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Royals rally to down RedSox

THE Kansas City Royals roared back from a six-run deficit to pound the Boston Red Sox 12-9 in a rain-splattered American League game between teams with contrasting records on Monday.

The Royals, who trailed 0-6 in the third inning, scored six runs in the sixth inning to seize command at 11-9 and beat the AL wildcard leading Red Sox (89-60).

That's just going out there and not giving up," first baseman Billy Butler, who drove in two runs, told reporters. "We took it to them. If they say anything different, they're not telling you the truth."

Kansas City (62-88), which is near the bottom of the AL Central Division, struck for five hits off two relievers in the sixth after Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield did not take the mound. They included two-run hits by infielders Alberto Callaspo and Yuniesky Betancourt.

Boston staked Wakefield to a six-run lead in the third, highlighted by Jason Bay's three-run homer and a two-run single by Jacoby Ellsbury.

But Kansas City chipped away with runs in the third and fourth innings and after Boston took an 8-2 lead in the top of the fifth, the Royals added three more in their half of the inning on designated hitter Mike Jacobs' three-run homer.

"After Jake's homer, we started thinking, We're in this game. With the conditions the way they were, anything could happen," Royals' centre fielder Josh Anderson said.

A wild pitch gave Boston a 9-5 advantage in the sixth, but Butler's RBI double and Callaspo's two-run double brought the Royals within one run later in the sixth.

Alex Gordon tied the score at 9-9 on a run-scoring single and Betancourt made it an 11-9 game with his two-run single.

Butler added another run-scoring double in the seventh.

Wakefield, who has been hampered by leg and back problems, pitched five innings for Boston, allowing five hits and five runs while striking out two and walking seven.

The loss went to the Red Sox's second reliever in the sixth, Daniel Bard (2-2).

Yasuhiko Yabuta (2-1) gained the win for Kansas City by pitching the sixth in relief of starter Lenny DiNardo. DiNardo gave up 10 hits and eight runs in five innings.

In Anaheim, California, Joe Saunders pitched into the ninth inning as Los Angeles prevented New York from wrapping up a playoff spot with a 5-2 victory Monday night in a matchup of division leaders.

Vladimir Guerrero and Torii Hunter hit consecutive RBI doubles off Yankees starter Andy Pettitte, and Kendry Morales added a pinch-hit homer.

The Angels reduced their magic number to six for clinching their third consecutive AL West title. The Yankees, who have dropped six of 10, could have secured a postseason spot with a win or a Texas loss at Oakland. The Rangers beat the Athletics 10-3.

Los Angeles has won four of five and remained a season-best 7? games ahead of Texas.

Saunders (14-7) gave up two runs and seven hits in 8 1-3 innings, struck out three and walked none in winning his fifth consecutive decision and sixth in his last seven.

Brian Fuentes got two outs for his 44th save.


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