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Red Sox rally past Royals thanks to Bogaerts, Gomes

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonny Gomes' pinch-hit, two-run home run capped a four-run rally in the sixth inning, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals in Friday's opener of a three-game series from Fenway Park.

Xander Bogaerts added a two-run shot and scored twice, with Brock Holt driving in the other run for the Red Sox, who have won five of their last six games.

Clay Buchholz (5-5) allowed 10 hits and four runs, but lasted just long enough to snag the win by working six full frames. Koji Uehara turned in a scoreless ninth for his 19th save.

Eric Hosmer finished 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Royals, losers in four of their last five. Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon each contributed two hits and a run batted in to a futile effort.

Scott Downs (0-3) was charged with the lead run while recording one out in the deciding frame. James Shields worked the first 5 2/3 innings, exiting after giving up eight hits and four runs -- three earned.

07/18 22:50:41 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
WIN 3
CAR 1
9th
KAN 1
SFG 7
 
Final
MIA 90
HOU 85
Final
MIN 107
IND 89
Final
OKC 91
UTA 105
Final
DEN 75
POR 93
 
Half
LAL 47
PHO 50
 
2nd
GSW 32
LAC 35
 
4th
LALAF 41
ARKST 26
 
Final
NJD 3
NYR 4
Final
BOS 5
SJS 3
Final
NYI 2
TOR 5
Final
MON 2
DET 1
Final
NAS 4
ARI 3
Final
WIN 3
CAR 1
Final
CHI 4
PHI 0
Final
DAL 6
VAN 3
3rd
COL 3
FLA 3
 
3rd
CAL 1
TAM 1