Kansas City Royals defeat Boston Red Sox, 6-5

The fixation with the team that plays on 161st Street and River Avenue in the Bronx makes it much harder for fans to abide the win-one, lose-one approach that has marked the Red Sox' play for the better part of two months.

And the notion of dropping a series at home to the Kansas City Royals, a team that has lost 100 games or more in three of the last four seasons? Unthinkable.

But even with Manny Ramírez hitting his 14th home run and expanding his comfort zone in left ...