Jacoby Ellsbury and Will Middlebrooks each drove in two runs as the Red Sox snapped a two-game losing streak to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-3 at Kauffman Stadium.
Boston jumped on Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie for four runs in the top of the fourth inning. Stephen Drew's RBI double drove in the first run, Middlebrooks drove in a pair with a single to right, and Ellsbury completed the scoring driving in Middlebrooks with a double.
Ellsbury (pictured) went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a stolen base. Middlebrooks, just called up from AAA Pawtucket, also had an infield single and scored twice.
The Royals made things close with three runs in the bottom of the fifth which knocked Boston starter Felix Doubront out of the game. Brandon Workman got the win in relief; Koji Uehara earned his twelfth save of the year.
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