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Garciaparra Belts A Pair In BoSox Win


The Red Sox just finished a long trip to the West Coast. After just one game back in Boston, they've already had a long homestand.

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  • In a game delayed by rain and then extended into extra innings, Nomar Garciaparra homered twice -- the second a three-run shot in the 10th Tuesday night that gave Boston a 7-4 victory over the Royals.

    "It's nice after a long road trip to come home and walk away with a victory," Garciaparra said. "Everybody's going out there and doing their job. They aren't looking for someone else to do it for them."

    Garciaparra tied it with a solo homer in the sixth. In the 10th, Darren Lewis and Mo Vaughn singled before Garciaparra homered over the Green Monster with one out.

    It was Boston's seventh consecutive victory over the Royals, who have lost five straight overall. Boston won in its last at-bat for the 14th time this season.

    "These kids keep fighting," said Boston manager Jimy Williams, whose club went 8-4 against on its trip to the four AL West cities. "They leave it on the field."

    Tom Gordon (6-3) pitched 2 1/3 innings for the win, allowing one run on three hits while striking out three. Jeff Montgomery (1-4) gave up four runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings, blowing a save after converting 15 consecutive chances.

    "You have to give Lewis and Vaughn credit. They hit it where people weren't," Montgomery said. "I made a low-quality pitch, and he (Garciaparra) hit it out."

    The Royals led 2-1 before Garciaparra hit his 23rd home run in the sixth. In the seventh, Darren Bragg singled with one out and moved to third on Scott Hatteberg's single.

    Pinch-hitter Orlando Merced looped a high ly ball to medium right field. Bragg ran through the stop sign and slid head first, barely eluding the tag from catcher Mike Sweeney.

    But Kansas City tied it in the top of the eighth when Jose Offerman drew a leadoff walk and Dean Palmer singled. Jermaine Dye nearly hit into a triple play, but he beat the relay to first.

    Terry Pendleton hit a long fly ball off the center-field wall to score Dye and make it 3-all. Larry Sutton was intentionally walked, then the rains came.

    After a delay of 1 hour, 25 minutes, Kansas City took its third lead of the game when Johnny Damon singled, stole second and scored on Hal Morris' single.

    The Red Sox tied it in the bottom of the ninth on singles by Troy O'Leary, Mike Stanley and Bragg and Scott Hatteberg's sacrifice fly.

    Red Sox starter Steve Avery went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out five. Avery is 8-0 when he's lasted more than four innings, but this time he picked up a no decision.

    Both leadoff hitters reached base in the first inning and both were thrown out at the plate on plays that weren't even close. Both times, there was just one out.

    The Royals did score in the third, when Morris singled, advanced on a walk and scored on Palmer's single.

    Boston tied it in the fourth, when Garciaparra walked and scored on O'Leary's triple. It was O'Leary's team-leading eighth triple of the year, a career high.

    Kansas City took a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Offerman walked, took second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on Sal Fasano's squeeze.

    Notes

  • The Red Sox have hit nine homers in their last three games.
  • The Red Sox observed a moment of silence and lowered the U.S. flag to half-staff in memory of Det. John Gibson , one of the police officers killed at the U.S. Capitol last month. Gibson was a native of Waltham, Mass., and a lifelong Red Sox fan.
  • The Royals are 0-8 against the Yankees, 1-7 against Boston and .500 against the rest of the league.
  • Royals first baseman Jeff King left the game in the third inning with lower back soreness.
  • The Royals recalled Dye from Triple-A Omaha to replace Jermaine Allensworth , who was claimed on waivers by the Mets.
  • Offerman stole his 31st base in the sixth inning, a career high.

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