BOSTON (AP) Billy Butler hit a three-run homer and Luke Hochevar pitched seven strong innings Thursday to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Hochevar (7-8) allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while matching his season high for strikeouts with six. He retired 14 of the last 16 batters he faced and gave up just one extra-base hit, a third inning double by Yamaico Navarro. Hochevar left with a 4-2 lead, and Dustin Pedroia led off the eighth with a high home run over the Green Monster on a 3-2 pitch from Greg Holland. But Holland got Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz on groundouts to end the inning, and Joakim Soria came on to pitch the ninth.
Royals split series with Red Sox, win finale
August 1, 2011 By