things are going to happen.”
Salvador Perez hit a left 454-foot homer in the fifth inning.
Boston got that game when Reese McGuire drove Hosmer, and Hosmer made a mistake, single.
Jarren Duran brought home two balls in the eighth inning with a double. The Royals scored three on Nate Eaton’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, while MJ Melendez had two.
All nine position players in the Royals’ starting lineup, plus starting pitcher Zach Greenke, were originally signed or drafted by Kansas City. According to Elias, it was only the third game in franchise history — and the second this season — that the Royals did it. They did it last Friday night at Yankee Stadium and September 19, 1990 in Minnesota.
Boston: RHP Michael Wacha is returning to the Red Sox. He pitched a 4 2/3 no-hitter for AAA Worcester on Thursday night. He teamed up with reliever Chase Shugart to become the first no-hitter in WooSox history. Cora said Wacha felt good today and will likely start again before returning to his home team.
Kansas City: SS Bobby Witt Jr. was not in the lineup Friday. Head coach Mike Massene said the distance he ran in Thursday’s game prompted him to give his precious rookie a break. Witt can be a substitute.
The Red Sox and Royals will continue their four-game series on Saturday night. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-3, 4.11 ERA) will start for Boston. LHP Daniel Lynch (4-7, 4.70 ERA) will start for the Royals.
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