John Lackey vs James Shields Battle Sees Boston Fall 4-3
Kansas City grabbed a 4-3 win over Boston on Sunday, as James Shields was credited with a win at Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City was an underdog by -104 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went UNDER the consensus closing total of 8.5.
James Shields earned the victory for the Royals, throwing 7 innings of work, striking out 5, walking 3, and allowing 7 hits and 2 earned runs. That effort was supported by 2 RBIs from Alex Gordon in the win.
Boston's starting pitcher John Lackey worked 7 innings, giving up 7 hits and 4 earned runs while striking out 5 in the loss. They got 2 hits from Stephen Drew in a losing cause.
The battle of the bats favored Kansas City as they had 9 hits, while Boston only had 7.
Greg Holland pitched the final 1 inning for the save. He struck out 2 and allowed 0 hits in his outing.
Kansas City looks to continue its winning ways next game with a battle against Miami. Boston will aim to get back on the winning track at Toronto.