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Kansas City Royals vs. Boston Red Sox, 5/2/2018 Prediction & Odds

Kansas City Royals vs. Boston Red Sox, 5/2/2018 Prediction & Odds

The first-place Boston Red Sox will host the Kansas City Royals in the series finale Wednesday afternoon from Fenway Park.

With the sun shining and the 86-degree game-time temperature flawless for hitting home runs, the Red Sox hit four of them, three by Betts and one by J.D. Martinez, who launched a two-run shot in the fourth inning to tie the game, 3-3. That's according to STATS service.

Betts, who returned to action in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 7-6 loss in 13 innings and went hitless in two at-bats, had not started since suffering right hamstring tightness in the fourth inning of Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Betts led off the game with a base hit, only to be wiped out on an inning-ending double play by Hanley Ramirez.

Danny Duffy has been hit-hard in two straight starts, and Drew Pomeranz wasn't sharp in his two starts this season.

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Asdrubal Cabrera's walk in the third and Flores' double in the ninth were the only two baserunners NY had after the second inning. The 35-year-old has surrendered one run in two career appearances (one start) spanning three innings against Atlanta.

Royals reliever Kevin McCarthy pitched three scoreless innings to get the game to Herrera in the 12th. Live coverage on Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket begins at 7:20pm.

Gordon's homer came on a pitch that was right down the middle. He would complete the trifecta with a much-needed insurance run in the seventh that put the Red Sox up 5-3.

Encarnacion hit a three-homer in the first, a two-run shot in the second and a solo drive in the eighth.

Mookie Betts was originally expected to return to the Red Sox on Tuesday, but they made a decision to give him another day to rest his tight hamstring. His first longball got the Red Sox on the board to cut the Royals' early lead to 3-1, but his second broke a 3-3 tie to put the Red Sox up by one.

The Royals are glad to have Salvador Perez back in the lineup after he missed the first three weeks of the season due to injury. Their pitching has been very bad, placing last in the Major Leagues with a 5.33 ERA. He missed six games on suspension for his part in a fight with Tyler Austin of the Yankees on April 11. Whit Merrifield is 1 for 5 against Pomeranz, while Mike Moustakas is 0 for 3, and Salvador Perez is 3 for 5. He allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings of work. But Eduardo Nunez homered against Kelvin Herrera (1-0) in the bottom half.

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In the other dugout, Boston's pitching staff has allowed 3.6 runs per game overall in 2018.

The Red Sox are 21-8 SU and 14-14 ATS.

Boston has posted 20.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 26.6 over its last five.

Despite the lousy weather in April that has home runs across the league down from 2017, the Sox are on pace for 205 after they hit just 168 a year ago.

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