How it happened: Conor Gillaspie hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to pull the Sox within one, but the Royals put it away with a three-run ninth inning off reliever Matt Lindstrom. Kansas City scored single runs in the third and seventh innings while James Shields pitched just well enough to keep the Sox off the board through the first seven. He gave up eight hits and two walks but no runs. The Sox left the bases loaded in the sixth as Josh Phegley grounded out and the offense was quiet other than Gillaspie’s blow off reliever Kelvin Herrera. David Lough homered off Sox starter Jose Quintana while Miguel Tejada's sacrifice fly in the seventh ended up being the game-winning RBI. Quintana went seven innings but took the loss despite lowering his ERA to 3.55.
What it means: Quintana, like teammate Chris Sale, ranks among the league leaders for getting little run support and Friday only lowered that number to an average of below four runs per game. He did his best to keep the Sox close, but Lindstrom allowed Kansas City to find some breathing room for the first time on the night.
Not-so-Web Gem: Casper Wells -- in the game as a defensive replacement in left field -- dropped a routine fly ball to extend the three-run ninth by the Royals.
What’s next: The series continues on Saturday when Sale (6-9, 2.81 ERA) takes on the Royals’ Wade Davis (4-9, 5.92) in a 7:10 CT start.