Boston Red Sox defeat Kansas City Royals, 5-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If you called it a night after eight innings last night, turning off the TV with your Red Sox ahead, 5-0, against a Royals team that was outscored, 158-71, in its last 22 games, 20 of them losses, you awoke this morning to find that Kansas City plated two in the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate. This, on Day 1 of Mike Timlin working closing time. And perhaps you panicked a bit.

''If they were sitting up watching the game," Timlin said, ''...