Dustin Pedroia continued his impressive ahead 3 win over the Royals.

Pedroia is batting .500 (24-for-48) with 12 RBI in his career at Kansas City. He went 3-for-4 in the opener of this four-game series, as the Red Sox remained a half-game behind the New York Yankees for first in the AL East.

Josh Beckett (10-5), who allowed seven hits over seven frames, managed to snap a personal four-game winless stretch. The right-hander moved to 7-1 lifetime against the Royals.

Alex Gordon went deep for a second straight night, belting a two-run homer, but the Royals lost for the ninth time in 11 contests.

Luke Hochevar (8-10) fanned six, but was tagged for eight hits and four runs over six frames.