Royals 7, Red Sox 5
BOSTON (AP) _ Mark Quinn hit a tiebreaking double during a three-run eighth inning and Johnny Damon went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored Saturday to lead the Kansas City Royals over the Boston Red Sox 7-5.
Mike Sweeney drove in two runs for the Royals, who won for just the second time in nine games.
Boston’s Carl Everett went 3-for-5 with his 27th homer in his return following a 10-game suspension for bumping an umpire July 15. Before the game, he got into a shouting match with manager Jimy Williams. Neither would discuss the it.
Nomar Garciaparra went 1-for-4, dropping his major league-leading average to .392. He tied the score in with an RBI single in the seventh following Everett’s double.
Brian Meadows (1-0), making his first appearance for Kansas City since he was acquired Monday from San Diego, allowed one run and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. Ricky Bottalico got three outs for his 10th save in 16 chances. He allowed Everett’s two-out homer, walked the next two batters, then struck out Jason Varitek.
With the score 4-all, Jermaine Dye and Joe Randa singled in the eighth off Rheal Cormier (2-2) and Quinn greeted Rod Beck with a ground-rule double into Boston’s bullpen.
Gregg Zaun followed with a run-scoring single and pinch-hitter Dave McCarty hit an RBI grounder.
Rolando Arrojo, making his first home start since being acquired in a five-player deal from Colorado July 27, gave up four runs _ three earned _ and six hits in 4 2-3 innings.
Kansas City starter Chad Durbin gave up three runs, one hit and four walks in 1 1-3 innings. Twenty-one of his 36 pitches were balls.
Sweeney’s RBI single in the first and Luis Ordez’s run-scoring grounder in the second put Kansas City ahead 2-0.
Boston took a 3-2 lead in the bottom half when Durbin walked the bases loaded, Mike Lansing hit two-run single after Trot Nixon had a sacrifice fly.
Arrojo threw a run-scoring wild pitch that tied the game in the third, and Sweeney had an RBI grounder in the fifth following a double by Damon, batting .466 in 23 games since the All-Star break with 15 doubles.
Notes: Damon stole his league-leading 31st stolen base. ... Red Sox LF Troy O’Leary threw out Jermaine Dye at the plate to end the fifth. ... Kansas City’s last four losses have been by one run. ... Boston’s Brian Daubach, who hit the go-ahead homer in Friday’s 5-4 win, is in a 5-for-39 slump.