Butler’s 3-run shot lifts Royals over Red Sox 6-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)   Billy Butler hit a mammoth three-run homer in the eighth inning Tuesday night, giving the Kansas City Royals a 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Chris Getz and Humberto Quintero also drove in runs for the Royals, who overcame another lousy performance by their starting pitcher to pick up a confidence-boosting win.

Daniel Bard (2-4) walked Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon to start the eighth before giving way to reliever Matt Albers. His third pitch to Butler was right in his wheelhouse, and the portly designated hitter sent it soaring into the fountains beyond the left-field wall.

It was Butler’s sixth homer of the year.

Kelvin Herrera and Jose Mijares (2-1) had kept Kansas City in the game after Danny Duffy lasted just 4 1-3 innings. Jonathan Broxton worked the ninth for his sixth save.