Boston The Kansas City Royals have lost two in a row. This year, that qualifies as a slump.
Nomar Garciaparra was 3-for-4, and Tim Wakefield pitched six strong innings Tuesday night as the Boston Red Sox rallied from a two-run deficit to beat Kansas City, 7-2.
"I was able to hang in there as long as I could," said Wakefield (3-1), who trailed 2-1 when he threw his last pitch. "The offense finally scored some runs."
The two-game skid matches K.C.'s longest losing streak of the season. The Royals have lost three of their last four after winning 16 of their first 19 games -- the best start in franchise history.
"We're human," manager Tony Pena said. "They're not going to be able to do the job every single day."
Kansas City lost a franchise-record 100 games last year. The Royals had four two-game losing streaks in April alone, and eight for the year; they also had nine three-game slides, three that were six games long and two lasting eight.
"We're going to probably lose more than two in a row this year," said Chris George (3-2), who pitched five good innings before running into trouble in the sixth. "But we're still playing pretty good baseball."
|When: 6:05 tonight.Where: Fenway Park.Television: Sunflower Broadband Channel 6.Pitchers: May (0-1) vs. Lowe (3-2).K.C. record: 17-6.|
Wakefield allowed two runs on seven hits, including an inside-the-park homer by Carlos Beltran and a conventional one by Mike DiFelice. Wakefield also struck out six and walked one.
George allowed three runs on six hits and a walk, striking out three in 51Â¼3 innings. He shut the Red Sox down for four innings before giving up a hard-luck run in the fifth and then running into real trouble in the sixth.