Mike Napoli, Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts all drove in runs in a five-run second inning as the Red Sox opened their weekend series in Kansas City with a 7-3 win over the Royals on Friday night.
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Rookie sensation Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 6.1 solid innings allowing just one run on six hits and a walk while striking out five.
Hanley Ramirez hit his fourteenth home run of the season in the top of the fifth to put Boston up 6-0 and had an RBI single in the seventh.
The Royals scored their first run on back-to-back two-out doubles in the bottom of the fifth. Robbie Ross Jr. gave up a solo home run to Eric Hosmer in the eighth. They added a run in the ninth on back-to-back doubles off Steven Wright.
In all, the Red Sox rapped out sixteen hits. Betts led the team with four; Pablo Sandoval, Napoli, Ramirez and Swihart each had two.
Dustin Pedroia did not play for the third time in the last four games.
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