Boston Red Sox defeat Kansas City Royals, 8-6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Boston Red Sox survived two scares on Sunday - a possible serious injury to left fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and a Kansas City Royals rally.

Dustin Pedroia collected four hits, including a home run, to lead Boston to an 8-6 victory.

Adrian Beltre had three hits and three RBIs for the Red Sox, but was part of a ninth-inning collision that resulted in Ellsbury being helped off the field.

"He kneed me right in the ribs," Ellsbury said. "I was wo...

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It took 190 at-bats for Dustin Pedroia to go from one homer to two last season. It took 317 at-bats for him to go from two homers to three. This season? Try 23 at-bats.

As the Red Sox offense broke out for the second straight game — scoring eight runs Saturday and yesterday against the Royals — the second baseman has been among the hottest of the team’s hitters, lashing his third homer of the season. It was Pedroia, too, who cautioned that the Sox cou...