Perez's grand slam lifts Royals to 6-4 win over Red Sox

He was surprised the Sox came out swinging the way they did. I don't like telling the manager I can go out there and get it for him and not get it done. It was Escobar's 1,000th career hit as a Royal.

Strahm pitched to four batters in the 4th inning, allowing two singles and two doubles.

"I don't want to tell John [Farrell] I can do something that I can't get done", said Sale, via MLB.com. The Royals became the latest victim on Tuesday, as Chris Sale powered the Sox to an 8-3 victory. It is the first time this season the Red Sox are in sole possession of first place.

At Class AAA Omaha in 2015, Merrifield logged playing time at all three outfield spots and all four positions on the infield.

Boston's offense was not done, they would add three more runs in the top of the sixth inning. The major league leader in strikeouts allowed one run and four hits over eight innings with 10 strikeouts in a 1-0 loss at Philadelphia last Thursday. Anthony Rizzo thrived in the leadoff spot again, extending his career-high hitting streak to 13 games by going 2 for 3 with an RBI as Chicago won its second consecutive game to improve to 35-34.

Thirty times this season, the Red Sox carried a lead into the eighth inning.

According to ESPN Stats and Information, Perez was the first Kansas City player to hit a grand slam in the eighth inning or later with the Royals trailing since Frank White in 1986. Jackie Bradley Jr. homers to center field. Leon got both home with a double and finished Strahm's evening after 75 pitches. "Just making quality two-strike pitches was my nemesis today". "I thought I had good command".

"Me and Sammy just grinded it out".

It was the third straight start in which Hammel pitched into the seventh. Pablo Sandoval flies out to right center field to Lorenzo Cain.

Hammel (4-6) scattered seven hits without a walk, stranding seven along the way, and the only damage against him came in the fourth.

The Cincinnati Reds have placed Bronson Arroyo on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder, one day after the 40-year-old right-hander said there is a possibility his career might be over. They optioned LHP Eric Skoglund to the Storm Chasers.

First baseman Sam Travis and third baseman Deven Marrero, recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier in the day, drove in early runs to get the Red Sox off and running.