Three batters into the top of the first inning, Red Sox starter Garrett Richards looked like a pitcher who was on the verge of seeing his major league career end right then and there.
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Carlos Santana slammed a 3-run homer which was followed by a pair of solo home runs in the top of the second, and just like that, the Red Sox found themselves on the wrong end of a 5-1 score.
Richards, whose performance has noticeably declined since MLB's crackdown on pitchers using illegal substances on the baseball, somehow made the necessary adjustments and made it into the sixth inning, holding Kansas City scoreless in the process. Manager Alex Cora said after the game that Richards competed and found a way to keep the team in the game.
The Red Sox slammed four home runs - Kike Hernandez, Bobby Dalbec, and two from Hunter Renfroe (pictured) - to come from behind to beat the Royals 6-5 Monday night at Fenway Park.
The Boston bullpen combination of Hirokazu Sawamura, Josh Taylor, and Matt Barnes limited Kansas City to just one hit over the final 3.1 innings. For Barnes, it was his 17th save of the season.
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